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Eton Dorney

Set in a 400-acre park within a nature conservation area, Eton Dorney Rowing Centre at Dorney Lake is acclaimed as one of the finest rowing venues in the world.

Located around 25 miles west of London, it has hosted both elite-level competitions and community events.

The design and build

The venue has a 2,200m, eight-lane rowing course, warm-up lanes and competition facilities. Although the facilities were already world-class, improvements were needed to ensure the venue met the particular requirements of the Games.

An additional cut-through has been created at the 1,400m mark to allow competitors to get from the return lane to the competition course. Previously the only cut-through was at the 600m mark.

Two bridges have also been installed. The first spans the new cut-through, while the other has replaced the existing finish line bridge with a wider one.

The improvement works were completed in less than one year in spring 2010.

After the Games

Eton Dorney will continue to be used as a world-class training and competition facility.


The transport network will be very busy during the Games, so it’s important to plan your journey in advance and check for updates before you travel.

Visitor information

We want your time at Eton Dorney to be as memorable as possible. Find out everything you need to know about visiting the venue.

Use the London 2012 spectator journey planner to find the best way to get to venues from anywhere in Great Britain and book travel tickets.

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