January 2008

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) and PWR events are delighted to announce a new addition to the landscape of Greenwich for summer 2008 – an Observation Wheel that stands taller than Nelson’s Column!

At 55 metres from the ground visitors will take in panoramic views beyond St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London to the west, across the river and past Canary Wharf to the heights of Hampstead Heath, and east to the Olympic site in the Lea Valley. In the foreground, the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site will be laid out in a rare perspective.

The Wheel will be situated within the ORNC in front of the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre and will be open to the public from 21 June to 28 September 2008. The Wheel is a new attraction for Greenwich helping to boost the profile of the World Heritage Site and enhance the visitor experience at a time when the Cutty Sark remains closed for restoration, and Greenwich pier is under reconstruction. In addition to welcoming thousands of tourists, one thousand free rides will be offered to local schools.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College said;
"The Greenwich Foundation is pleased to announce this new and exciting attraction for 2008. The views from the Observation Wheel will provide visitors with the opportunity to appreciate Greenwich’s unique historic landscape from a new perspective."

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