A Free Ride on the London Eye


The London Eye is a must-do for any first-time visitor to this European capital. Sure, it seems a little campy, but the view is great, and it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Billed as the world’s highest observation wheel, the London Eye revolves very slowly; and unlike a traditional Ferris wheel, passengers ride in large enclosed capsules. You can move about inside them, and as I said, the view is great.

And the good news is, not only is it very wheelchair-accessible, but there’s no charge for caregivers. In the end, that translates to half-price admission for a couple.

There is ramped access to each London Eye capsule, which can accommodate up to 25 people. The wheel is slowed or stopped to board disabled passengers; and wheelchair-users are fast-tracked to the front of the line whenever possible. A free loaner wheelchair is also available on a first-come basis.

There are a few limitations though. Only two wheelchairs per capsule are allowed, with a maximum of eight on the wheel at any one time. Although these restrictions seem generous, it can get crowded during the summer, over school holidays and on the weekends; so it’s best to plan ahead to avoid disappointment. But that’s easy to do too — just e-mail accessiblebooking@londoneye.com to make your reservation.

And don’t forget to mention the free caregiver deal!