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PICTURES: Taking a turn on Plymouth's big wheel offers breathtaking views

By This is Devon  |  Posted: April 19, 2011

  • PANORAMA: Clarisse Earle enjoys the sights from the wheel

  • Lord Mayor Cllr Mary Aspinall

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​Plymothians can get a different perspective of the city they live in by taking to the skies in a giant wheel.

The 60 metre attraction arrived in the city over the weekend and, as reporter Clarisse Earle discovered, it is the perfect way to appreciate Plymouth.

Vsitors to the Hoe are being invited to allay any fears of heights and take in sky-high views of the city and beyond.

Plymouth’s answer to the London Eye has arrived at the Hoe; a 60 metre high wheel that boasts unparalleled views as far as the eye can see. On a nice day that is.

Sometimes, after months spent in a haze of grey drizzle, it is easy to forget how beautiful a city Plymouth is. Steeped in history and lying next to stunning coastline, landmarks from Smeaton’s Tower to the war memorial are all reminders of why Plymouth is an ever-increasing hot spot for both British and foreign visitors.

The wheel is the latest offering from Great City Attractions, a company which has brought these impressive observation wheels to cities including Manchester, Dublin and Brisbane.

When going up on the Plymouth wheel however, there is truly no other city where you would rather be. From the men playing bowls on the green below, to the view of Drake’s Island, it is hard not to get a twinge of pride and nostalgia for the city and the many roles it has played throughout history.

For tourists and locals alike, it certainly provides an opportunity over the next six months to take in the sprawling city and ocean below at its best.

Sometimes, real appreciation comes from taking a step back. Or in this case, a step up.

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