Wednesday, May 15, 2024
HomeUK TravelThe best things to do near Legoland Billund with kids

The best things to do near Legoland Billund with kids


I hardly need list the reasons why a trip to Legoland Billund is so tempting with kids. The original Legoland, the Danish site can often be quieter than the Windsor park, you’ve got quirky hotels to stay in and there are plenty of other things to do near Legoland Billund with kids.

My daughter looking at some of the Lego houses in Miniand at Legoland Billund - but beyond the bricks, here are some of the best things to do near Legoland Billund with kids

contains affiliate links*

We visited earlier this year as part of a week’s press trip exploring Jutland – you can check out our full itinerary here. And I quickly realised we could have spent a lot longer in Billund alone.

So if you’re wondering what else there is to do on a family holiday in Billund, I’ve found nine things to do with kids near Legoland, all less than half an hour’s drive away.

Check out my complete guide to Denmark with kids here

Exterior of the Lego House in Billund where my daughter runs towards three oversize Lego brick models - the second day of our week in Jutland with kids

The Lego House

There’s plenty of Lego to look at at Legoland Billund – the creations of Miniland for starters – but if you want to get hands on, you can’t miss the Lego House.

We had half a day here (plus lunch) and honestly, it wasn’t enough. There are suggestions and ideas of what to do along the way, plus staff to ensure everyone’s getting involved, but plenty of opportunities to get creative with the bricks.

My daughter loved the interactive options, like making Lego fish, scanning them and seeing them appear on a screen, plus we even got to make a stop-motion Lego drama.

But there were Lego creatures, Lego worlds to add to, Lego vehicles to make, Lego creations to marvel at, including the world’s biggest Lego sculpture… basically just floors and floors of bricks to enjoy.

Plus you can record it all via a wristband to relive some of the highlights later. I think I had as much fun as my daughter!

Looking down onto people picking pieces from the huge containers of Lego and a Lego waterfall in the background at the Lego house in Billund

The icing on the cake? Lunch at MiniChef, where you use Lego bricks to order from the menu, watch a video of Lego minifigures making it, and have it served in a brick-style Bento box (helped along the way by a robot).

And – naturally – there are bricks around to entertain you while you wait for your food. Where else could you spend half an hour trying to make the tallest Lego tower you can, have the next table donate a pyramid to the building efforts and staff decide to put it on display afterwards?

Once you’ve got in touch with your inner child, there’s also a museum on the history of Lego to learn a bit more about the famous bricks and a bag to take away…

Lalandia Billund

If you’re not staying at one of the Legoland hotels, the holiday cottages of Lalandia Billund are one of the most popular places to stay for families .

But whether you check in or not, make time to visit Lalandia itself, home to one of Denmark’s biggest waterparks in the Aquadome.

There’s a wave pool, slides galore, a lazy river plus a big splash zone and baby area for little ones.

Some of the slides are for kids 120cm or over, and quite a few are only for two people, so if you’re visiting solo with younger kids, it’s worth knowing you won’t be able to try all of them (equally, if you want an excuse to avoid some of the faster ones, this is it!).

Check out my review of Lalandia Billund here.

My daughter runs up a grassy hill outside Lalandia with the swirls of some of the waterslides of the Aquadome behind her - our stay at Lalandia Billund, in Denmark, part of a week in Jutland with kids

Entry is free to Lalandia guests, so if you do stay on site, you can pop in for an hour or two every day or if you’re visiting, there’s free parking for the first hour.

The Aquadome is only one of the family activities at Lalandia though, all tucked away inside a fairly nondescript building – step inside and it feels like you’ve walked into a moodlit piazza with different things to do around every corner.

The list includes bowling, an indoor mini golf, Winter World with skating, toboggan slope and a climbing wall, an outdoor high ropes course, various different sports, an arcade plus soft play and some extra activities for younger kids at Monky Tonky Playland.

A lot have a separate charge whether you’re staying on site or not. If you’re making a day visit, there are various restaurants (all fairly pricy) and a supermarket.

Walking through the revolving door of Lalandia to this mini moodlit piazza with restaurants, shops and the other facilities and family attractions at Lalandia Billund in Denmark

Billund Minigolf

While Lalandia has its own little mini golf course, if you’re looking for crazy golf, head to this little course between Lalandia and the Legoland Holiday village.

There are 18 holes in total, including some which I’m convinced are impossible – but were hilarious to attempt.

It made for a very fun afternoon, and it’s a bit of a bargain by Danish standards at around £5 for adults, £3.50 for kids. If no-one is manning the ticket booth, there’s an honesty system to leave the money and take the clubs.

You can pay in both krone and Euros (and there is a warning that you’ll be fined if you do get caught playing without paying). The course is open from April to October.

My daughter on the mini golf course near Lalandia Billund and Legoland Holiday Village during our week in Jutland

Billund Skulpturpark

For a walk with a difference, head to Billund Sculpture Park, which starts not far from the Lego House or near Lalandia (you can begin at either end).

Free to enter year-round, the trail is around a mile long with 22 sculptures along the path (which is also suitable for buggies). The plan is to keep adding more sculptures until there are around 50 to see.

Each has a QR code next to it, so you can learn more about the artwork, and kids are allowed to climb and interact with them – or if they’re not so interested in the sculpture, it’s still a lovely trail to walk along among the trees.

