Also known as the Millennium Wheel, the London Eye is a design, engineering and architectural sensation, taking seven years to complete by hundreds of workers from five different countries.
Completed in 2000, this surprising 443 feet (135m)-tall metal Ferris wheel has become one of the city’s top attractions and emblematic icons.
The London Eye was the world’s largest Ferris wheel until 2006, when it was surpassed by the Nachang Star in Nachang (China). In 2008, the Singapore Flyer marked a new record, standing 541 feet (165 m) tall.
Inside the Eye
This impressive structure is made up of 32 glass capsules, each weighing 10 tons, and holds up to 25 people.
The wheel turns very slowly but constantly, to allow visitors to get on and off without stopping. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes.
The London Eye offers an incredible panoramic view of the city and its surrounding countryside. On clear days it is possible to see out over 24 miles, although the sun can hinder views of certain parts of London.
The entry fare includes the “4D Experience”, a short film in three dimensions about London.
On the downside, it is quite pricey and sometimes the line can be over an hour long (especially in spring and summer). The easiest way to avoid the long queues is to buy skip the line tickets.
Skip the line tickets
If you want to enjoy the views from one of London Eye's glass capsules, but don't want to queue for a long time, we recommend purchasing a skip the line ticket:
January - March: 11 am - 6 pm
April and May: opening times vary depending on the day but usually one of two schedules applies - 11am to 6pm or 10am to 8:30pm
June, July and August: 10 am - 8:30 pm
September to November: 11 am - 6 pm
December: The majority of the month opening times are 11am to 6pm but between 21st December and new year times vary depending on the day.
Adults: £ 36 (US$ 44)
Children (ages 4 to 15): £ 32.50 (US$ 39.70)
Children (less than 3): free admission
(During high season, prices go up)
London Eye Tickets £ 34 (US$ 41.50)
Tube: Westminster (Circle, Center and Jubilee lines) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo and City lines)
Buses: 211, 77 and 381.
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