The English Riviera Wheel at night, Torquay, Devon

The English Riviera Wheel will be returning to Torquay and is set to open to the public on Friday 24 May.

The wheel will be operating from 10am until 10pm during school holidays and from 10am until 8pm during school term time. The last operational day will be Saturday 31 August 2019.

Neil Coish, Head of Parks and Open Spaces at Torbay Council, said: "Once again, we are extremely happy to welcome the wheel back to Torquay. It has become an iconic sight on the seafront location and draws people in and gives them the opportunity to see the incredible views that are unique to the Bay.”

The wheel, at nearly 60 metres high, is taller than Nelson's Column and provides breath-taking 360-degree views across the Bay.

The English Riviera wheel from above in Torquay, Devon

It also operates in almost complete silence, and features the very latest in observation wheel technology. It is suitable for all ages and has 40 enclosed lit gondolas, each of which can carry up to six passengers and can also take wheelchairs.

Mellors Group’s Group Director, James Mellors said: “As the UK’s leading attraction provider we are proud to return to Torquay with the largest transportable wheel in the UK. We have already taken school bookings for this summer as well as a families coming from other areas of the UK as part of their summer holidays.”

The installation of the wheel will take about one week by ten fully trained and qualified personnel using an inbuilt hydraulic system. It will be transported to Torbay on ten specially adapted trailers.

The English Riviera wheel from above in Torquay, Devon

The wheel will once again be competitively priced to enable all to enjoy:

  • Adult - £7
  • Concession (students and senior citizens) - £6
  • Child (under 1.4 metres) - £5
  • Family Ticket (2 adults plus 2 children) - £20
  • Standard Gondola (seats up to 6) - £35
  • VIP Gondola (seats up to 4) - £44
  • VIP Gondola with champagne - £75

Online advance booking discount (48 hours in advance): 20% off the gate prices listed above.


English Riviera Wheel
The English Riviera Wheel from above, Torquay, Devon

Soaring high over the beautiful harbour in the heart of the English Riviera at Torquay, the wheel is situated within the famous Pavilion Gardens, next to The Princess Theatre, enjoying amazing views of the town and harbour. The English Riviera Wheel is completely silent in operation incorporating the latest in observation wheel technology and design. A trip on the wheel takes approximately 12 minutes. Each gondola is enclosed for safety and comfort whatever the weather. Step into one of the wheel's gondolas and be transported into the air. Gaze out over the skyline and see the surrounding area with a wonderous view in every direction. Fun, thrills, geography and history - all rolled into one!



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