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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit is being offered as part of a new tour of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The Park In Progress Tour will give people the chance to get on to the former Olympic site before the new park begins to open to the public from July, and will be the only opportunity for people to go on the ArcelorMittal Orbit this year.
From the moment visitors report to the site office, they will become part of the on-site team with a chance to don hard hats and high-visibility jackets for their visit.
The tour includes a behind the scenes site briefing and a visit to the ArcelorMittal Orbit viewing platforms, where there is a new interactive experience telling the story of this changing part of London.
At 80 metres up, the ArcelorMittal Orbit offers unique 360 degree views of the London skyline including St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf.
On a clear day, you can see as far as Wembley Stadium in the north and Crystal Palace in the south.
Around 130,000 people visited the ArcelorMittal Orbit during the Games and this is the first opportunity since the end of the Paralympics for the public to travel up to its viewing platforms high above the park.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the body in charge of the park in legacy, said: “The tours are a fantastic opportunity to get on to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and look ahead to an amazing summer series of concerts and sporting events in this new part of London. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is going to be a top visitor destination and a great legacy for east London.”
Tours begin on March 29 and continue through to the first bank holiday in May.
Adult tickets for the tours will be the same price as during Games Time, £15, with a new discounted family ticket and concessions for senior citizens and students. Children aged four and under go free and special group rates are also available.