1. Look for offers! Obvious I know but some people don't realise that there are regular offers to help you get in a little bit cheaper. It is worth spending a bit of time digging around to see what you can find. Money Saving Expert has a whole page dedicated to the most recent Legoland deals.
2. If you are travelling a fair distance and need to stay over somewhere try looking a little outside of Windsor. We stayed in the Bracknell Central Premier Inn, 20 minutes drive from Legoland. Our family room was £49 and had everything we needed the receptionists gave the boys colouring packs when we arrived which i thought was a nice touch and kept them amused for a while plus there is a reasonably priced chain pub next door (£35 for the 4 of us to eat including alcoholic drinks for Phil and I).
3. Take your own food and drink. Food and drink in the park is EXPENSIVE! Take your own picnic, there are plenty of grassy areas where you can sit and eat. Miniland is a good area for this as it has loads of grass around the edges and you can admire the models while you picnic. We picked up a whole host of picnic goodies plus water at a supermarket for around £10, you wouldn't get much food for that price in the park!
4. Arrive early. Make the most of your day by arriving early, we arrived on site about 30 minutes before the rides opened, it gave us time to park up, collect our tickets and get our bearings. Plan your must do's first and head to them first before the queues get too big or wait until the very end of the day when the park is calming down. We stayed until closing and stlll didn't see the whole park so it is worth a bit of forward planning and considering which parts you wouldn't mind missing out. Legoland have a great app which can help with this.
5. Set a shopping budget and shop first. Decide roughly how much you want to spend in the shop. There is a huge amount of choice, you can spend less than £1 on a postcard, £4.99 on 3 minifigures or go for a huge set costing £££'s it would be really easy to get carried away in there. Head to the shop first. Early in the day the shop was quiet and easy to browse. You can buy your items and the park will store them for you until you want to collect at the end of your day, it's really easy. Simply pay and fill in a form at the till, keep your part of the form and head back and collect before you leave. I am honestly so glad we did this as the shop was rammed when we went back at closing time to collect our shopping, it was a warm day and the boys were tired and really not in the mood to look around by this point and we would have had tears.
Have you visited Legoland? Do you have any tips for visiting Legoland on a budget?