See York`s Big Wheel and Other Attractions
The skyline of the city of York is graced once again by a big wheel thanks to the construction of a 53m high wheel in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel. The wheel will be welcomed by owners of hotels in York as another major tourist attraction, which should help to draw visitors to the city.
The structure has 42 pods and can carry 1,000 people every hour, giving panoramic views of York and beyond. It should be a guaranteed success as the previous wheel in the city, which was based at the National Railway Museum, accommodated 1.2 million passengers.
Wheels are now popular ‘must-do’ attractions in many cities. The Singapore Flyer is the largest observation wheel in the world at nearly 165m and other well-known wheels include the 160m Star of Nanchang in China and the Southern Star in Melbourne, Australia. There’s also, of course, the London Eye, probably one of the world’s most famous wheels and Las Vegas is planning a big wheel that will stretch 152m high and should be built by the end of 2012.
With permission granted for the wheel to remain until January 2013 there’s plenty of time to draw visitors to York with the promise of a sky ride to remember. Because of the popularity of the previous wheel there’s every reason to be confident that this new wheel will follow in its footsteps.
The historic city of York is already a highly popular and successful destination attracting international tourists and plenty of visitors from the domestic market. It’s a great choice for a long-weekend city break.
York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, is an essential stop on any itinerary. This architectural masterpiece as it stands today took around 250 years to build and was completed between the 1220s and the 1470s.
Visitors can explore the Octagonal Chapter House where the walls display some of the cathedral’s finest carvings. Below ground you can visit the Treasury, Undercroft and Crypt, which holds Viking, Norman and Roman remains. If you’re feeling fit, you can climb 275 steps to the top of the tower.
The National Railway Museum holds the world’s best collection of trains and is a must, not just for train spotters but lovers of history, transport and engineering. Highlights include the famous Mallard, which holds the world record as the fastest ever steam engine, clocking up speeds of 126mph in 1938. The museum is free, making it an ideal day out for the whole family.
Travel back in time to the days of the Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Centre where a time capsule will take you back 1,000 years to the sights, sounds and smells of a Viking town. The centre is situated on the site of an archaeological dig where 40,000 objects were discovered including buildings dating back to the 10th century.
York is already a highly popular and successful destination for visitors with lots to do and a variety of good quality accommodation but the wheel will be a great additional attraction for all the family to enjoy.
This is a guest post written by Saul Malpass an aspiring blogger who enjoys writing and passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm for subjects through blogging. Saul has a degree in Journalism and blogs on behalf of www.lodging-world.com, an accommodation service specialising in York hotels