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Paralympics Venues 2012

Fifteen London Paralympics Venues

Held from 29th August until 9th September, the London 2012 Paralympic Games welcomes 4,200 Paralympic athletes from 166 nations to take part in 20 different sports and a total of 503 Paralympic events in seven venues in the Olympic Park in East London, five central London venues and three venues outside London.

Seven Olympic Park Venues

Surrounded by waterways and colourful wild flowers, the 80,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in the wonderful Olympic Park in East London is at the centre of all the action, hosting both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as a comprehensive programme of Paralympic Athletics. The stingray-shaped 17,500-seat Aquatics Centre welcomes the Paralympic Swimming races.

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Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Basketball take place at the 12,000-capacity temporary Basketball Arena. The 7,000-seat Copper Box hosts Paralympic Goalball, while the iconic 6,000-seat Velodrome - nicknamed 'The Pringle' - hosts the Paralympic Track Cycling events.

The temporary Riverbank Arena hosts Paralympic 5-a-side Football and 7-a-side Football on its eye-catching pink and blue pitches in front of up to 15,000 spectators. Eton Manor - the only Paralympics-only venue in the Park - features ten striking blue courts (four indoor and six outdoor) for Wheelchair Tennis and three training pools for swimmers.

Five venues around London

The River Zone in South-East London includes the North Greenwich Arena (Wheelchair Basketball), the Royal Artillery Barracks (Paralympic Shooting and Paralympic Archery) and Greenwich Park, one of London's oldest and grandest Royal Parks, which hosts the Paralympic Equestrian events with a stunning backdrop of the City. Across the Thames - and linked to North Greenwich Pier by the stunning new Thames Cable Car - the ExCeL Centre is the largest competition venue at the London 2012 Paralympics and hosts six events: Boccia, Table Tennis, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Fencing.

Marathon through London's historic centre

London's famous city centre is showcased in the four Marathon events which start and finish in the shadow of Buckingham Palace on The Mall. The route starts with a 2.2-mile loop around Westminster and St James's Park before three eight-mile circuits around central London, taking the Paralympic athletes along Victoria Embankment, up and around the City as far as Tower Hill and then back along the Thames via Manson House. With the exception of the ticketed area on The Mall, the route will be free for spectators - and iconic landmarks passed include the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Three venues outside London

Outside London, three venues host the remaining Paralympic events. The Paralympic Rowing will be held at Eton Dorney, 40km west of London, on a 2.2km-long rowing lake in the vast parkland of the famous Eton boy's school. Located near Windsor Castle, Eton Dorney can be reached by train in under an hour from London Waterloo. Paralympic Road Cycling will be held at Brands Hatch, the renowned motor racing circuit in Kent, 30km South-East of London. The nearest train station is Sevenoaks, 30 mins from central London. A shuttle service to the venue from Sevenoaks also takes half an hour.

The furthest venue from London is Weymouth & Portland in Dorset on the south coast of England, 215km from London. Spectators can watch the Paralympic Sailing races from The Nothe, which is roughly a 30-minute walk from Weymouth Station. Half-hourly trains to and from London Waterloo take just under three hours.

About the London Paralympic Venues diagram

This map showing the London Paralympic venues was created by the team at LondonTown.com, in particular by Katherine Baxter and Steven Potter.

LondonTown.com, the consumer website of LondonMarketing, has 18 years experience assisting business and leisure visitors to London.

Diagram key: All coloured buildings in the diagram are actual London Paralympic Venues, with famous landmarks illustrated in grey to assist with orientation. The Marathon route has been marked in red (the three central London circuits) and blue (the mini-loop around St. James's Park).
Deborah Tyrer
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