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Climbing the ArcelorMittal Orbit

26 March 2015

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Last month I took a trip up the ArcelorMittal Orbit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This was actually my second trip to the top as I was given the option of upgrading my ticket to an annual pass at no extra cost on the day of my visit. This allows the ticket holder to return as many times as they like over the next year and given that Stratford is only a short commute from where I live the offer was too good to pass up.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit is Britain’s largest piece of public art and tallest sculpture at 114.5m tall. It was built with the intention of becoming a permanent lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games. There are two viewing galleries (at 76m and 80m) which offer panoramic views of London.

It seems that the Obit is still a bit of an unknown attraction despite being open to the public since April 2014. On both occasions I visited on a weekend but it wasn’t crowded at all. I had pre-booked my ticket in advance but there were only one or two groups lining up to purchase tickets on the day.

My most recent visit coincided with the Bricks in the Sky exhibition which displayed a number of London-inspired Lego models (my fascination with Lego has been mentioned on this blog before).

Once you’ve finished admiring the views from the top, you have the option of taking the elevator back down to ground level or walking down the spiral staircase that winds around the outside of the Orbit.

ArcelorMittal Orbit is open daily. Tickets cost £15 for adults, or £11.95 if booked in advance.

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