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As a frequent visitor to Manchester City centre I'd passed the wheel many times and I've said for around a year that I wanted to go on it - and this weekend we took the plunge.
The Manchester wheel is 60 metres tall - yes that is over 190ft tall! It is located in Exchange Square in Manchester, overlooking the Arndale centre. If you wanted to combine the wheel with a bite to eat, there are a number of resteraunts and cafes very near by.
The ticket for a family of four cost us £20 on the day, but if you book online in advance you can get a family ticket for £17. Single tickets are around the £8.50 mark.
We arrived at the wheel at about 4.15pm and there was a small queue. After paying our money, we were pulled to one side and a group photograph was taken of us all together (more about this later).
Then we joined the actual queue. The wheel has around 42 capsules, and the wheel is filled in one go and then emptied in one go, so it doesn't take long to get seated into a capsule.
After waiting ten minutes we were invited into a capsule. Before the doors was locked we were told there was a button to let the staff know we wanted to come down.
The doors were then locked and the wheel started to ascend! If you do not like heights, you will not like the first rotation! Because of the nature of how the wheel is filled, you are stopped frequently on the first rotation to let people on - this meant a few stops right at the top with the breeze rocking the capsule.
It was until the 2nd turn which was stop free that I was able to relax and begin to enjoy the ride.
One criticism would be there is very little to see whilst you are up there! I don't think the location is great for looking at landmarks in particular, and the commentary which you can choose to listen to is incredibly annoying - we turned it off after about a minute.
If you are frightened of heights, I'm not sure how you'd enjoy the attraction. It is incredibly high and the capsule moving with the wind can be incredibly perturbing.
After 4 full rotations we came back down to the ground to dismount, the whole experience of being in the capsule lasting around 15 mins.
The minute you get off the ride you are accosted to buy the souvenir pack which includes the picture that they took of you earlier in the day. In my opinion this is a complete rip off - they especially like showing it to the kids in the hope that pester power will make you give in.
The Manchester Wheel is a bit of fun, but don't do it if you aren't great with heights
A ferris wheel in Manchester?! Well not quite a ferris wheel but it does have it's own "big wheel" which is obviously to try and compete with London and the "London Eye." Does it compete though?... Quite frankly - I think they are both a waste of hard earned money! The London Eye is however considerably better.
The wheel itself is 60m high compared to the 135m in London. The experience lasts for approximately 13 minutes which is less than half that of the London Eye (30 minutes). So as Manchester is less than half the experience of London you would expect it to be half the price? Unfortunately not! It costs £6.50 for a standard adult ticket compared to £10 in London. I would personally advise going to the Hilton Hotel in Manchester and going up the lift to one of the top floors and looking out the window. This will provide a far better view and you will be able to see further. I feel like I have wasted my money by going on this wheel. I decided to go on it after walking past it every weekend for years and thought it would be nice to take my girlfriend on it.
It is based outside Selfridges across the road from the printworks. I admit that it is nice to see Manchester's views as I live there and I love the place but for the amount of money it costs and what you actually get it really isn't worth it.
The wheel has 42 caspsules and it includes a VIP capsule that includes champagne, but as you are only on it for 13minutes I doubt you can properly enjoy the champagne and have to drink it pretty quickly, also at a cost of £70 I think it is probably considerably cheaper to go to Tesco, buy a cheap bottle of champagne and take your ipod (the VIP capsule plays music too).
Overall I wouldn't recommend this, especially so if you have been on the London Eye because it doesn't even begin to compare. If you're going to do it then why not do it properly Manchester?!
I have included prices for your information but it should be noted that purchasing your ticket online will get you a 10% discount.
Adult - £6.50
OAP/Student - £5.00
Child - £4.50
Child (3 years and under) - £1.00
Infant (1 year and under) - FREE
Family Ticket - £18.00
Private Capsule - £35.00
VIP Capsule - £50.00
VIP Capsule with Champagne - £70.00
The wheel is located in central Manchester, in Exchange Square. The wheel is 60m high, so you can spot it from miles away.
