London Eye – a ride on the Ferris wheel

The London Eye is an enormous Ferris wheel on the southern embankment of the river Thames, near Westminster Bridge. It is also known as Millennium Wheel.

The London Eye is 135 meters high and was opened in 2000. It has 32 fully transparent passenger cars, each capable of holding up to 25 people. The cars are fixed to the outer rim of the wheel, which allows for a fantastic view. The wheel moves very slowly. It takes around 30 minutes for one full turn.

London Eye – a ride on the Ferris wheel

We booked our tickets online in advance. It is always busy around the London Eye. The online ticket states a time slot for the ride and ticket holders queue separately. This lane moves a lot quicker. A good tip is to arrive shortly after the Ferris wheel opens, it is much quieter then.

London Eye – a ride on the Ferris wheel

The passenger cars are spacious. Even if they are filled to their maximum capacity every guest still gets a good view. And the view is indeed worthwhile. We ended up having typically British weather, grey with the occasional shower. But on nicer days you can apparently see Windsor Castle.

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Opening hours:

daily: 10.00 – 20.30

Admission (2016):

Saver Ticket online: 21,20 £
Fast Lane Ticket online: 27,97 £

London Eye – a ride on the Ferris wheel

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