York Wheel set to stay

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The Wheel of York is set to stay in the city until January 2013 after proving successful in its first months open to the public.

The wheel stands in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel and opened on December 13, 2011 after a slightly delay due to high winds.

Since its opening, it has proved popular with residents and tourists and has attracted high numbers of visitors, particularly in the Christmas season.

John Lowery, UK Operations Manager for Great City Attractions, who owns the wheel, said: “ it’s the first ever wheel in Hotel grounds anywhere in the world there was no problems except the wind that delayed some of the build.”

Lowery added that the city was chosen to host the wheel as “everyone understands that York is one of the most visited places by tourists” and he revealed that visiting figures were “very pleasing in the run up to the New Year and the weekends have been better than expected through January”.

At 53-metres high, a trip on the wheel offers a spectacular view across the city and the surrounding countryside.

University of York student Katie Thompson described her trip on the wheel as “a very pleasant viewing experience” and added that it’s “a perfect excuse to get to know this fine city a little better”.

The wheel was installed after a three-year struggle for the company, with proposals to construct the wheel at various other sites rejected, as they looked to reinstall their wheel in York after its successful stint at the city’s National Railway Museum in 2006-2008.

Great City Attractions boasts seven other Giant Observation Wheels around the United Kingdom, including ones in Manchester and Liverpool, and also has wheels in Asia, Australia and Europe.

For more information, prices and opening times, visit the Great City Attractions website.

You can also read Katie Thompson’s full review of her trip on the Wheel of York here.

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