Venue Guide: Royal Artillery Barracks

For a sport with such a fine Olympic heritage - which has been part of the modern Olympic Games since they began in 1896 - it is fitting that the London 2012 Games shooting competitions will take place at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

Venue Guide: Royal Artillery Barracks

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Constructed between 1776 and 1802, the complex is reputed to have the biggest parade square of any UK barracks and until 2007 housed the Royal Artillery. The RA's 16 Regiment left then and the barracks has since been earmarked as one of the Ministry of Defence's core sites, with possible future tenants including the Foot Guards or the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.

In preparation for the 2012 Games, LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) have created several giant temporary structures on the site to house shooting ranges, media facilities, spectator seating and additional equipment.

The venue will comprise four temporary indoor ranges (for the pistol and rifle events) and two outdoor ranges (for the trap and skeet disciplines), plus grandstands for each, with the Games drama to be played out in front of the spectacular barracks building. At 1,080 feet, it is the longest continuous Georgian facade in the United Kingdom.

Just to the south of the River Thames near Woolwich, the Royal Artillery Barracks are a seven mile (ten to fifteen minute) journey from the Olympic Park, meaning that they are easily accessible to spectators and competitors. Indeed, Shooting participants will have their accommodation in the Olympic Village and will therefore be able to enjoy the atmosphere of the Olympic Park, which has not always been the case at previous Games.

After the Games it is intended that the indoor ranges will be rehoused somewhere else in the UK.

Capacity: 7,500

Public facilities: The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.

History: Constructed between 1776 and 1802, the complex housed the Royal Artillery until 2007.

What’s on?: Shooting (July 28th to August 6th).

How do you get there?: Rail, Docklands Light Railway, river or bus are the recommended routes for the barracks, where the entrance will be to the east near to the junction of Ha-Ha Road and Grand Depot Road. The closest National Rail and DLR station is Woolwich Arsenal, which is 20 minutes away on foot or accessible by a short shuttle-bus ride. There is also a pier at Woolwich Arsenal for the river bus, while the road variety has extensive options.

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Location – in relation to other venues: To the south of the River Thames near Woolwich, the Royal Artillery Barracks are a seven mile journey from the Olympic Park.

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