The Year of Architecture Celebrated in LEGO

This is the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 in Scotland. With a number of events for all age groups taking place and an opportunity to get hands on and test your LEGO© making abilities. Here is what to look out for in the capital including LEGO architecture displays.

LEGO History

Denmark, home to Ole Kirk Christiansen, started a wooden toy company in 1916 then by the 1930’s LEGO© was born.

As well as being a lot of fun for many enthusiasts building creations such as the largest statue of Sitting Bull which can be seen at LEGOLAND© Denmark standing at almost 7.5 metre’s tall and took 1.5 million bricks to build. There are also new technologies being made and achieved such as the prosthetic Lego arm.

Events in Edinburgh: LEGO Architecture

The Royal Yacht Britannia

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of seeing the LEGO© replica of The Royal Yacht Britannia. The LEGO© structure took model builder Jim McDonough 6 weeks to built the 11 feet long replica of The Royal Yacht Britannia using 40,000 bricks! You can see the magnificent 1:37 scale model on display at The Royal Yacht Visitor Centre.

Visit one of the most popular attraction’s in Edinburgh – The Royal Yacht Britannia. In 2015 over 300,000 visitors  went on board the five star attraction that was once home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the world’s most influential people including Sir Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela.

LEGO Architecture: Replica of The Royal Yacht Britannia
LEGO replica of The Royal Yacht Britannia. ©MDHarding

The Royal Yacht Britannia can easily be reached from Edinburgh City Centre with the number 22 bus departing Princes Street frequently to Ocean Terminal or why not explore more of Edinburgh on board The Majestic Bus Tour. The tour bus departs from Waverley Bridge exploring highlights such as the Royal Botanical Garden, Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament.

LEGO Architecture: National Museum of Scotland
Construction of the LEGO National Museum of Scotland. ©MDHarding

The National Museum of Scotland

The Built It Adventures with LEGO© bricks is now taking place at the National Museum of Scotland until the 17th April 2016. With a number of free displays and activities accessible for the whole family. Look out for the live build of the National Museum of Scotland’s own replica model taking shape.

LEGO Architecture: Around the world architecture in LEGO. ©MDHarding(427x640)
Around the world architecture in LEGO. ©MDHarding

The National Museum of Scotland is a stone throw away from Princes Street, housing dinosaurs, steam engines, ancient artefacts and treasures from around the world.

Image ©LEGOLAND Windsor
Image ©LEGOLAND Windsor

LEGO Holidays

Did you know that there is a LEGOLAND in the UK? LEGOLAND Windsor is located just outside London. And of course you can always visit the home of LEGO© in Denmark at LEGOLAND Billund or if you are a huge fan you might also like to explore the other LEGOLAND Resorts in Florida and Germany.

LEGO Architecture: Stormtroopers take over at official opening of the new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Experience. Image ©LEGOLAND Windsor
Opening of the new LEGO Star Wars Miniland Experience. ©LEGOLAND Windsor

With so much to do and see why not do a stop and stay vacation or twin break holiday and visit both LEGOLAND resorts – UK and Denmark. The flight time is under two hours and flights depart daily.

There is a variety of accommodation available both in the resorts and surrounding areas. If planning a trip during March/April it is the Uk’s Easter school break. Please do book in advance to avoid disappointment.

The Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design events are running throughout 2016.

We would love to hear from you. Have you visited any of the LEGOLAND resorts and have you seen some LEGO architecture? What were your highlights? Please leave your comments and any questions below.  Happy Travels:) x

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