The Wheel of Sheffield - Closing 31 October 2010
Please Note: The Wheel is not in Sheffield for Christmas 2012
This opened in mid July 2009 until 16th January 2011 - the giant observation wheel in Fargate – affording spectacular views of the city centre and beyond.
The wheel – described as a "world class attraction" – towers 54 metres above the city centre, providing dramatic 360- degree views from enclosed capsules.
Already the wheels have proved highly popular in cities across the UK – including Manchester and Belfast – and as far afield as Australia.
A ferris wheel has regularly featured in the city centre in the run-up to Christmas but there has been nothing on this scale, with passengers gliding skywards in 42 climate-controlled pods, each seating up to six adults and two children.
The wheel is part of a spectacular attempt to add vibrancy and entertainment to the city centre from July 2009 to 31st October 2010 – and to attract tourists as well as local people.
A statement said: "WTA has previously operated in some of the world's leading locations including Belfast, Brisbane, Brussels, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Windsor and York, and we are excited at the possibility of adding Sheffield to this distinguished list.
"We are confident that the wheel will add to the city's tourism offering and become a welcome addition to the local skyline."
The company is currently operating in Manchester city centre where prices are £6.50 for adults, £5 for students and pensioners, £4.50 for children aged 16 year and under, £1 for children under three and £18 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Prices are cheaper if booked online.
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