|The view from the pier|
Last weekend we went for a ride on the Brighton Wheel. Having been to so many of Brighton’s landmarks this was one thing we had yet to experience. Situated right next to the pier, the wheel was erected in 2011 so is a relatively new feature in the town. It was a cloudy day and I wasn’t too sure if that would hinder our experience but I’m pleased to say it didn’t at all! I also wasn’t sure if toddler would enjoy it. He’s nearly two and at his age some things can be a bit hit and miss. I thought he might find it a tad scary but he loved it up there. He loves the sea anyway - he’s actually becoming quite obsessed with visiting the seaside and mentions the word ‘seeeeaaaaaa’ several times a day - so getting an amazing view across the ocean was a big treat for him. Here are some photos of the ride.
|View from the pier|
When entering the capsule a photographer takes your photo so you feel like a VIP! Once inside I was surprised at how much space there is. From a distance, the capsules look quite small but can actually fit six adults in so with three of us there was plenty of room. With commentary and air conditioning, each capsule rotates fully at least three times round the wheel and rises 50 meters above sea level.
|Looking west towards the West Pier and Shoreham Power Station in the distance|
|Toddler loved looking out the window :)|
|View of the pier from the Brighton Wheel|
It was a busy Saturday and from the wheel you could hear the sounds of people and fair rides coming from the pier. The photo above shows the end of the pier and some of the daring rides that people venture on!
Toddler enjoyed looking out to sea and was very excited to see so many pebbles from afar!
|The wide sea ahead|
|View from the capsule looking east towards Brighton Marina|
I had read some reviews prior to our visit with some stating that there wasn't much to see apart from the sea. For me, that was the biggest highlight! At the top, the sea looked amazing and, of course, much bigger than it usually does from shore, a view I could look at for hours. Seeing an aerial view of the pier was pretty spectacular as you get a better perspective of how long and big Brighton Pier actually is! There were some wonderful views of the West Pier and, in the far distance, Shoreham Power Station facing west and the marina and cliffs of the Seven Sisters facing east. It was also nice spotting other landmarks such as the Royal Pavilion and the South Downs in the distance.
A speed boat decided to do a loop around the pier, something that toddler was fascinated by.
|Speed boat by the pier|
|Inland view of the Royal Pavilion|
|Brighton Wheel postcard souvenirs pack|
We all had a lovely time and I’d love to go on again, possibly at sunset :)
*Many thanks to the Brighton Wheel for providing this experience in return for a review. All words and opinions are entirely my own.*
Have you been on the Brighton Wheel? What was your experience? What are the landmarks in your town?