The Festival Wheel Edinburgh, 14th July – 31st August 2014
The Festival Wheel is now open for the summer
Underbelly is delighted to announce the newest addition to the Edinburgh Festival season: the Festival Wheel. Located in the heart of the city centre at East Princes Street Gardens, the observation wheel will give unrivalled views of Edinburgh during the summer months. The Wheel has returned to the City after a very popular run at Edinburgh’s Christmas which saw over 120,000 people over six weeks taking to the sky.
Families can buy a family ticket (for two adults and two children) and Edinburgh residents will get a further discount of 20% off all tickets, ensuring that the fine folk of Edinburgh can enjoy this truly unique experience. You will be required to show ID with your EH postcode to benefit from the discount (driver’s licence, utility bill etc).
Edinburgh’s Festival and Events Champion Councillor Steve Cardownie said: “The Edinburgh Wheel was a fantastic addition to Christmas celebrations in the Capital, with tens of thousands of residents and visitors enjoying spectacular views over the city, and I am delighted to announce that it’s back for a six week run over the summer Festival season.”
“This summer, music and content from some of the brightest and best Edinburgh Festival acts will be played in each of the wheel booths, allowing revellers to experience the sights and sounds of the festival while promoting some of the acts that will perform in the city.”
“I am especially pleased that a special discount is offered to Edinburgh residents and I encourage families from across the city to visit Princes Street Gardens for a great view of the Capital. The revenue raised from the Edinburgh Wheel will also directly support future improvements to the Gardens, including funding of the Ross Fountain and Theatre, with the aim of maintaining the park as a beautiful place to visit in Edinburgh.”
A wheel first appeared at Edinburgh’s Christmas 14 years ago. In November 2013, Underbelly unveiled a brand new big wheel to the capital which was more modern and of a higher quality. Standing at over 42 metres high, it provides stunning views of Edinburgh Castle, the Old and New Towns and weather permitting, to Fife and the Pentlands, all from the comfort of one of 36 fully enclosed pods. As high as eight buses and decorated with more than 20,000 lights, the Dutch-made Ferris wheel is a fantastic family attraction for local residents and visitors alike.
To celebrate the Festival season, passengers will hear short extracts of shows from the summer festivals, including the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues, The Tattoo, Edinburgh International, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh International Book Festivals, as they ride in their pod (there will be between 108 and 216 different recordings).
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Tickets are on sale.
Pricing: £8 Adult, £6 child (up to 15 years)
£25 Family ticket (two adults, two children)
20% discount off all tickets for Edinburgh residents with an EH postcode. When paying online, discount will be applied to those with an EH billing address.
The wheel will be open 7 days a week 10am – 10pm
You can also book your Edinburgh Fringe tickets for shows at the Underbelly, Assembly, Pleasance and Gilded Balloon at the box office in East Princes Street Gardens and collect tickets for orders over the internet.