Olympic Orbit-ArcelorMittal Orbit 376 feet tall observation tower opened prior to London 2012 Olympic gives wonderful views across London
Olympic Orbit or The ArcelorMittal Orbit was opened in time for the London 2012 Olympics. London tourists can enjoy wonderful views of up to 20 miles across London, the Olympic Park and the broader sights of London’s iconic skyline like monument, Shard Thames, London Eye etc. This is also the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide. So visit the orbit, ride the slide and see London differently.
Olympic Orbit structure facts and how journey starts
It is a 114.5 metre (376 feet) tall sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. Orbit was designed by Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of engineering Group Arup. Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of the ArcelorMittal steel company donated £16 million out of total project cost of £19.1 million. So the name “ArcelorMittal Orbit” combines the name of Mittal’s company, as chief sponsor, with “Orbit”, the original working title for Kapoor and Balmond’s design. After Olympic it was re-opened to the public on 5 April 2014.
Your visit starts at the base of the sculpture. The lifts will take you 80m up to the viewing platforms in 34 second. You can descend by lift or using the 455 stairs or in The Slide. To use The Slide, you need combination ticket i.e. General Entry plus The Slide
Arcelormittal Olympic Orbit Slide
This is a hair raising experience named as the best London’s number 1 things to do in 2016 by Time Out. Visitors will travel down through the world’s longest tunnel slide from 178m hight. They will pass through light and dark section. In the 40-second trip, visitors will circle around the Orbit. The Slide was created by German artist Carsten Höller.
Olympic Orbit opening hours times
Standard opening times: 10am – 6pm daily. Last entry at 5.30pm. The Slide will open 30 minutes after the attraction opens
Olympic Orbit ticket prices
Standard price- online in advance: Adult (17+ years) £11.50, Child (3-16 years) £5.50, Senior/Student £8.50, Family £32
General entry plus ride the slide (combo): Adult (17+ years) £16.50, Child (3-16 years) £10.50, Senior/Student £13.50, Family Ticket £52
You can save money if you buy tickets in advance online. Please visit the website for current ticket prices with options. You must be at least eight years old and over 1.3m in height to ride The Slide. There is no maximum height limit.
Olympic Orbit address nearest tube and car parking
Address: ArcelorMittal Orbit, 5 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2AD
Nearest Tube, Train and Bus: Stratford (Central Line, Jubilee Line, Dockland Light Railway). Train- Stratford. Bus- Bus numbers D8, 339. Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here
Telephone: 0333 800 8099, 0333 800 8099
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Parking: Chargeable nearby two car parks – Stratford multi-storey car park (located off Great Eastern Road, E15 1BB) and Westfield Stratford City car park with 5000 spaces.