Designed and constructed for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is a unique monument and sculpture that is an Olympic legacy landmark and one of the city's newest tourist attractions. In addition it now boasts the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world — a thrilling ride that corkscrews from the top of the tower to the park below.
Located in what is now Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the ArcelorMittal Orbit is a 376 foot tall artistic monument engineered and sculpted with steel tubing. It is the tallest sculpture in the United Kingdom. The tower, which was to be a symbol and legacy of the 2012 Summer Olympics, was built according to a winning design by the renowned artist Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. Inspite of some controversy, due to the economic recession at the time of construction, this unusual and gigantic work of art was completed in time for the Olympics. After the Olympic Games it was closed to visitors while work was done to convert the surrounding park area to its post olympic state. The Orbit reopened in April of 2014 as a permanant tourist attraction.
Visitors to the park can not only view this unique structure from the park, but for a fee they can go to one of the two indoor viewing platforms near the top and enjoy a panoramic view of the park and beyond. It is a good idea to pre-book your tickets online to avoid long line-ups and make sure you can get in.
To add excitement, for an additional fee you can enjoy a thrilling 40 second slide at speeds up to 25 kph down the tower's newly opened feature, the tallest, longest tunnel slide on the planet. This exciting slide corkscrews down the tower, first in one direction, then abruptly changing to the opposite direction, all the while alternating between clear sections and complete darkness.
Of course, if you prefer you can enjoy the far more leisurely 12 minute descent down the spiral staircase.
About 2000 tons of tubular steel was used in the construction of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The 2 viewing platforms near the top each have a capacity of about 150 people. The centre, or 'trunk' of the tower contains an elevator and is wrapped with a spiral staircase that has 455 steps. According to Kapoor one of the things that influenced the design was the Tower of Babel and Balmond envisioned the orbit of an electron. Either way, the end result is definitely a unique design that many like and many do not, but whichever camp you fall into, you can always enjoy the great view from the top.
Facts For Your Visit
Fee: Yes, if you wish to go up to the viewing platforms; Free admission with a London Pass.
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton Street, London E20 2AD, UK
Phone: 0333 800 8099
Official Website: ArcelorMittal Orbit
|Underground | Overground Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Central, Jubilee or London Overground||Stratford||13 Minutes|
How to get to ArcelorMittal Orbit by Underground | Overground
From Stratford Station take the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park exit. At Westfield Stratford City take escalator, stairs or lift up to the outside pedestrian overpass and follow it across the road and through the outdoor shopping and restaurant mall and take the 2nd left at the Holiday Inn to the park entrance. Make your way through the park to the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
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Ratedout of 5
The slide was a lot of fun. I would say it was a little too short. The experience climbing the slide and to the top was amazing. Staff were very kind and friendly.
Paris Charan - 9 days ago
Visited the Orbit while looking around Elizabeth park. It's an absolutely amazing structure with great views from the top. Access to the top is via a lift with two floors for observation, the lower currently been the one with the slide - not been very brave didn't descend this way. At the top there are information boards pointing out the various landmarks making identification of the buildings on the horizon easier but most you will probably recognise. The site is fully accessible with the lift returning visitors unable to take the 400+ steps down to ground level . Toilets were on the second level and more are close to the attraction next to the cafe. Staff were very chatty and welcoming a must is to take your camera when visiting.
Andrew Lickley - 10 days ago
Slide was fun but some corners was bit too hard for my back. If you have bigger back problems, think twice before you go in the slide. In our point of view, some staff wasn't very motivated in this job... Example the lady in the front door didn't make as feel very welcoming. It felt like we have make something wrong... However, fun slide and worth every penny.
Mark Foreland - 14 days ago
Fantastic day out! Very friendly and helpful staff, lovely views from the top over London and a really fun thing to do. Will come back.
Eve Maleham - 24 days ago
We booked for the slide, a treat for my children who had recently turned eight. Interestingly we were not asked how old they were and neither of them were measured to check that they met the minimum height, which they did but only by a centimetre or two. There is a fair bit of waiting and once you get up to the start of the slide you can enjoy the view but there is nowhere to sit other than the floor. They give you a padded hat and arm protectors and you smile for a photo before finally getting on the slide. I was amazed that people were happily pushing themselves down the slide with smiles on their faces, nobody showed any indication of being scared, my children included. The slide itself was fun, I liked the bits where I could see the view but some parts are quite dark. My kids immediately wanted to go again and I was surprised that an add-on ticket for them was only £5, although subject to availability. There is a shop that you have to go into to see your photos but it is easy to avoid if you don't want to be pestered to buy some expensive marbles or sweets. I'm not sure that I'd rush back and I do think that it is pretty expensive for a slide that is over in less than two minutes but it is fun and the view is impressive.
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