Tickets for Britain's Millennium Dome on sale

GREENWICH, England -- Tickets to the Millennium Dome, the centerpiece of Great Britain's Y2K festivities here, are now on sale.

The dome, under construction in the southeast London town, will be opened by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve.

Exhibits will explore a variety of aspects of life now and in the future through 14 theme zones featuring virtual reality and other special effects.

Live performances, including high-wire acts and gymnasts, as well as music shows, will take place in a central arena several times each day.

From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2000, the dome will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and the recommended length of a visit is five hours.

It is expected that 12 million people, among them 2.5 million international travelers, will visit the dome in 2000.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $42 for adults; $36 for children ages 5 to 15, and $39 for seniors age 60 and older.

Tickets can be bought from Globaltickets, (800) 223 6108.

For groups of 15 or more clients, rates are $38 per person for adults and $28 per person for seniors. For groups of six or more children, tickets are $33 per child.

Family tickets and tickets combining admission with roundtrip travel by river ferry from central London to the dome will be available later.

Tickets sold in the U.S. must first be redeemed at Globaltickets' booking agency in the British Visitor Centre,

1 Regent Street, London, close to Piccadilly Circus.

Tickets can also be purchased by credit card through the Millennium Experience Web site at www.dome2000.co.uk.

There are a number of transportation options between central London and Greenwich.

  • London Underground's Jubilee Line has been extended to North Greenwich for the dome, a journey time of less than 15 minutes from Waterloo station in central London.
  • River ferries operated by City Cruises and White Horse Fast Ferries take about 45 minutes from central London to the dome and offer a scenic tour via London's restored docklands.
  • Several London bus routes will run to Greenwich.
  • Once in Greenwich, a shuttle service of boats will operate from Greenwich Pier to the dome every 15 minutes.

    A one-and-a-half-mile riverside cycle/walkway links Greenwich town center to the dome, which will be a no-car zone with parking restrictions within a two-mile radius.

    For more information on Millennium events throughout Britain, agents can call the British Tourist Authority at (800) 462-2748
    Web: www.travelbritain.org

    Comments
    JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI