The Olympic Walk
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has now opened to the public.
Our Olympic walks explore the park where visitors will witness one of the largest urban regeneration projects ever undertaken, as the home of the 2012 Olympics is transformed to take its place in London's history as a new district born from the great Olympic Games of 2012. You will hear the story of the “happy and glorious” games and learn about the all-important legacy of the London Olympic Games. Welcome to London E20, a new neighbourhood for London!
- Witness the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park now transformed in to a "new piece of London" for future generations.
- See the new Aquatic Centre with spectator wings now removed, glass walls installed to allow light to flood in and its "stingray" roof now revealed in all its glory. The masterpiece of internationally renowned British architect Zaha Hadid. Why not go for a swim after the tour!
- View the Copper Box, which hosted Handball, Modern Pentathlon Fencing and Paralympic Goalball, an architectural wonder and major new venue for premiership basketball, boxing matches and many other sporting events as well as new sports centre for the local community.
- See the first Velopark in Europe, where all four Olympic cycling disciplines come together in one place. The Velodrome, where so many British track cycling golds were won is now open for us all to try, along with BMX, road and mountain biking tracks.
- The Athlete's Village now has new residents. See how London's housing shortage is being addressed with new affordable housing, schools and health centres with the benefit of the great new transport links that made the Games "the public transport games".
- Hear how the Olympic Stadium is in the process of being transformed in to a new home for West Ham United football club as well as a venue for major athletics and rugby events.
- Explore the beautiful Parklands, a post industrial wasteland now transformed back in to a "green and pleasant land" of Danny Boyle's London 2012 opening ceremony.
The walk leaves Thursdays and Saturdays from PUDDING MILL LANE STATION on the DLR – Docklands Light Railway – and finishes at the Timber Lodge cafe in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Our guide can direct you from here to the nearest public transport connections.
- Hear the story from professionals, many of whom have worked on the site for several years, who can offer intimate and personal knowledge of the project
- DURATION: 2 hours maximum. The route is approx. one and a half to two miles long, finishing at the Timber Lodge cafe in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The terrain is mainly flat but can be muddy and there are ruts and bumps along the way.
- GUIDES: All our guides are London Blue Badge Tourist guides – professionals who, in addition to the Blue Badge London qualification have undergone a training course for the 2012 games.
- WEATHER: The tour will run, whatever the weather.
- CANCELLATIONS: Please always check the Transport For London website (http://www.tfl.gov.uk/) to ensure that there are no engineering works in the area that may delay your journey.
Planned engineering works on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are not always listed on the main Tfl site and we advise that you also check on www.dlrlondon.co.uk
In the unlikely event we have to change the start venue of the walk for this or any other reason we will place an announcement on this website so please check before you start your journey.
Daily Olympic Tour
|WHEN:||11.00hrs every Thursday and Saturday.|
|WHERE:||Pudding Mill Lane Station DLR (Docklands Light Railway)|
|DURATION:||Approx. 2 hours|
|DISTANCE:||Approx. 2 miles|
|COST:||£10 Adults, £5 per child (15 and under), £8 senior or student (with valid ID card).|
|PAYMENT:||Cash ONLY – payment to the guide on the day. Please have correct change.|
|BOOKING:||Pre-booking is required online. This will guarantee you a place on the tour.|
|ACCESSIBILITY:||The walks may be diverted without prior notice and the terrain can be more difficult for wheelchair users.|
If you are organising a group larger than 15 people please let us know and we will contact you.
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