The Olympics effect – visiting iconic backdrops of UK cities

The Olympic torch is wending its way across the country as we count down to the 2012 London Olympics. As we pointed out in our last blog, this is more than a "London" affair, with Olympic events happening in sites outside the capital as well as the cultural Olympiad all over the country.

If you've been interested in following the news or watching the day-by-day clips of the journey of the Olympic torch on the internet, it's actually thrilling to see the level of community participation and enthusiasm everywhere the torch goes.

It's also interesting to see the variety of ways in which the torch has been travelling: apart from being carried by runners in the traditional way, the torch has been on planes, trains, bikes, horses, boats, abseiling down buildings and so on. For the people who have enjoyed the privilege of carrying the torch or will do so in coming days and weeks, these are memories they will keep for the rest of their lives.

But best of all, for everyone with a spirit of adventure and appetite for visiting beautiful places, the epic journey of the Olympic torch is showcasing an abundance of places and venues of tremendous beauty to visit across the UK. The numerous historic buildings, sites, castles, waterfalls, stadiums, statues and assorted landmarks which have formed impressive and iconic backdrops to the Olympic torch so far are ours to visit all year round. There are many more that will be highlighted in the coming days and weeks before the opening ceremony of the games on 27 July.

Here's a list of just a few of the iconic backdrops that have been visited by the Olympic torch and which you may want to see, or re-visit and capture for your holiday memories:

  • The Land's End signpost – and contemplate the distance to John O'Groats!
  • The Eden Project domes
  • Stand on the shores of Lake Windermere
  • See Lincoln Cathedral
  • The Robin Hood statue in Nottingham, after a walk in Sherwood Forest
  • Stand in the Coventry Cathedral ruins and feel the echoes of WWII history
  • The grounds of Alnwick Castle, which was used in the Harry Potter films
  • Spread your wings with The Angel of the North
  • Along York City walls and see the York Cathedral as well
  • Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

These are the more traditional views of England, but we'll bring some of the not so traditional landmarks and sites in a future blog.

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