QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK STRATFORD: TRAILS, TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS
Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford is literally on the doorstep of IQL. It’s the perfect place to stretch your legs on one of its guided tours or trails. And, with 560 acres to explore, there’s definitely something for everyone.
The sports trail
The London 2012 trail gives you the opportunity to relive the Olympic and Paralympic Games which were hosted at Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford in 2012. Listen to TeamGB and ParalympicsGB celebrating success and have a go against the world’s brightest and best sports stars.
The children’s trails
Let the kids discover the Park with the Explorer’s Guide to Adventures. The guide encourages youngsters to explore by challenging them to complete secret missions as they explore. What better way is there for young ones to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford?
The art trail
Discover the amazing artwork scattered through the park. Inspiration for the Art in the Park trail came from the local area - so whether it’s local events, history or the landscape, the number of interesting works of art will satisfy everyone’s inner artist.
The nature trail
Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford is also home to animals, waterways, and beautiful plants and flowers. It’s Biodiversity and Landscape Exploring Walk is the trail to guide you through the diverse local landscape, with plaques and panels revealing points of interest along your way.
Tours are an excellent way to learn more about the local area. With expert guides hosting every tour, you can choose from walking tours or boat tours. Explore Queen Elizabeth Park, discover the London 2012 venues, or simply just admire the views while cruising down the river.
The walking tours
Park Champions will guide you through a walking tour of Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford. You’ll hear about how the park was conceived and created, and how it was transformed into the park we know today after being used for the 2012 Games. The walks last around 90 minutes with varying prices - check their website for details.
The boat tours
Let your guide talk you through what you see from a unique perspective. As you glide through the park, you’ll see - and hear about - the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the London Stadium, the Aquatics centre and the Lee Valley VeloPark. The boat tours last around 45 minutes or so but are seasonal and dependent on weather conditions and the tide.
Alternatively, East London Waterways Boat Tours specialise in group bookings for between 30 and 50 passengers. You’ll sail from the London Aquatics Centre, through Carpenters Road Lock and along the River Lea. After passing the Big Breakfast House, you enter the Lee Navigation and St Thomas Creek until it joins City Mill River. Here you’ll enjoy views of the London Stadium and the ArcelorMittal Orbit before cruising to the north of the Park past lush parklands and gardens as well as the Olympic and Paralympic venues.
For both boat tours, please email [email protected] or call 08451162012.
THE ONES TO VISIT
Visit the ArcelorMittal Orbit for panoramic views over both Queen Elizabeth Park Stratford and London. Admire Anish Kapoor’s impressive sculpture and mirrors and learn about the history and development of QEOP in the exhibition. If you’re after something a bit more exciting, take a hair-raising ride down its slide!
Visit the London Stadium for match footage, concerts and tours. There’s something to suit everyone whether you’re a West Ham fan or just want to know how concerts and live performances are staged. You’ll even get all the facts and figures on the London 2012 Olympics, bringing the history of the stadium to life.
And, if you fancy visiting them both, remember that combined ArcelorMittal Orbit and London Stadium tickets are available. Please check availability and opening hours before travelling though.