On the hunt for half price Legoland tickets? There are plenty about and they’re probably right under your nose. Take a look at how you can drastically cut the cost of your day out.
Not only do we have to contend with rubbish weather in the UK, but we are also a little limited to the number of theme parks we can visit. And when your choice is limited, it means you get charged a lot more.
My first experience with Legoland was a trip to their park in Florida which was quite enjoyable (although it’s not a patch on Disney). And after a bit of nagging, my wife managed to convince me to pay a visit to their park in Windsor. And do you know what? I think the UK park was far better than the one in Florida (excluding the weather of course). But there was one issue… it was so expensive!
Why go to Legoland?
So, with so many theme parks in the UK, why would you choose the Legoland resort at Windsor? Well, first of all, there are over 55 rides and attractions to choose from.
Secondly, this is great for young families. And although it’s primarily aimed at kids aged between 3 and 12, there’s plenty to do for the whole family. Kids can learn to drive, fly through treetops to escape dragons, join a Viking ship or go on a magical underwater adventure.
You probably won’t get to see it all in one day so you could stay overnight in a fully themed bedroom at the Legoland resort.
How much is a Legoland ticket?
The most expensive way to enter the park is to turn up on the day and buy a ticket at the gate. Always book in advance as it could save you up to 38% per ticket. Ticketing is broken up into 4 colours.
Green – for days outside of school holidays
Yellow – for weekends
Blue – for peak holiday periods
Red – for Christmas
|7 days in advance||Gate Price|
|Pink Day Ticket||£32||£47|
|Orange Day Ticket||£37||£52|
|Purple Day Ticket||£47||£60|
*Prices correct March 2019.
Remember – under 3’s go free!
That’s all very well, but how do you find discounts?
Half price Legoland tickets from… Cereal packets
Have you ever sat at your table, early in the morning, munching through your cereal whilst staring at the packet? Or is that just me? Anyway, if you have, you may have noticed an offer on the side of the packet. It will often say something like “Free Adult Entry”.
These vouchers can often be used for all the major parks around the UK, such as Alton Towers, Chessington, Thorpe Park and yes, Legoland. All you have to do is present the voucher and when you purchase a child or adult’s ticket, an adult gets in free. And in case you’re wondering, an adult and a child’s ticket cost the same price.
Now, the above method can be a bit of a pain as you have to queue when you arrive at the park to buy your tickets. But never fear! Cereal packets should have a unique code written inside the box. This allows you to book your tickets online without any need for queuing. You can then print your ticket and scan it on entry. Please note that I did say “should”.
Unfortunately, when we went to book our tickets, one of the packets we had was missing the code which meant we had to choose the queuing option.
Which cereal packets?
Kellogg’s. In fact, it’s not restricted to just their cereal packets. You can also find the vouchers on their cereal bar and Fruit Winder packets, although not the codes which allow you to book online. The promotion isn’t always on, so you need to check their current offers by visiting the Kellogg’s website.
I can’t find any vouchers!
If the Kellogg’s site tells you the promotion is on, it’s well worth taking a trip to your local supermarket to have a root around for the vouchers. But if you can’t find any, pop round to a neighbour’s house or ask friends and family. And if all else fails, then eBay is your friend. There are plenty of people selling these vouchers for just a few pounds.
Vouchers aren’t the only way to find discounts from Legoland, Windsor. There are a couple of schemes which can help you save money too.
Blue Light Card holders
If you work for the emergency services and have a Blue Light Card, you can book discounted Legoland tickets through their site or app. This will typically save you around £5 per ticket compared to booking it through The Legoland website.
This handy membership offers discounts for families on, cinema tickets, restaurants and most importantly, theme parks. Kids Pass claims that a family of four will save £73.44 by booking through them.
It does cost to join Kids Pass, but you can usually take a trial out for just £1.
If you’re a regular shopper at Tesco, the chances are, you will have built up some Clubcard points. These can be exchanged at quite a few places, including Legoland.
In total, you will receive 3 x the value of your Clubcard points. That means, £1 of Clubcard points will be worth £3 in Legoland tickets.
Groupon is a deals site offering discount not only at shops but for days out too. There are deals for Legoland regularly listed on the site, although they won’t usually save you quite as much as half-price.
If you plan to make several trips to Legoland over the year, then it may be worth investing on one of their an annual passes.
A standard pass gives you
- Off peak entry into Legoland Windsor
- 10% off in retail shops
- 20% off food and beverage
If you upgrade to a premium annual pass, you will also get free entry on super peak days ad free parking.
If you decide that you want to spend a couple of days at Legoland, then spending a night in the hotel might be preferable. Staying on site comes with some added benefits
- 2nd day free – visit the park on the 2nd day for no extra cost
- Just steps away from the park
- A treasure hunt in every room
- Pirate themed indoor pool
- Themed rooms with interactive Lego features
- Full breakfast
There are two options to choose from – the Legoland Castle Hotel and the Legoland Resort Hotel, with the latter being slightly cheaper. If you decide to stay in a Legoland hotel, expect to pay a premium of anything between £150-£250 per night.
The Legoland website also shows deals for hotels outside of the park, with these being much cheaper.
If you’re trying to get the best deal and you can find half-price tickets using the method above, it will be cheaper to book your room by going to the hotel directly.
For example, below is the price for two children and two adults for one night at the Copthorne Hotel, Slough. For one night and park entry for two days, the cost comes to £277 (incidentally, staying at the Legoland Castle Hotel cost £645).
If you were to buy your tickets separately, they will set you back £39 each or £156 for four people. With half-price tickets, that would mean it would actually come to £156 for entry for both days.
But visiting the Copthorne Hotel directly, the price for booking a room for a family of four came to £46.85.
In total, the cost comes to £202.85 – a saving of £74.15.
As you can see, just from a few minutes work, you can save a lot of money.
Other Legoland costs
Finding cheap Legoland tickets won’t be your only concern. You will need to pay for parking, although you do get a discount for booking in advance. Priority parking will cost more. Personally, I would never choose priority as it isn’t that much closer and you will be walking all day anyway.
|Online||On the day|
Food. If you’re sensible/prepared, then take food with you. A meal (burger, chips and a drink) came to just over £40 for the five of us. And there is the option to order a meal deal in advance, which will save you around 14%. I did keep hold of a “bottomless” cup we received with the food so I could go back later on and could grab a drink on the way out of the park. I’m not sure if you’re allowed to, but take that anyway Mr. Legoland!
Bottles of soft drink cost £2.50 each, so you have to weigh up whether you lug your own drinks around, or buy them there.
But don’t let the cost put you off, as I’m sure you’ll all have a fantastic time.
Good luck in your search for half price Legoland tickets!
The park is not open all year round. It opens in March and closes again in November. This gives the park time to refurbish with minimal disruption to guests.
The address is Winkfield Rd, Windsor SL4 4AY.
The park is 25 miles from London (roughly a 35-minute drive).
London Heathrow is a 30-minute drive from Legoland. Luton is a 45-minute journey.