It offers a bird’s eye view of Leeds city centre and beyond from a dizzying height of almost 60 metres.
The Observation Wheel Leeds, or OWL for short, will open for business from 10am on Saturday, February 16
The gigantic wheel, which is taller than Nelson’s Column, is the first of its kind to visit Leeds and will offer 12-minute rides complete with audio commentary.
It can be found in the car park between George Street and Union Street – close to Kirkgate Market and just 100m from Briggate.
The impressive structure, which previously attended both the Olympics and Royal wedding celebrations, has 40 fully-enclosed and illuminated gondolas which can each carry up to six passengers.
Passengers will be able to enjoy stunning views over the roof tops and around the city of Leeds, anticipated to extend up to 10 miles.
Leeds City Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield, said: “We are delighted to welcome this observation wheel to Leeds. It will offer a real bird’s eye view of the city centre and for miles around. Together with the Ice Cube on Millennium Square, it is a great addition to the new tourism campaign aimed at boosting visitors and investment in the city.”
Edward Mellors is director of the Mellors Group, the company which brought the wheel to Leeds.
He said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds City Council to bring the giant observation wheel to the city, and look forward to welcoming the public to this attraction.
“It has taken a number of years to find a suitable site within the city that can accommodate this size of structure, and we are delighted that we have now found one.”
The Observation Wheel Leeds will operate from 10am to 1pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sundays. Rides costs £6 for adults and £5 for concessions.
To book online with a 10 per cent discount, visit: www.observationwheelleeds.co.uk