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Reinventing the Wheel

Published on October 10th 2005.

Building on the success of the ‘Wheel of Manchester’ that was brought to Exchange Square last year, a bigger and better version will be making its permanent home on the same spot this autumn.

The all new 60 metre observation wheel cost a whopping £3.5 million, and is due to open soon. The wheel has been designed specifically for Manchester, and has large glass capsules that can seat up to eight people each. With tinted windows, heating and air conditioning, the wheel is a step up on last year’s offering. As an added benefit, you can listen to a commentary on the sights of Manchester as you ride.

If all of this isn’t luxury enough, £50 will buy the more discerning customer a ride in the VIP capsule, which benefits from a leather interior, glass floor, plasma screen TV and a fridge. VIP’s will have the option to sip champagne while they take in the sights. Not bad!

And what’s more, unlike its Southern cousin, the London Eye, you won’t have to sell your granny to be able to afford a ride on this wheel. The prices have been increased from last year by a measly 50p, which is a bargain considering how superior this wheel is to last year’s.

A representative from World Tourist Attractions, the company behind both last year’s ‘Wheel of Manchester’ and the new wheel, commented ‘We have been working closely with the council throughout the year; we are delighted to be returning to Manchester. We enjoyed a successful stay in Exchange Square last year and we are confident that our new wheel will be even more popular.’

Ticket prices are: £5.50 for Adults, £3.50 for Children between 4 and 12, Children 3 and under are Free and £4.50 for Senior Citizens. Private capsules (Six adults, 2 children) are available priced £33. The VIP booth is priced £65 with champagne and £50 without champagne.

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