York seen from the old Observation Wheel

Observation Wheel


In the grounds of the "Station Hotel" 2011-2013

Between December 2011 and September 2013 this 53-metre high observation wheel provided visitors, and residents alike, with some great views of the city. Unfortunately the attraction only had a temporary licence to operate. A ride on the wheel cost £8.50 for adults and £5 for children. Take a look at the photographs and HD videos on this page to see the City from this unique vantage point.

Observation wheel St. Sampsons Square, York, May 2023

May 2023 Update

A new, smaller, ferris wheel opened in St. Sampson's Square (outside the Roman Bath and Three Cranes pubs). That wheel has now closed, but if another one opens you will hear about it here.

Planning a visit? Don't forget to check Information for Visitors to York which has a fabulous 4K video showcase of the city, the latest weather information, events listings, and more.

York Minster & The Guildhall

This 1-minute video shows some spectacular views of York Minster as the wheel takes you almost as high as the great cathedral. Also good views of The Guildhall, Lendal Bridge and Lendal Tower.

York Minster

York Minster

With the River Ouse in the foreground and the distant hills in the backround, York Minster rises majestically above a surprisingly green York city centre.

York Railway Station & Station Hotel

We are looking the other way on this video, with great views of York railway station, the National Railway Museum, the River Ouse and the Station Hotel (now known by the name Principal).

York Railway Station

York Railway Station

York's magnificent Victorian railway station looks a lot plainer from above. A section of the City Walls can be seen behind it.

City Overview from the Top

A dizzying overview of the City from the very top of the wheel. Features the Grand Hotel (ex Railway HQ) and Malmaison (ex Norwich Union offices).

Planning a visit to York?

Visit our sister site Information for Visitors to York for a fabulous 4K video showcase of the city, a 5-day weather forecast plus current weather info, and up-to-date events listings.

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