The wheel is great if you want to see Manchester from the roof tops. It takes 13 minutes to go around in total and there are 42 capsules available.
I am from Manchester and I have been on the wheel twice - once by day with my family and the second time was by night with my boyfriend. I think the you get two completely different views depending on what time you ride at and I would recommend riding twice (once by day and once by night).
It's fun to point out local landmarks to your friends and family and to see the city of Manchester from the sky.
I'd say that the wheel is also okay for those that don't like the motion of going around on a wheel, because it is quite a slow journey and you barely feel as if you are moving.
You can get a discount if you pre-book your trip on-line, current prices are as follows:
Adult: £6.50 (onsite), £5.85 (on-line);
OAP/ Student: £5.00 (onsite), £4.50 (on-line);
Child (under 16): £4.50 (onsite), £4.05 (on-line);
Child (3 years and under): £1.00 (onsite), £0.90 (on-line);
Infant (1 year and under): FREE (onsite), FREE (on-line).
There is also a VIP capsule that you can hire out, complete with champagne. Personally I haven't travelled VIP style, but a friend of mine was recently surprised by her boyfriend to a trip in the private capsule. She said that as well as champagne, there was also a video that was playing - pointing out the local landmarks, with Take That singing in the background. She also said that her and her boyfriend had no problems polishing off the champagne that was provided as part of the package (even though they only had 13 minutes to drink it). I her if she thought it was worth the £70 price tag (£63 if you book on-line) and she said that she would definitely recommend it. So if you are looking for something a bit different to do this Valentine's and you have £70 spare, then this could be an option.
I would recommend a trip on the wheel for locals and tourists alike, it is a great way to see the city and a fantastic attraction. Five out of five stars.
Since the London Eye was built in the year 2000, all the major cities of the UK seem to have gradually followed suit and built their own versions and Manchester is no exception.
The Manchester wheel stands 60m tall and is located on Exchange Square in the original medieval centre of the city, now known as the Millennium Quarter, between the Arndale and the Triangle shopping centres and overlooking the Shambles pubs.
Each capsule holds up to six people and you will not usually be asked to share, even if there are only two of you. Wheelchair access is available.
The cost is £6.50 per adult, £5.00 for students/OAPs and £4.50 for under 16s.
Family tickets are also available for £18.00 or you can book a private VIP capsule which comes with blacked out windows and champagne for £70.00 if you are planning something special! I presume if you book one of these you get it for longer than the standard 15 minutes!
You stay on the wheel for 3 rotations and the wheel moves at a fairly slow pace, taking around 4 or 5 minutes for each rotation. When I checked the prices on the website it says an audio commentary is provided in the capsules detailing local landmarks although I don't remember this from my trip at all!
As the wheel rotates you get to look down on to the Shambles, Manchester Cathedral, Urbis, the Royal Exhange Theatre, the MEN arena, Strangeways and the old Boddingtons Brewery as well as sights further afield such as the City of Manchester Stadium, and the Pennines in the far distance.
I have only been on the Wheel in the daytime but I can imagine it is nice to go on it at night as well and see the city lit up. It is open until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, 10pm Monday to Thurs and 7pm on Sundays.
We only had to queue for a few minutes to get on and the queue never seems that long as I've walked past so you should never have a long wait. And if the queue looks a bit long you can always have a drink in Sinclairs while you wait for it to die down!
It was pretty windy when we went on, which made the ride a bit more interesting! The wheel does shut if there are very high winds or adverse weather conditions but it is very rare that you walk past and the wheel is not turning.
I'd definitely recommend a trip on the Manchester wheel if you are visiting the city, or if you live there it is also good to get a different view of the buildings you may walk past or work in everday and it is just a bit of fun.
If you want to find out more visit www.worldtouristattractions.co.uk/wta_wheel_manchester.php
You can also get 10% off by booking via the above website.
I took an ex-girlfriend here on a date once, for it seemed like a romantic idea at the time. However, it just turned out to be a pretty big waste of money.
The wheel looks impressive, but you have to think it through a bit before you get on. What is there to see from up on high in Manchester?
I don't know what i was expecting. It's about £6 per adult, and they even have a champagne ride, which, as you can guess is not cheap.
So round we went, three full revolutions, the most excitement coming from the slight rock of the cart, adding a morsel of fear to the lady across from me.
They offer other packages, such as the VIP champagne ride, which gets you a bottle of champagne and a glass floor for £70, which, I'm sure I don't need to tell you, isn't cheap, considering you could go to a nice restaurant and have a slap-up meal for probably cheaper.
OAPs and students get discounts, as well as children. Also, if for whatever reason you're hell-bent on riding this thing, you get 10% off for booking online.
Despite it being a pretty boring experience, I think with it being Christmas (at the time this is written) i think it would probably be a lot more entertaining to take a ride at night to take in all the Christmas lights.
I visited Manchester for a weekend away (See my review of the Manchester Marriot hotel for more info) back in April. It was mostly fantastic weather and when we spied the Wheel of Manchester just outside the shopping centre we decided we must have a go!
We had to queue up for around ten minutes and it cost £6.50 per adult to go on, which made it about the same price as a cinema ticket. A little pricey but as we wouldn't be going on it every week we didn't mind paying.. especially for the fantastic views.
Whilst queuing a guy came to take our photograph, something I absolutely hate, as I am a photographer myself, I like to hide BEHIND the camera, not in front! However he was friendly, though we didn't seem to have a choice about having our photograph taken or not. On boarding the capsule I was relived that we got to go in it just me and my partner, there were signs up saying that at busy times you could have to share with someone else. Not something I wanted to do after paying that kind of ticket price for a bit of a romantic view!!
The capsules themselves could fit around 6 people max. They are see through and feel pretty safe. They were really clean and so the windows were fantastic for looking through and taking photographs.
Whilst in the capsule you are played audio commentary from a presenter from the local Radio station. The commentary is really useful as it tells you such things about where to spot certain landmarks and about the history of Manchester. We had three rotations I believe which was just enough to see everything and take enough photographs without getting bored. I think we were in it for around ten-fifteen minutes in total. The views were fantastic, you could see all across the city and beyond.
On arriving back on the ground we were helped back out by a friendly staff member and then were presented with a photograph of ourselves already printed out, which we could buy for an amount I can't remember, I think it was around £10. It came in a special pouch with images of the wheel and of Manchester, but the photograph was nothing special and my hair looked hideous, so needless to say this was not purchased!
Overall I was really happy that we decided to go on the Wheel, and was impressed with it, though I think once is definitely enough for during the day. I would, however be interested to go back at night and see a night-time view of Manchester when it is all lit up.
If you visit the centre of Manchester, it's hard to miss the huge ferris wheel that has been occupying the city centre skyline since May 2007. Known as The Wheel of Manchester, its promoters, World Tourist Attractions, claim that the Manchester Wheel is world famous and whilst it lacks the stature of The London Eye, it's still one attraction in Manchester that's well worth a visit.
The Wheel of Manchester is located in Exchange Square, right in the centre of Manchester. Finding it isn't too difficult since it is easily visible on the city centre skyline. It's located within a stone's throw of Selfridges and overlooks the Printworks which means a ride on the Wheel can easily be combined with a day of shopping, eating or drinking, or, if you really want to make the most of your time in Manchester, all of the above.
I was treated to a journey on the Wheel by my then boyfriend on Christmas Eve 2007. Surprisingly, the queues were small, perhaps due to the sub-zero temperatures. I didn't pay when I visited but, according to the World Tourist Attractions website, prices for adults are £6.50 each. If you book online, there are some slight discounts to be had. To commandeer a whole capsule to yourself costs £48 but when I visited, my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to get the capsule to ourselves without paying any extra. I got the impression that, unless if was particularly busy, the staff would endeavour to give you your own capsule if possible, without having to specifically pay for a private trip.
As you might have noticed by now, I'm struggling to come up with the word to describe the Wheel of Manchester experience. It seems wrong to call it a ride since, despite the fact that it looks like an oversized fairground ferris wheel, it isn't a ride filled with thrills and spills. It isn't really a journey or trip either since the start and end point is the same and, asides from a 60 metre journey towards the heavens, you don't really take a journey as such. Perhaps it's best described as an experience.
My experience was during a winter evening which meant I got to see the cityscape of Manchester by night. Fortunately, it was clear and I could see the twinkling lights of Manchester sprawling for miles around me. Having spent over 5 years living in Manchester, the city may have lost some of its initial gloss, but it still hasn't lost its appeal with me. The combination of the orange and neon lights below and my childish Christmas excitement meant it was a really magical experience whilst the imposing tower of Strangeways added an eerie juxtaposition. Whilst the capsules claim to be climate controlled, it was still a little chilly and draughty. Strangely enough, this added to the appeal for me but if you're not akin with the winter climate, you'd be advised to wrap up warmly.
Fortunately, I've never been fazed by heights and the 60 metre height to which the Wheel lifts passengers provides a stunning view of the city which I'm sure is equally impressive by daylight, if perhaps a little less magical. The Wheel is solidly built which is apparent from looking at it from ground level. My experience was on a brisk and windy evening so I won't deny there was a minimal amount of rocking during the ride but it wasn't enough to make me feel unsteady or insecure.
According to the website, the journey lasts 13 minutes although I have to confess that time was the last thing on my mind as I took in the breathtaking views. The timing did seem about right, leaving me wanting more but not feeling completely dissatisfied. Certainly, I think younger children would find the experience boring were it to last any longer. It may have been nearly 18 months since I visited the Wheel of Manchester but I still have fond memories of the experience, if not for the person I shared that experience with!
The webpage that is dedicated to the Wheel of Manchester is brief but does offer plenty of pertinent information. The wheel does offer disabled access and there is a detailed pricing list available on the website at http://worldtouristattractions.co.uk/wta_wheel_manchester.php
Manchester is still a beautiful city to me and a trip on the Wheel of Manchester certainly reiterated my feelings. Regardless of whether you're a visitor to the city or a lifelong resident, the Wheel of Manchester is a great opportunity to enjoy the city from an entirely new perspective.
We saw this a few times when going to the MEN Arena but hadnt had a chance to go on it until recently.
It was great fun, last about 15 minutes and does 3 rotations and you get a commentary to point out the landmarks.
They gave us a little capsule to ourself which was lovely as the private ones you normally pay extra for but it wasnt too busy i suppose so we were lucky (mind you they only hold about 4 - 6 people anyway i would say) and i can't imagine anyone wanting a private one on this wheel unless it was to propose or something.
Private capsules are £48.00, Vip ones £55.00 and Vip with Champagne is £70.00 - I believe the Vip ones have a glass floor - not sure i like the sound of that anyway!
It costs £6.50 for adults and £4.50 for children aged 3 -12 years. 1-3 years are £1.00 and under 1's are free.
You can book online it says when youre there if you want for a discount, think it's 10%
I believe it's open every day apart from Christmas Day and weather permitting of course, the next time we went and wanted to take our daughter on it it was closed due to the high winds unfortunately.
Another trip last week enabled our daughter and her friend to go on it - they are 12 so fine on their own and we sat at the christmas bar under the wheel with a mulled wine watching them. There was no problem them going alone and they had great fun especially as it was early evening and dark by then so they could see all the lovely Christmas lights around.
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The Wheel is the main attraction in Exchange Square, Manchester offering a great view of the city's skyline!