One of the spectacled bears at Givskud Zoo near Billund in Denmark - somewhere to visit during one week in Jutland with kids

Givskud Zoo

Around 20 minutes away from Billund itself is Givskud Zoo with 55 different species of animal to see, including spectacled bears.

It’s a fun mix of safari park and being able to walk around – there’s a free audio guide to download with commentary as you drive through. This digital upgrade is definitely handier than the CDs given out when we visited, as we discovered our hire car didn’t have a CD player – but even if you can’t get the audio guide to work, it’s very fun.

If you aren’t driving yourself, there are safari buses once you arrive too for an extra fee. Either way, the combination is great with kids as there are plenty of points to stop and stretch your legs on the walking safari section, as well as being able to see the animals close up.

There’s also an app to download with details of activities, plus a map, information on restaurants and shops, and the safari bus schedule.

The spectacled bears from South America (the inspiration for Paddington) were the newest additions when we visited, helping celebrate the zoo’s 50th birthday, with a spacious enclosure including pools and trees for the endangered species. The plan is to add more bears to the group too.

Along with the animals – which range from big cats and wolves to guinea pigs – there are some themed areas with more than 50 life-size dinosaurs towering over us in Dinosaur World.

A painted version of the rune stone at the entrance to Kongernes Jelling in Jutland, one of my top things to do near Legoland Billund with kids

Kongernes Jelling

Less than 30 minutes from Billund, the free museum at Kongernes Jelling is unmissable – home to two ancient rune stones, which include the first recorded mention of Denmark, it’s a fantastic way to bring history to life.

This is the model of what an interactive museum should be: on arrival my daughter was told she could touch anything… unless it was marked in orange, in which case she had to touch it to bring the exhibit to life.

We walked a virtual path to Valhalla, learned about Norse mythology, discovered which Viking weapon was likely to finish off your enemy fastest and found out a little more about everyday Viking life – it’s not all plundering and pillaging.

Outside are the two runestones themselves, including one made during the reign of Harald Bluetooth: once you’ve seen the information inside to put it in context, you can head out and look at the carvings.

The stones (inside protective glass cases) are next to an old church and between two burial mounds – take a look down from the museum roof before you explore with information on what to spot.

It’s worth climbing at least one of the mounds for the views, which include curving lines of white flagstones marking the outline of where a ship was once buried.

White slabs marking the burial place of an ancient Danish ship and flag flying above an old burial mound - our visit to Kongernes Jelling in Jutland, Denmark

Karensminde

Denmark does museums for kids very well, we discovered during our week in Jutland but a Living Museum always goes down particularly well.

And the Museumsgarden Karensminde is designed to take you back in time to the 1700s and 1800s, to life on a traditional Danish farm – and to join in with the jobs that would have needed doing.

There are animals on site, including pigs, sheep and chickens (kids can help collect the eggs on the way) as well as goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. Or you can take a trip around in a horse-drawn carriage.

There are plenty of other chances to get hands on as well, including fun crafts like making potato prints and painting eggs, watching toys being made in the wood workshop and making soup or jam in the kitchen.

Volunteers are also on site to share stories of the history of the farm, the people who would have lived there and to explain about their own tasks. Karensminde is around 20 minutes from Billund.

Engelsholm Castle

This 16th century Renaissance castle was inspired by the chateau of Ancy-le-Franc in France, for a little taste of Burgundy in Jutland.

Built by Knud Brahe, brother of famous astronomer Tycho Brahe, Engelsholm Castle is set on the shores of Engelsholm lake among parkland and forest, and while you can’t go inside (it’s now a school), you can stroll around the grounds.

Sign for the town of Billund in Denmark against a blue sky - the top things to do near Legoland Billund with kids

Get outdoors

Denmark is a great place to get active with kids, and there are plenty of walking and bike trails to explore in and around Billund.

If you want to stick close to the town, you can follow the Company Town walking trail route, with nine information boards telling the history of Billund’s development from a village to the home of Lego.

There are various play areas along the way, and some brightly coloured stones to mark the route. It also takes you through the Sculpture Park.

For proper countryside, head to the Gyttegaard Plantation and Grene Sande, on the outskirts of Billund. Alongside the sand drifts, there’s heathery moorland and trees, a mountain bike route and endless space for kids to run and play.

For more ideas of things to do near Legoland Billund with kids, both Vejle and Koldinghus castle are close enough to discover on a day trip – check out my itinerary for a week in Jutland with kids.

*First published 2019, last updated 2024*

PIN FOR LATER: THINGS TO DO NEAR LEGOLAND BILLUND

The best things to do near Legoland Billund with kids - if you're visiting Denmark's famous Legoland on a family holiday, there's plenty more than rides to discover nearby. From bears to Vikings and waterparks, I've rounded up the best things to do in Billund and nearby.

Disclosure: I visited Jutland on a press trip with the Denmark Tourist Board, including free entry to some of the places in this list. All opinions of what to include, and decision to build massive Lego towers, are my own. Contains affiliate links: any purchases you make are unaffected but I may receive a small commission.

Images copyright MummyTravels

LIKED THIS? SIGN UP FOR MY EMAIL NEWSLETTER





Source link

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments