When visiting the UK, a lot of visitors stick to London – but there is so much more for you to see and all within easy access from London.
A recent survey of visitors arriving into London taken by Sightseeingtourslondon.co.uk showed that more than 30% of visitors to London from overseas, staying for longer than 3 nights do not go outside of London when they could easily.
So, if you if you are in London with kids you really will want to consider getting out and visiting Windsor. Why? Well simply because LEGOLAND is located there.
In fact, a day really is not enough but it is better than no time. You will be able to take yourself back to your former childhood memories and fins yourself riding on theme park rides that will make you feel like you are running away from the dragons. Or, you can take a ride on the water rapids and feel like you are a Viking.
There is a lovely little driving course that is set up for kids to feel like they are taking their driving test. They will be issued with a mock driving licence should they pass the course!
There are laser guns set up in an old-style ancient tomb and there is a lovely little pirate themed stunt show set up by acrobats. Your kids will feel in their element when visit LEGOLAND Windsor. You really cannot deprive them of the chance to go and see the wonderful world of LEGOLAND.
Having opened at the end of March 2010 we decided to visit the Legoland Discovery Center in Manchester with friends a week after opening. Legoland discovery center is located in the Barton Square quarter of the Trafford center and has ample parking space at Barton square. If you park at the Trafford center its a 5-10 minute walk through to Barton Square.
As you would expect from Legoland the attraction boasts a huge amount of things to do for kids of all ages and adults with a 4d cinema showing a couple of films (I personally recommend Bob the Builder) an interactive dark ride, factory tour showing the lego making process which the kids help along with and numerous models on display and areas to build and test your own creations. The attraction also has cafe serving hot and cold drinks and snacks and for the little ones a soft play area. Model making classes/tutorials are held during the day with kids been taught by the professionals how to build a variety of models.
Ruthin Gaol is a old prison based in North Wales which was built in the seventeenth century and designed by architect Joseph Turner. The Gaol at Ruthin served as a Jail until 1866. The jail was extended after the prison act of 1865 to accommodate 100 prisoners then in 1877 the Gaol’s day to day running was handed over to the home office when it became H.M Prison Ruthin until its closure in 1916.
In 1926 the Gaol was sold to the local council for office and library use until in 2002 it undertook extensive restoration works in at a cost of two million pounds, after this work the Gaol opened to the public.
It may not sound like an interesting attraction to visit and its hardly advertised anywhere (hardly anyone I spoke to had heard of it). I was fortunate to be told about the prison by someone who lives locally.
It does provide a fascinating insight into prison life. Been able to see the way prisoners lived, took a bath, what food they ate really does make you grateful you weren’t a criminal back in the day of Ruthin Gaol.
A visit to Ruthin Gaol isnt going to take a full day but its an ideal place to spend a couple of hours, the staff are all very friendly and will go out of there way to help you understand items and they also have some art supplies to give the kids something to do.