Residents and visitors have watched with interest the construction of a brand new attraction for Brighton – The Wheel. The Brighton Wheel opened in October and offers visitors the opportunity to sample a panoramic view of the city from fifty metres above sea level. The ferris wheel is much like the London Eye, and consists of 36 enclosed glass gondolas, which can each hold up to six adults and two children. Situated on the seafront next to Brighton Pier, it can hold up to 200 visitors at a time, and the gondolas have even been designed to accommodate wheelchair users.
Brighton Wheel offers a luxury VIP gondola for special occasions, and will also be licensed for weddings and civil partnerships. One voyage on the Wheel will consist of three turns, and will last approximately 12 minutes. The wheel is 45 metres in diameter and will give users the opportunity to view the beautiful coastline, architecture and landmarks of Brighton.
The giant ferris wheel cost six million pounds to build, is 170 foot high, and sits just east of Brighton Pier. It’s estimated that 250, 000 people will use the Wheel in 2012. Built in Germany, it’s hoped that the wheel will give tourist-based businesses in Brighton & Hove a boost, offering visitors a breath-taking experience. The wheel is expected to run for five years, drawing crowds down to the seafront during the London Olympics this summer. Brighton & Hove City Council granted temporary planning permission for the wheel until May 2016.
The wheel operates all year round is illuminated at night, which can really add some magic to the view of Brighton seafront at night, complimented by the lights of the pier. The ferris wheel contributes greatly to the holiday feel in the seaside town, thanks to being situated in the middle of seafront, close to the carousel.
Of course rotating at 170 feet for 12 minutes is not the only way to enjoy the stunning views which Brighton has to offer. Those that enjoy a more relaxed and long-lasting vista might appreciate The Setting Sun, a good pub located near Queens Park and Hanover. It’s a badly kept secret that it has one of the best views of the city, and this is thanks in no small part to its name.
It has a pleasant interior, with lightwood flooring and comfortable sofas. It offers a good pub menu and a wide choice of drinks including beer, cider, ale and wine. Having said that The Setting Sun really is all about the cracking views it has to offer. It has a patio area which is ideal for use in the summer time. Spend a summer Sunday evening at The Setting Sun and enjoy the Southern sunset sipping a glass of something.
The Setting Sun is not necessarily the easiest place to get to, depending on your mode of transport, since the streets around it are situated on the very steep hill that is Hanover. You have been warned!
The Setting Sun
1 Windmill Street,
0872 148 6119
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