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    Manchester Wheel

    by Balam Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    The Manchester Wheel, Exchange Square, Manchester
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    The Manchester Wheel has become another new city landmark, it gives you spectacular views of the city probably only beaten by the Hilton hotel Deansgate and the CIS buildings. The 60m high big wheel has 42 capsules, which seat up to eight people. Including a special vip one with dark tinted windows.Each has wheelchair access, air conditioning and heating. A ride on the wheel lasts about 13 minutes and there is a commentary pointing out local landmarks. (If you can afford the what i consider very expensive ticket prices)

    Adult £6.50

    Child (3 to 12 years) £4.50

    Child (1 to 3 years) £1.00

    Infant (under 1 year) FREE

    Private Gondola £48.00

    VIP Gondola £55.00

    VIP Gondola with Champagne £70.00

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    Over rated and over priced

    by Evenith666 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Advertised as ‘The Best View in the City’, the Wheel of Manchester has rapidly lost popularity over the last year or so. At £6.50 a head for adults, it works out cheaper to go to Cloud 23 and buy a drink. The view is better and you can stay as long as you want. If you have money to throw away then it is probably worth it just for the experience and so you can say “I went on that...” but otherwise, don’t bother.

    Daily Opening and Closing Times
    Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 10.00pm
    Friday 10.00am to 12:00 midnight
    Saturday 09.00am to 12:00 midnight
    Sunday 10.00am to 7.00pm
    24th Dec 9.00am – 6.00pm
    Christmas Day Closed
    26th Dec Noon – 7.00pm
    28th Dec 10.00am – 7.00pm
    31st Dec 10.00am – 2.00am
    1st Jan 11.00am – 6.00pm

    Ticket Types and Prices
    Adult £6.50 £5.85
    OAP/Student £5.00 £4.50
    Child (16 years and under, under 12's accompanied by an adult) £4.50 £4.05*
    Child (3 years and under) £1.00 £0.90*
    Infant (1 year and under) FREE
    Family Ticket (max 2 adults + 2 children) £18.00 £16.20*
    Private Capsule (max. 6 adults + 2 children) £35.00 £31.50*
    VIP Capsule (max. 4 adults) £50.00 £45.00*
    VIP Capsule with Champagne (Half bottle) £70.00 £63.00*

    *online price

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    Manchester Wheel

    by Myfanwe Written Oct 8, 2009

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    The Manchester Wheel is situated in Exchange Square in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It has 42 capsules with a seating capacity of up to eight people. Each capsule has air conditioning and heating and if you want to push the boat out you can go for the luxurious VIP capsule with optional champagne. The wheel is 60 metres high offering splendid views of the City. There is also a commentary which points out local landmarks.

    Daily Opening and Closing Times
    Sunday to Thursday 10.00am to 11.00pm
    Friday 10.00am to 12:00 midnight
    Saturday 09.00am to 12:00 midnight

    Ticket Types and Prices

    Onsite

    Online
    Adult £6.50 £5.85
    OAP/Student £5.00 £4.50

    Child (16 years and under)
    (under 12's accompanied by an adult)
    £4.50 £4.05
    Child (3 years and under) £1.00 £0.90
    Infant (1 year and under) FREE FREE
    Family Ticket
    (max 2 adults + 2 children) £18.00 £16.20
    Private Capsule
    (max. 6 adults + 2 children) £35.00 £31.50
    VIP Capsule
    (max. 4 adults) £50.00 £45.00
    VIP Capsule with Champagne
    (Half bottle) £70.00 £63.00
    The Wheel Experience

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    Manchester Wheel

    by tvor Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    It was first erected over the winter of 2004/5 and returned for For the Christmas season again in 2005-06 and 2006/7. It is now a permanent fixture in Exchange Square behind Selfridges by The Triangle and Printworks and is lit by 51,000 light bulbs. Definitely worth a ride on a clear day. Yes there are some of those in Manchester!

    You get 3 or 4 circuits of the wheel for your money. Great way to get a bird's eye view of Manchester.

    Tickets at last visit cost £6 for adults, £4 for senior citizens and £4 for children; (2007 prices) call 0161 831 9508 for bookings.

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    Great fun with great views

    by Benson35 Updated Mar 14, 2012

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    I've been on the Manchester wheel a few times. It's not the cheapest of tourist attractions, but I enjoy it.
    You get to see Manchester and the landmarks within.
    The wheel usually rotates twice before you have to get off, but if it's not busy, they leave you on longer. The ride lasts about 12-15 minutes; you don't feel at all rushed and can take evrything in. There is also commentry that guides you to Manchester's landmarks so you know what you are looking at!
    The pods you sit in are for 4 people and have glass sides and glass doors. You can 'upgrade' your pod to that with a glass floor or a VIP pod which has tinted windows and champagne. All at an extra cost.
    Last time I went on the wheel, the ticket was £7.50 with a discount for children.

    On a clear day, I recommend this activity.

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    Manchester Wheel

    by mickeyboy07 Written Dec 7, 2011

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    The Manchester Wheel is a transportable ferris wheel installation at Exchange Square in the City centre.The first wheel was installed in 2004.A second wheel was erected in May 2007.The current wheel,operated by World Tourist Attractions,and also known as the capital wheel of Manchester has 42 passenger cars and is 60 metres(197ft)tall.from the top of the wheel you get spectacular views of the city and surrounding districts.

