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The London Eye

Jubilee Gardens | London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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The London Eye (the giant Ferris wheel found in many London panoramas) located on the River Thames is meant to deliver great views  not a thrilling ride. It circles around slowly, offering an unbeatable birds-eye perspective of London's South Bank. However, those with a fear of heights should beware: When you're more than 400 feet high, the 360-degree views can be a bit disconcerting.

While some travelers say the London Eye is an absolute must-do, others found the experience to be overrated. Some recent travelers found the lines too long (upward of a couple hours) and the ticket prices too high. However, many others were amazed by the views, especially Parliament and Buckingham Palace. Visitors were keen to note that this ride is not a fast one, with the average rotation of the wheel at least 30 minutes long. 

Ticket prices range depending on the type of package desired (Day and Night Experience, Guided Tour Experience), but the standard admission for adults starts at 21.20 pounds (around $30). To see a complete list of ticket options, or to book your ticket online, head to the London Eye website. Also, check the website for opening times, which vary by season. You'll find the London Eye (also known as the Millennium Wheel) off the Waterloo Tube stop.

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