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  1. Catch the Olympics in Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and other cities in the UK

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    This year, as we all know, London will play host to the 2012 Olympics. But here’s something you might not have known – they’re not just taking place in London. Oh no. Thanks to the football, this year’s Olympics are being held throughout the UK, in some instances even outside of England. Read on to find out what other parts of the UK you can see this year’s games...

    Seen as the North of England's capital, Manchester is one of Britain's most visited cities and rightly so. Sports fanatics will be in their element too, as this city is home to the wildly popular Manchester United soccer club. Their home ground, Old Trafford, is where some of this year's football tournament will be staged. This city is also known for spawning some of Britain’s best-loved music acts, it’s great for shopping, while you'll also find a large number of fascinating (and often free) museums and art galleries.

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    Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow is the biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest city in the UK. It's also where you'll find Hampden Park, home to the national football team and where some of this year's matches will be held. On top of all this, it's extremely easy to get around and is famed for its friendly locals. A total of eight games will be held in Hampden Park - five women's and three men's.

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    One of the UK's most celebrated stadiums is the Millennium Stadium. Seating approximately 74,500 people, it has the honour of hosting the very first event of the London 2012 Olympic Games, with women's Football matches starting on 25 July (two days before the Opening Ceremony). Aside from the stadium (which is an attraction in its own right), visitors will enjoy exploring the city to discover Cardiff Castle, National Museum Cardiff and St Fagans National History Museum which is one the world's best open-air museums.

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    Newcastle in England's North-East is where you will discover St James' Park - the oldest ground in the area. It hosted its first game back in 1880 and became the home ground for Newcastle in 1892. This year it will host six matches in the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament. Aside from the football stadium, Newcastle is home to a group of landmark bridges along the River Tyne (one resembling a well-known Australian one) while its nightlife is legendary.

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    Home to Coventry City football club and built in 2005, the City of Coventry Stadium is the closest of all the non-London stadiums hosting games for this year's 2012 Olympic Football tournament. Other attractions in the city include the Coventry Transport Museum where you'll find the world's largest collection of British road transport artefacts and the Priory Visitor Centre which tells the story of Coventry's first Cathedral founded in 11th Century.

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    Photos courtesy of djbrady and cardiffinternational. All images used under the Creative Commons license.

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