UK Travel Guide


Millennium Dome

This attraction has now closed for good as of 31 December 2000. It was only ever intended to operate for one year. The site is now for sale and it is not yet clear what will happen to the massive structure. It was built on the site of a former gasworks, and the site was chosen for its great significance as Greenwich is regarded as the home of time and where it began. And the Dome represents the beginning of the new millennium. Work on it commenced in 1997 and it was completed in 1999 in time for the dawn of the new millennium. The Dome has 12 masts each of which was transported by lorry from Bolton, Lancashire; each mast is 90 metres long and has a width of 4.5 metres, whilst the cables supporting the roof measure 85 kilometres. It is some 130 metres high, has a diameter of 365 metres and a circumference of 1.1 kilometres. Some other interesting points about the dome: it could contain 1100 Olympic size swimming pools, or more than 18000 double-decker buses, the roof could support a Jumbo-jet, and not least cost more than 765 million pounds sterling to build. On display in the dome are fourteen themed exhibition zones such as Mind, Body, Spirit, each celebrating the millennium in a different and unique way. There is also the Millennium Show which portrays a love story through the performance and use of trapeze artists, dancers and stunning visual effects. There is no parking at the Dome so the only way to reach it is by public transport on the Jubilee Line Tube to North Greenwich station which is alongside the Dome.

Located at: Greenwich Peninsula, London,

Telephone: 0870 606 2000

Opens: daily from 09.00 am – 20.00 pm

Cost: Adults GBP20.00, Children age 5 to 15 GBP16.50

Closest Subway Station: North Greenwich (Click to see more atrraction at this station)