    Open mon till thu:10am-9pm
    fri and sat:10am-11pm
    sun:10am-9pm
    Prices-Adult:£7.50,OAP/student:£5.50,Child under 16:£5.00,under 3:£1.00.
    2 adults and 2 children in private capsule:£40.00(discounts online,check website)

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    Former Manchester Wheel

    by spidermiss Updated May 14, 2012

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    The Manchester Wheel
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    *Please note Manchester Wheel is no more :-( - I didn't see it on my last trip to Manchester in May 2012*

    On many Manchester trips I always keep seeing the wheel but never took the opportunity to ride on it. However, on a recent trip, I've decided to take a ride where I was rewarded with amazing views of the city 60m above the ground! I do recommend riding on the wheel on a clear day as you can get the most out of the sites.

    It cost me 7.50 gbp (October 2011) to ride on the wheel. Please be aware that a souvenir photograph is taken of you before your ride which is available afterwards. The big issues is that it can cost a lot to purchase one! You have to buy a souvenir photograph pack which cost 15-20 gbp and the photographs aren't available separately.

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    The Manchester Eye

    by janiebaxter Written Aug 19, 2007

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    Manchester Eye

    The Big Wheel in Exchange square is great fun and a good way to get a look at Manchester and the surrounding area. The 10 minute ride takes you above the roofs of Harvey Nichols and the other shops and buildings, where you can see all the city centre and the hills of Lancashire beyond.
    Even if you are scared of heights, like me, you feel quite safe as the cars are enclosed and it goes very slowly.

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    New - Manchester Wheel

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 12, 2006

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    Manchester's latest attraction (opened Oct 2004) is the Wheel - the northern version of the London Eye I suppose. For ?5 you get a ride on this Ferris Wheel of sorts - revolving once as its loads passengers and then twice more so you get to see good views over Manchester. Open til 9pm so great for the night light shots too. Just about worth the money I think. Kids will love it.

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    MANCHESTER WHEEL

    by alyf1961 Written Feb 28, 2012

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    There are 42 fully enclosed capsules which rise to a height of 60 meters.

    The ride lasts about 13 minutes and features commentary pointing out local landmarks

    Daily Opening and Closing Times
    Monday to Thursday 10.00am – 9.00pm
    Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 11.00pm
    Sunday 10.00am – 9.00pm

    (Open until 11.30pm for MEN Arena Events)

    Times and availability may change due to maintenance, weather or other operational reasons.PLEASE NOTE NO ANIMALS EXCEPT GUIDE DOGS ALLOWED
    PRICES

    Adult£8.50
    Student £5.50
    Child (16 years and under) £5.00
    Child (3 years and under) £1.00 Infant (1 year and under) FREE
    Family Ticket
    - Max. 2 Adults and 2 Children £20.00

    PRIVATE CAPSULE - Max. 6 Adults and 2 Children £40.00
    VIP CAPSULE - Max. 4 Adults £50.00
    VIP Capsule with Champagne (half bottle) - Max. 4 Adults 18 years and older £60.00

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    Mini wheel

    by leecouk12324 Written Aug 21, 2007

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    Have a ride on the wheel (£6.10 per adult as of 20/08/07) outside Victoria train station near Urbis + interesting buildings around this area + a nice Pedestrian st going towards St Annes Square that every year has a Christmas market where last year you could get great Hot Mulled German Gluwein (Mulled Wine) after a hard days shopping + Hot chocolate with liquers

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    Great views if the weather is clear

    by Tracyden Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Have a ride on the Manchester wheel - it's smaller and cheaper than the London eye - the capsules are smaller holding about eight people. You can book your ticket online for a reduced price - the wheel is close to the city centre shops and is open all year round.

    You can get some great views of the triangle that you can only see from the wheel.

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    The Big Wheel

    by JamalMorelli Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    There is a mundane explanation as a travel highlight and point of civic pride.

    But I know that this is the Manchester installation of a giant consciousness controlling transmitter that only The Doctor can defeat.

    I'll give my own review but for now - here's something from the BBC

    The Wheel of Manchester - the facts
    Manchester’s newest attraction - the Wheel of Manchester - opens to the public offering a unique view of the city's skyline. Find out more...

    The 42-carriage wheel, though similar to the London Eye, is actually transportable.
    In fact if you've been to Paris in the last few years, you may recognise it, because it actually stood at the end of the Champs Elysees. And there's an identical one opening in Birmingham.

    The Wheel has been built in Exchange Square, standing next to Selfridges and in front of the Triangle shopping centre. It offers tourists and shoppers the chance to get a unique view above the rooftops in the run-up to Christmas and New Year.

    Sky high: the 60m Wheel
    A ride on the wheel lasts ten minutes. There will be a commentary pointing out local landmarks including Urbis, Manchester Town Hall, the CIS tower, No.1 Deansgate, Old Trafford and farther afield, the hills in the Peak district.

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    The Wheel of Manchester

    by tim07 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    The Wheel of Manchester
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    The wheel takes you to a height of 60 metres above the heart of Manchester. From your capsule there are spectacular views of the city centre.

    The wheel is open daily from morning to late at night. It cost £6.50 for an adult & the ride lasted 13 minutes.

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