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October 2004
Brum's Big Wheel is back!
Birmingham Wheel
The Birmingham Wheel
The 'Wheel of Birmingham' has returned to Centenary Square. Not only is the Wheel back - it's bigger than ever!
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WHEEL FACTS

40,000 litres of water in the ballasts

Weighs 300 tonnes

21 spokes

50,980 light bulbs

60 metres high

Built in Holland

A new one would cost £2.5 million to build

It's the world's largest transportable observation wheel

The wheel will revolve an estimated 60,000 times while it is in Birmingham

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It's finally back! Birmingham's answer to the London Eye is finally in place in Centenary Square and will be open to the public on the 21st October 2004 until Sunday 27th February 2005.

Birmingham Wheel
The Birmingham Wheel

Centenary Square will play host to a high-tech 60-metre observation wheel, but as this time it is a new wheel it boasts larger glass gondolas which are fully heated and air conditioned and with a capacity to seat up to eight people.

Now Brummies can get a stunning bird's eye view of the city of Birmingham and beyond.

Jonathan Shipley, a director of World Tourist Attractions, says: "We are delighted to be returning to Birmingham having enjoyed such a successful stay in Centenary Square earlier this year.

"Our new gondolas will provide commentary on the sites of Birmingham as well as other interesting facts about the city."

If you're not too keen on heights, fear not. You can see last years amazing pictures of the wheel and the views across the city from the highest point without taking your feet off the ground.

THE 2003 BIRMINGHAM WHEEL PHOTOS
Birmingham Wheel
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sat and Sun 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Public Holidays 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm
(Christmas Day - closed)

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Adult £5.00
Senior Citizen £4.00
Child (from 5 to 15 years) £3.00

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