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A mum's tale | perfect hotels for your next family trip to Legoland

Mummy blogger Jacqui is here to take the stress away from planning your next family trip to Legoland with her hotel recommendations and handy top tips.

Is a family trip to Windsor complete without some Legoland fun? Probably not. Set in the delightful town of Windsor, it would be a shame to visit without extending your stay and exploring all that this destination has to offer. 

With stunning views, centuries of history and the arguably the world’s favourite castle – partially thanks to a little royal wedding held there in May 2018 – Windsor is a town packed full of sights and delights for the whole family.

The girls and I often travel to this picturesque town to catch up with friends, and we’ve fallen in love with this Royal Borough and all the fun activities it has to offer. Now we’re passing on some of our favourite family-friendly pastimes, including – of course – a stop at the world-famous LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

My first recommendation is to take your time – there’s so much to see and do that you’ll need at least an entire weekend to fit it all in!  But first things first: where to stay?

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort Hotel | the ultimate Lego family stay

For the complete LEGOLAND experience, book a stay at the magical Windsor Resort Hotel. There are five themed rooms to choose from half the fun is deciding which one to book. The girls knew straight away what they’d go for – Pirate for Big Sis, and LEGO Friends for Lil Sis – and there’s also Adventure, Kingdom and a brand-new LEGO NINJAGO theme.

Each stay includes breakfast and a two-day pass to the park, making your mornings as stress-free as possible, and you even have the chance to jump on some of the rides 30 minutes before the park opens to the public. With two themed onsite restaurants and kids’ entertainment each evening from 5.30pm so you’ll never hear those dreaded words: ‘I’m bored!’.

Driving time to park:

0 minutes.

Best for:

Mums looking for convenience and a totally immersive Lego experience!

Top LEGOLAND tip 1:

Keep an eye out for special promotions – you’ll often find free ticket deals running in newspapers, or via various websites and food brands (Google ‘Kids Go Free’ to find current offers). Alternatively, online advance tickets are usually cheaper – buy your tickets via the website and print them out at home to save money and speed up your entry at the turnstiles.

Legoland

Windsor, 0.2 km to Legoland
7.9 Good (297 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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Budget friendly accommodation close to Legoland

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If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, this hotel near Legoland is in the heart of Windsor and just a 10-minute drive from the park. Book a regular family room, or pay a little bit more to upgrade to a SuperRoom Family and benefit from a range of swish added extras, including a coffee machine, mood lighting and blackout curtains – perfect for those little ones who are too excited to sleep. An onsite restaurant serves breakfast and evening meals, so if you have worn-out kids you don’t have to venture far.

Driving time to park:

10 minutes.

Best for:

Pocket-friendly prices and a convenient central location.

Top LEGOLAND tip 2:

Arrive early – the park opens at 9.30am, and the rides begin from 10am. Use that half-an-hour to get inside, get your bearings and figure out your plan of action.

Head downhill and straight to the back of the park – most visitors congregate at the front and wander inwards. If you go to the far side the crowds will be thinner and you can take your pick of the rides before the queues start to build. This way you’re also back at the exit before the tiredness kicks in, and the tantrums begin.

Travelodge Windsor Central

Windsor, 3.4 km to Legoland
7.4 Default (1433 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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A family-friendly riverside stay

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This four-star riverside hotel is located within easy walking distance of the town’s most popular attractions, including Eton College and Windsor Castle, and is a 10-minute drive from LEGOLAND. Extra beds can be arranged on request, and interconnecting rooms can be booked for families. If you don’t fancy room service, all-day dining is available in the brasserie, overlooking the water with ample opportunity for games of eye-spy!

Driving time to park:

10 minutes.

Best for:

Relaxing river views and a handy central location.

Top LEGOLAND tip 3:

Take advantage of the Parent Swap Pass, which allows one parent to accompany their child while the other parent waits with younger siblings. Then they can swap over without having to queue twice (you’ll need to check at each attraction to find out if they offer this service).

Sir Christopher Wren Hotel & Spa

Windsor, 3.7 km to Legoland
7.7 Good (1699 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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A country escape for families close to Legoland Windsor

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This stunning neo-Gothic country house sits on the River Thames, and is just a 12-minute drive from LEGOLAND. A truly family-friendly hotel, Oakley Court offers a popular children’s menu, child-sized bathrobes in the rooms and the staff will even bring up milk and cookies at bedtime – with this kind of VIP treatment my girls would never want to leave! Eagle-eyed grown-ups might also recognise the imposing architecture, as the exterior was used for Dr Frank N Furter’s castle in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Driving time to park:

12 minutes.

Best for:

Secluded luxury with a truly family-friendly feel.

Top LEGOLAND tip 4:

There are several restaurants within the park, but you can also choose to save money by packing a picnic and eating it in any of the outdoor areas. Take reusable bottles too, and refill at the water fountains dotted around the park.

