Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The London Eye

Welcome back to Access London, thank you once again for your continued support for disability access and awareness in the Capital.

Today's post features one of London's most striking pieces of architecture - The London Eye. The London Eye is currently the world's largest observation wheel, standing at 135m high and rotating 32 capsules. It is located on the bank of the River Thames, just outside County Hall and opposite The Houses of Parliament.

The London Eye offers spectacular views over London, some of its most famous attractions and off into the surrounding counties. The London Eye offers many special deals such as the Pimm's Experience or the Champagne Experience. You can hire one of the capsules for special events or partys too!

The London Eye opperates between 10am and 9pm daily. You can queue and buy tickets on the day but for the best price and chance of getting on at the time you want, I advise you to pre-book on the official website. You can also book a combined ticket for the London Eye and London Eye River Cruise - the cruise will be featured in its own post coming soon.

If you pre-book ticekts, they need to be collected from inside County Hall, just opposite the Eye itself. The Hall has disabled access via a ramped walkway. You can also see the new 4D Experience inside County Hall which is included in your ticket price and worth seeing.

The Eye itself is completely accessible to those using a wheelchair or mobility sccoter. There are ramped walkways that take you up to the Eye itself. Once there the staff use a portable ramp so that wheelchairs/mobility scooters can get into the capsule. The Eye is actually stopped to allow safe access for disabled visitors. The capsules themselves are glass therefore whatever height you are sitting at, you will have unobstructed views across the river and city. Guide dogs are allowed onto the Eye.

There is a concession price of £15 for disabled adults and 1 carer/companion can go on for free for every disabled visitor. There are further concessions for disabled children and seniors. The regular price for adults is £18 and £9 for children.

There is a dedicated Access Line at the London Eye: 0871 222 0188 which is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

To book tickets online visit The London Eye Website

This is one London attraction not to be missed and is a great experience for the whole family to enjoy!

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