Legoland Discovery Centre and SeaLife Aquarium Manchester

We first went to SeaLife in Manchester before it opened. But we haven’t made it back since for one reason or another and even though we have one of the biggest LEGO fans on the planet in our son, C, we had never visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre either.

What better time to visit both attractions when they both have great events on especially for the summer holidays? With tickets for both attractions costing approximately £85 for 2 adults and 2 children we were glad to find out that it takes a full day to get around both places and if you stretch a bit further then for £176 you can get an annual pass for both attractions and then go back as many times as you want. Great if you live anywhere near!

We started our day out at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. We enjoyed the initial factory themed segment and the kids were thrilled to receive a special brick from the machines too.


We then moved through to the first ride. There was a short queue, sadly we were a little disappointed and felt it could have been much better with an update.

On the way in we had a few family photos taken and straight after the ride was a desk to view the photos along with one from the ride. We chose to buy one of the shots which is printed straight away. Sadly, this meant we had to carry the photo around for the rest of the visit, which was annoying. The most annoying part of this was that there is another photo desk on the way out and we would have waited if we had known.

The main floor contains loads of LEGO themed games, activities and fun! Our favourites were the LEGO 4D film for the whole family and the amazing LEGO Ninjago play frame for the kids. We spent around 2.5hours but you could definitely make it last longer than that by buying lunch or taking a picnic. We had a coffee and a snack and headed into the Trafford Centre for lunch.
After lunch we headed to SeaLife. As I said last time we went was before it opened so we were viewing it with new eyes. We loved exploring the different creatures, finding Nemo and Dory and touching starfish in the shallow pools. For the summer holidays you can also find clues to The Octonauts and collect stamps as you explore. We even met one of the characters during our visit! 

The kids also liked the play frame but the shortage of seating meant we didn’t let them play for long.

We spent a further 1.5 hours here so it turned into a nice day out. You could do one of them and shopping in The Trafford Centre to make it a day out each time you visit if you chose the annual pass.

Overall we preferred LEGOLAND, I think due to the ages of our children and their love of LEGO. Younger children may prefer SeaLife. 

We received tickets to both attractions in exchange for this review.

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