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On a wooded hillside near Windsor, with the great castle as a
magical backdrop, the world's second LEGOLAND came to Britain.
The first is in Denmark, and the third in California. Over
25 million blocks went into the creation of buildings, scenes and
characters here. And, 250,000 were used to create a huge dinosaur
welcoming visitors just inside the park entrance.
Children between two
to ten years of age are
probably the most
enthusiastic visitors to
LEGOLAND Windsor. Rides
and shows are geared to
them, although the detail
and humour seen in its
five different areas are
most appreciated by
scenes, Miniland is
outstanding. Here a milk
van delivers to thatched
cottages on an English country lane. Brighton Pier is a
masterpiece, with deckchairs and sun umbrellas and children
playing on a pebble beach.
The Dutch landscape has traditional windmills. Amsterdam
canals have sightseeing boats gliding along them. The tall houses
are so perfectly detailed one has a pulley to haul furniture to
its top floor. London's Tower Bridge opens to admit barges into
the Pool of London. Sounds add to the realism as cows moo, birds
screech, ins whistle. In all, Miniland has 800 model buildings,
700 miniature cars, trains, ships, docks and building equipment.
Study them well. Many have characters you can miss at first
glance, and usually they'll make you smile.
The cheekiness of LEGOLAND's creators causes a giggle
everywhere we turn. In real trees LEGO birds squawk from LEGO
nests. A felled tree is crawling with LEGO ants hauling licorice
allsorts. Water spurts from unlikely places.
An area known as My Town has real-sized buildings, enhanced by
LEGO inhabitants. Scattered around the park are seventeen live
shows, the most popular being Brickadilly's Circus in which
children from the audience are invited to participate. Puppet
shows generate the same high level of enthusiasm. The Duplo
Gardens attracts younger visitors anxious to ride its miniature
I visited LEGOLAND during the school half-term week in
October and found it comfortably busy. In mid-summer, especially
in fine weather, it is likely to be packed to capacity so you
will want to get here early.
GETTING THERE: LEGOLAND Windsor is open daily from the end of
March to the end of September, plus weekends and during the
October school break. Admission price covers all activities,
shows and rides. Located 3km (2mi) from the centre of Windsor on
Hwy B3022, it is well signposted. Train services from London are
frequent to Windsor, from where a shuttle operates to the park.
Heathrow Airport is 20 minutes away, which makes this a
delightful day out before heading home.