The city of London will be hosting the Olympic Games from the 27th of July until the 12th of August. Besides the games and the attractions of the Olympic village, you’ll probably want to spend some of your time traveling around the city to see what other attractions and sightseeing opportunities there are. The following is a list of ideas for things to see and do during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
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The Greenway – from the southern edge of the Olympic Park you can take a stroll along this 500-yard long walkway atop a hill that overlooks views of London. Blue Badge Guides will conduct themed walking tours outside the Olympic Park.
Tate Britain Museum – once the Olympic Games are finished, the permanent collections of the museum will be put in protected storage. However, several paintings from the J.M.W. Turner Collection will still be on display.
Kensington Palace – late March of 2012 saw the re-opening of this historical landmark as it underwent a renovation project that took over two years to complete. It will feature a new exhibit once it reopens which will showcase the life and times of the longest ruling monarch of Britain, Queen Victoria, and will be known as “Victoria Revealed.”
Barclay’s Cycle Hire – recently up and running, London’s premier bike rental program is now available for renting from numerous rental locations throughout the city. The cycles are referred to as “Boris’ Bikes” as they have been named after Boris Johnson, cycling enthusiast and former mayor. For the more physically fit, this is a great way to see the city. It’s cheap too, compared to other types of tours and transportation venues.
Outside of the greater London area, much of Britain will be in preparation for the flood of tourists and visitors who will be in the UK during the summer Olympic Games. For instance, the Cutty Sark will have recently reopened after five years of restoration. Additionally, the World War II Tunnels of Dover Castle is the latest exhibit to be brought to life. It takes a look at the 1940 evacuation command center where the Allies left Dunkirk.
The long-awaited visitor center at Stonehenge will also be completed. It was designed and developed to blend in with the surrounding environment. Finally, the city of Blackpool and the Museum of Liverpool are ending their redevelopment and restoration efforts.
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