The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be held at various venues across the city of London and include twenty different sporting events. A great addition to the 2012 Olympics being held in the British capitol, the Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 through September 9, 2012, a few weeks after the Olympics leave town. Some of the events will be held at the multiple Olympic venues around London, including the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Center and Eton Manor. These games featuring athletes who have lost a limb have been taking place since 1960 and the Paralympic Sports always encourage a wide array of volunteers and spectators to come out and watch the events.
The Paralympic Games History has evolved over the past 50 years. The first official Paralympic games took place in Rome in 1960 and they have been taking place alongside the Olympics ever since. Prior to the official sporting events, athletes with disabilities were allowed to participate in the Olympics. In 1948 the first organized event for disabled athletes took place, which was run by a group of British World War II veterans. Since then, the Paralympic games have become all encompassing and are regulated by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The 2012 Paralympic Games will be an exciting event this year. Tickets to the games are available for purchase online but the most affordable tickets for the array of events sell out quickly. It is advised to plan your trip in advance as the summer and fall months are the peak tourist months for London. Between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, the Olympic games in July and August and the Paralympic Games 2012 in August in September, the summer months will be even more hectic. Accommodation options and ticket options for the sporting events will be booked quickly so make your travel plans months ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
Cheap flights to London will sell out quickly so get organized and make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. The major airport in London is the Heathrow International Airport, which features great access to all the action that London has and also services the most flights. There are direct trains to major Tube and rail stations around the city and a slew of duty free shops that visitors can take advantage of. Airfares to Heathrow will tend to be a bit pricier as it is the most popular airport but there are plenty of other surrounding airports to look in to.
If you are looking for cheap tickets to London be sure to check out other airports such as London Gatwick, London Stansted and London Luton. There are always plenty of airline tickets to these airline hubs since they are a bit further out from the center of London. However, they are still accessible and often offer better deals than Heathrow. Buses and trains regularly service these airports and if you are coming to London from another European country, or are planning to travel on after your stay, they will be your best bet. All of the major budget airlines fly regularly to these three airports and many visitors find that they can get the best deals at Gatwick, Stansted and Luton.