A few weeks ago I was looking to take the kids on a fun day out. With so many local attractions and places to go we were spoilt for choice. After numerous visits to Legoland, Bekonscot, Chessington to name a few, we wanted to try somewhere new. Although it’s less than an hour from home we’d never been to Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes, so decided to give it a try.

GulliversGulliver’s Land is really easy to get to from the M1 and once we arrived found it easy to park in the large free carpark, which is right outside the gates of the theme park, plus there’s an overflow carpark just across the road.

There was only a short queue at the entrance, however if I had planned ahead I could have saved £3 per person by booking online 2 days before, will remember this next time! The park itself is smaller than the likes of Legoland, however it was also a lot quieter, resulting in shorter queues and wait times for rides. Another plus is that everything is packed into a smaller area so you waste less time going from one attraction to the next.

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There were lots of different rides to go on, some with height restrictions, so it’s best check on the website before visiting to avoid any disappointment. However saying this I went with my 9 year old daughter and 6 year old son and they were able to go on all the rides, although I had to accompany my son on a few of the rides. The rides varied from traditional carousels, to mini roller coasters, dodgems to water flumes, there was plenty to keep the kids entertained and as the queues were pretty short ( think the longest we queued was 15 minutes for the Python) it meant that we could go on the rides multiple times = good value for money.

Although my 9 year old didn’t complain I would say that she was definitely at the upper age of the target audience. She found the rides fun but I wouldn’t be surprised if she felt that they were too ‘young/tame’ if we were to go back next year.

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We had taken our own picnic to the park, and there were plenty of picnic places dotted around the park. We didn’t eat in any of the food outlet so can’t comment on them.

The only negative comment would be that the place looked a tad tired, not that the kids noticed but it could definitely do with a bit of TLC.

We spotted that they have an Indoor Splash Zone, Nerf Zone and a new Indoor high ropes challenge, although there was an additional charge for these. We didn’t really have time to try these out on this visit but would definitely like to give the Nerf Zone and High ropes challenge a go next time.

When we left at the end of the day the kids asked when come we come back, so that counts as a success to me.

Verdict:

Gulliver’s Land is a great place to go for a day out with young kids. Keep in mind that it’s not really suited for kids over 10 years as most of the rides cater for young children. Possibly the addition of the Nerf Zone and High Rope Challenge would be more suited to children aged 10 and over.

The queues for rides were not long, 15 minutes at most which is pretty good especially during school holidays, so perfect when you have little ones in tow.

Keep in mind that an adult has to accompany little ones, so this can be a bit tricky if it’s one adult and 2 young children. We encountered this problem with the Cycle Monorail ride, where two people pedal along a monorail above the park. Both kids wanted to have a go but I couldn’t leave one behind as I was unsure how long the ride would take.

Overall the whole atmosphere is family friendly. With rides aimed towards younger kids this eliminates any over excited teens, racing between rides. I would say that Gulliver’s Land is worth a visit, but remember to book your tickets in advance to save money.

Ticket prices:

Adults: £18.95 (£15.95 if booked online 2 days in advance)
Child: £18.95 (£15.95 if booked online 2 days in advance)
Child (under 90 cm): FREE

Website: www.gulliversfun.co.uk