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Venue guide: Royal Artillery Barracks

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One of the indoor ranges at the test event

Where is it?: Artillery Place, Woolwich, South-East London.

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.

Capacity: 7,500.

What events will be held there and when?: Shooting (July 28-August 6).

Public facilities: There are plenty of shops nearby.

History: 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, but the Games drama will 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. Constructed between 1776 and 1802, the complex is also 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. After the Games it is hoped that the indoor ranges will be rehoused somewhere else in the UK.

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