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Sunday 13 September 2009

The Derby Market Place Big Wheel, Cathedral Quarter Wheel is ready for passengers

The Big wheel is back in 2011. <-- Click for details

This is a panoramic photograph I took on Sunday morning of the Cathedral Quarter Wheel which officially opened to the public on Saturday 12th September 2009.
It took 6 days to build, and is 60m (197 ft) tall in the Market Place, has 40 observation pods and weighs 365 tonnes!

The Big Wheel will be on Derby's Market Place until Saturday 31st October, so thats seven weeks so theres no excuse not to have a ride on it.

The ride lasts for 15 minutes so there is plenty of time to take in the great views it has to offer.
Commentary inside the pods has been created by Heart 106 FM, with facts about the Cathedral Quarter area, the history of Derby and key points of interest that you can see from the wheel.

If you listen to Sam and Amy on Heart 106 Breakfast show on Wednesdays then you may win a private gondolier for the family that evening !

The Cathedral Quarter Wheel is open from
10am to 10pm Monday to Thursday
10am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday
10am to 8pm on Sundays.

It costs
£5 for adults
£4 for seniors and disabled passengers
£3 for children under 1.4 metres, and free for children under three.

There is also a VIP Gondola which takes up to 4 people for £50.00
It has 1 disabled access gondola.

There is a 20% discount for Cathedral Quarter loyalty card holders. For more information, visit www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk

If you have ever been on the Manchester wheel then you will aleady know what a great view you can get from these things, that wheel is exactly the same height as the Derby wheel. But unless you have been on a Derby Cathedral Tower Open day then you won't have been lucky enough to have seen the views over the city of Derby from such a high vantage point, so I think this is a great thing for the City of Derby.

Map location :

View The Derby Cathedral Quarter Wheel. in a larger map

Hope you enjoy this and get a chance to have a go on it.
Please leave your reviews of it in my blog. How far could you see?


1 comment:

  1. I have always thought this would have been better placed at Cathedral Green - having been on the wheel I still believe this is tye case. The views were amazing and shocking. The views over the historic parts were exceptional, looking down on the most attractive parts of Derby around the Cathedral Quarter. That big grey box stuck on top of what was once the Eagle Centre was almost the worst view whilst the corrugated iron sheds which form RiverLights form what I see as the most horrendously ruined views. The distant views of open countryside show how close we are to this. Unfortunately very little of the River Derwent can be seen from the wheel. I would like to see this attraction come back to Derby but on the Riverside, as this would show off our riverside views. I would also like it to stay for a year - or return for 6 months a year for a few years as I think it will boost our tourism.