This post will provide details about the Climb Up at the O2 attraction, including how to get there, ticket prices, and various opportunities to save money on admission.
Climb Up the O2
The O2 Arena was previously known as the Millennium Dome. Built for the turn of the Millennium in the year 2000, the arena held a number of special temporary attractions.
In 2005, the dome was renamed and transformed into an exhibition space, restaurant and bar strip (called Entertainment Avenue), a bowling alley, and a performance arena.
The Up at the O2 attraction is for those who are looking to do something memorable and different in London, and those who want to take on the challenge of climbing up 52 meters to a beautiful view of the landmarks in this historic city.
In the summer of 2012, Up at the O2 opened to the public, giving visitors a chance to trek across the roof of the O2 arena. Visitors traverse along a 190m (623ft) long fabric walkway, 53m (174ft) above the ground, from one side of the Dome to the other.
In the centre of the roof, guests can stop at a central platform that provides 360-degree views of London, highlighting the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, and even into the city, showing the Shard and the “Walkie Talkie” (the building that melted a car!).
Before taking their journey, visitors are kitted out in explorer gear: climbing suit, boots, harness, etc. Guests are taken up as a group with an assigned climb guide who will accompany them along the route to keep them safe but also to inform visitors about all the sights they are taking in.
Visitors also have the choice to climb the O2 in the daylight hours, or after the sun has set to see the lights of London shine. This is one of the most interesting ways to see London, and it’s a great experience for Londoners and tourists alike.
How to Get to the O2 Arena
The O2 arena is located a 27-minutes tube ride eastwards from London Bridge. Take the Jubilee line to North Greenwich Station. The O2 arena is located right by the tube station on the peninsula by the river.
- Dates/times: 7 Days a Week, several times per hour
- Summer Times (June to September): 10:00 am – 22:00 (10 pm)
- Summer Sunset Ticket Hours: 18:45 (6:45 pm) - 20:30 (8:30 pm)
- Summer Twilight Ticket Hours: 19:30 (7:30 pm) - 20:30 (8:30 pm)
- Winter Times (October to May): 10:00 am – 17:00 (5 pm)
- Winter Sunset Ticket Hours: 15:00 (3 pm) and 15:15 (3:15 pm)
- Winter Twilight Ticket Hours: 16:15 (4:15 pm) - 18:30 (6:30 pm)
Note: In dangerous weather, Up at the O2 may temporarily close. All climbers must be over 1.2m tall (around 4 feet).
Up at the O2 Tickets
Admission prices for this attraction depend on when you’re planning to visit. Tickets are less expensive on weekdays than they are on weekends. Sunset and Twilight climbs are also more expensive.
- Weekday Tickets: £32
- Weekend Tickets: £37
- Sunset Tickets: £37
- Twilight Tickets: £37
There are also several ways to save money on tickets to this attraction which we will cover in the next section.
Up at the O2 Discounts
This section will cover some of the best deals on tickets for Up at the O2, including combo deals, membership cards, and other opportunities.
We will also include information about discounts that are usually available but may not be offered right now.
1. Use the London Sightseeing Pass
Tourist attraction passes usually include admission to attractions like this, but there aren’t currently any services that cover the full ticket price.
That said, the London Sightseeing Pass does include a discount of 20% off tickets to Up at the O2. If you’re already planning to get the pass for other activities, this could be a good way to save money on the attraction.
The London Sightseeing Pass covers the admission price for other popular things to see and do including the following:
- Hop-on Hop-off River Cruise
- Harry Potter Bus Tour
- The Ghost Bus Tour
- London Stadium Tour
- Encore Theatre Passport
- Brakeaway Bike Tour
- Jack the Ripper Tour
- James Bond Bus Tour
To learn more about this and similar services, read our post about London tourist passes.
2. Get the Greenwich Bundle
This is one of the newer combo packages in London, and it only covers admission for a handful of specific activities.
The Greenwich Pass includes the following attractions and deals for £64:
- Up at the O2
- Old Royal Naval College: The Painted Hall
- Hop-on Hop-off River Roamer
- 10% discount on other activities
Tickets for these three services typically cost around £69 in total, so you’re only saving about £5. However, if you take advantage of the 10% off on other activities, you could end up saving a lot more money overall.
3. ArcelorMittal Orbit + The Slide Combo Package
This is another new combination package in London, and it’s great for thrill-seekers. In addition to covering the costs of Up at the O2, this deal also includes admission to The Slide and ArcelorMittal Orbit for just £43.88, which is a discount of 10% off.
4. Climb and Dine
If you’re planning to grab a bite to eat either before or after your trip to Up at the O2, this combo deal includes the price of a meal at one of the popular restaurants in the area.
Here are the participating restaurants:
- Gordon Ramsay’s Street Burger
- Busaba Eathai
- All Bar One
The average discount with this deal is about £3 - £5, but it’s definitely worth it for anyone who just wants to save a little extra money on a meal.
5. Priority Members Discount
The O2 offers an app/membership service called Priority which gives their customers opportunities to save on activities, attractions, and entertainment at or around the building.
‘If you are a Priority member, you can save 20% off Up at the O2 simply by using the app. You can download the app by texting PRIORITY to 2020.
TIP: If you have the Priority app, you can also save 20% at participating stores in the Icon Outlet.
6. Get Free Parking
If you spend at least £35 at the Icon Outlet, you’ll be eligible for free parking at the O2 for up to 4 hours. This is a great way to save on parking costs while you’re enjoying Up at the O2!
7. Use a Discount Site
Discount London currently offers prices less than £29 for weekday tickets. It’s not the best deal on our list, but it’s definitely worth considering if you don’t like any of the other options.
Although Up at the O2 isn’t currently listed on Groupon, it might be worth checking to see if they have been added, because you can usually save at least 10% - 20% on tickets using their service.
8. AAA/Credit Card Discounts
If you’re a AAA member, they may offer discounts on attractions like Up at the O2. Many credit cards and debit cards also offer similar deals for their members. We did not find any currently active as of November 2021, but that could change at any time!