'Bristol Wheel' opens for the public today

A new 60m high observation wheel is going to be open for the public today in Broadmead. The new Bristol Wheel has 40 completely enclosed gondolas with capacity for six people, one VIP gondola and one disabled access gondola. The ride is 12 minutes long and it is possible to spot many of Bristol landmarks such as St Mary's Redcliffe Church, Castlemead building, Quakers Friars, Castle Park, St. Pauls Church, Kingsdown and Avon Valley.

The Bristol Wheel was erected by a team of engineers over the last two weeks and at 60m (197ft) tall is about the height of 15 double-decker buses, making Cabot Tower, which is just 32m (105ft), look small. This enormous structure was last used in London's Hyde Park at Christmas, and was transported to Bristol on 11 trailers.

The wheel is run by Nottingham-based business Mellors Group. Edward Mellors, a director of Mellors Group, said he expects the wheel to increase the number of visitors and tourists in Bristol by 20%. The new Bristol Wheel will be running until May 8.

For more information, please visit www.bristolwheel.co.uk.

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