The Oakley Court

Top rated
Windsor, 3.3 km to Legoland
8.6 Excellent (2827 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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For a family that likes convenience

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Just seven minutes from the resort entrance, you know what you’re going to get with this well-known hotel chain. Families of three can book a double room with sofa bed, but groups of four and above will have to book multiple rooms – although connecting rooms are available if you book far enough in advance. High-speed wifi, black out blinds and the breakfast buffet are all included in your room rate – faff-free convenience so you can concentrate on having quality family time.

Driving time to park:

10 minutes.

Best for:

Straightforward accommodation that won’t blow the budget.

Top LEGOLAND tip 5:

If your budget allows, invest in a Q-Bot ride reservation system. Starting from £25 per person (plus a £50 refundable deposit) the handheld device allows you to reserve your place in the queue at over 20 attractions, and alerts you when it’s your turn to ride.

Holiday Inn Express Windsor

Windsor, 2.7 km to Legoland
8.0 Very good (1679 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.8 / 10
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A family-friendly hotel set amongst luxurious grounds

A few miles from the bustle of the town centre, but still just a short drive from LEGOLAND, the De Vere Beaumont Estate is an 18th-century mansion that has recently undergone a multi-million-pound renovation. I’d love the quintessential English country home experience while the girls would adore exploring the 40 acres of beautiful parkland. With spacious family rooms and all the modern conveniences – including a choice of restaurants and an afternoon tea parlour – this is the perfect place to unwind and catch up on precious family time.

Driving time to park:

15 minutes.

Best for:

Treating yourself to a luxurious English country house getaway.

Top LEGOLAND tip 6:

Download the LEGOLAND app before you go – this will also let you know of special deals and packages. The handy ‘Queues’ function will also help you once you’re inside by letting you know the wait times of each ride.

De Vere Beaumont Estate

Windsor, 5.4 km to Legoland
7.1 Default (4826 reviews)
Very good Location 8.2 / 10
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Mum-friendly tips for the perfect trip

If you’ve had your fill of Lego fun, head into Windsor to explore the historic town and its family-friendly offerings. Here are my insider recommendations…

What to do with the kids in Windsor

Windsor Duck Tours

Start with an informative guided road tour taking in the sights of Windsor, then watch the delight on your kids’ faces when the amphibious vehicle takes a turn down the slipway and splashes down into the River Thames. From this vantage point on England’s world-famous river, you can enjoy a unique perspective of the Royal Borough, including amazing views of the castle.

Windsor Castle

Get a taste of the Royal life, with a tour of the Queen’s weekend home, Windsor Castle. You can admire the castle’s lavish state apartments and reception halls. Don’t miss a tour of St George’s Chapel, the now world-famous location of Megan and Harry’s wedding, and resting place of Royalty, including the Queen Mother. Download a family activity trail before you visit and spot the landmarks together; and check the website for special children’s events, including arts and crafts and drawing workshops.

Eton College

Visit Eton College, the exclusive boys’ school founded in 1440 which boasts high-profile ex-students such as Prince William, Prince Harry and former Prime Minister David Cameron. If you have a Harry Potter fan in the family, they might recall Eton being namechecked by Harry’s Muggle-born classmate, Justin Finch-Fletchley in the first film. If you fancy a nosey, guided tours are run during the summer months; alternatively the ‘Museum of Eton Life’ is open every Sunday afternoon, between 2.30 and 5pm.

Windsor Great Park

Windsor might be a bustling market town, but it has a lush, green heart. Windsor Great Park was first used over 1000 years ago as a Norman hunting ground. In 1680 the iconic avenue of trees was planted along three-mile length of The Long Walk, leading to the castle gates.

Today there are a number of landscaped areas within the park, making it perfect for picnics and family strolls. There is a children’s play area in the Obelisk Lawn, overlooking a pond where they can feed the ducks and swans, and regular child-friendly events are held throughout the year. You can even book a traditional horse and carriage to take you around the park.

Cliveden House and Gardens

Cliveden House is the magnificent country estate where Megan Markle stayed before marrying her prince. Not just a luxury hotel, this is also a National Trust property, meaning you can explore the stunning gardens and pre-book tours of the stately home.

It’s a real family-friendly attraction, with manicured gardens, a riverside walk, woodlands to explore and a the Storybook Play Den for younger children. With regular family events, including seasonal trails, tree climbing and outdoor theatre productions, this is well worth the 20-minute drive from Windsor, to the neighbouring village of Taplow.

Historical Windsor

Wandering the streets of Windsor is like stepping back in time. Join a walking tour to reveal its medieval secrets, or venture out on your own, admiring the Georgian and Victorian buildings.

Take a (very quick) wander down Queen Charlotte Street – the shortest street in Britain – and marvel at the infamous ‘Wonky House of Windsor’. Built in 1718, over time the building developed a distinct lean, now considered an integral part of its charm. Over the centuries it has been a butcher and a beer shop and a tearoom, but is currently the home of the Jersey Pearl Shop. Afterwards, revive tired kids with a visit to Hardy’s Original Sweet Shop in the Windsor Royal Shopping Arcade.

Jacqui Paterson

Jacqui is a mum of two and full time blogger. You can read more about her family adventures and travel & style musings over on her site: Mummy's Little Monkey.
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