The Torquay Big Wheel
At 60 metres high the big wheel recently installed on Torquay sea front is taller than Nelson's Column. This great new attraction has come to the Torquay straight from the London Olympic Park where it was at the centre of the celebrations next to the olympic village.
The wheel has 40 enclosed and lit gondolas, weighs in at 365 tons and will be in Torquay until the end of October.
Operated by The Mellors Group, the construction took just 4 days and was open for business in the 3rd week of August.. It is open to the public from 10am to 10pm until 31 October. The Torquay Big Wheel is a great place to take in the fabulous views over the Bay.
Currently the costs for a ride are £5 for an adult ticket £4 concessions, £3 child ticket, and under 3s are free. The ride lasts 12 minutes and passengers can hear a commentary on Torbay's history, events and attractions.
Torbay Council said it hoped the wheel would "enhance the tourist attraction of the area" as the summer draws to an end and any ground impact would be "reversible". It added that a permanent structure could not be considered due to the impact on the Pavilion, a Grade II listed building.