Visit the Wheel of Manchester for stunning panoramic views of the city's famous landmarks including fascinating commentary as you sit enjoying views of Manchester like you've never seen before. At an awe-inspiring 196ft (60m) the Wheel of Manchester with 42 capsules including a luxury VIP capsule with glass floor, leather interior and DVD player (with the option of champagne) is the ultimate journey above the city of Manchester.
The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium, which was established in c. 79 CE on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. Historically, Manchester was in Lancashire, although areas of Cheshire, south of the River Mersey were incorporated into the city during the 20th century. Throughout the Middle Ages Manchester remained a manorial township but began to expand 'at an astonishing rate' around the turn of the 19th century.
Manchester's unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in it becoming the world's first industrialised city. The building of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761 built to transport coal triggered an early-19th-century factory building boom which transformed Manchester from a township into a major mill town and borough that was granted city status in 1853. In 1877, the Neo Gothic Manchester Town Hall was built and in 1894 the 36 mile Manchester Ship Canal opened; which at the time was the longest river navigation canal in the world, which in turn created the Port of Manchester linking the city to sea. Manchester's fortunes decreased in the subsequent years after WW2 due to deindustrialisation. However, investment in the last two decades, spurred by the IRA's 1996 Manchester bombing - which was the largest bomb ever detonated in peacetime Britain - spearheaded extensive regeneration of Manchester.
Today Manchester is ranked as a beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network; The city is notable for its architecture, culture, music scene, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact and sporting connections. Sports clubs which bear the city name include Premier League football teams, Manchester City and Manchester United. Manchester was the site of the world's first railway station, and the place where scientists first split the atom and developed the first stored-programme computer. Manchester is served by two universities, including the largest single-site university in the UK, and has the country's third largest urban economy. As of 2011 Manchester is the fastest growing major city in the UK and the third-most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors, after London and Edinburgh, and the most visited in England outside London.
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Bookings & General Enquiries
Telephone: 0161 2366512
Adult - £7.00
Students/Senior Citizens - £6.00
Youth (aged 11 to 16) - £5.00
Child (aged 3 to 10) - £3.00
Aged 3 and Under - £1.00
Infants - Free
(You will be asked to share capsules during busy periods)
Family - £18.00
- 2 adults & 2 children
Private Capsule - £40.00
- Up to 6 adults & 2 children
Luxury VIP Capsule
With champagne and chocolates- £80.00
- Up to 4 people
- Please note champagne is only 1/2 size bottles
Standard VIP Capsule
Without champagne and chocolates- £55.00
- Up to 4 people
The Wheel of Manchester
Manchester M60 1HX
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 - 21:00
Friday: 10:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 21:00
Times and availability may change due to maintenance, weather or other operational reasons.
No animals except guide dogs.