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London Eye

At 443ft (135m) tall, and weighing more than 250 double-decker buses, the London Eye is a truly spectacular feature of London's skyline. Offering incredible views of most of London's major attractions, and an opportunity to put the city's geography into perspective, it is a must-see attraction for first-time visitors to England's capital city. Originally designed by architects David Marks and Julia Barfield as an entry for a Millennium Landmark competition, the project took six years and the expertise of hundreds of people from five European countries to turn it into a reality. Often featured in big-budget movies, and regularly touted as one of the best things to see and experience in London, make sure you include a ride on the London Eye in your UK holiday itinerary. Wheelchair-bound visitors will be delighted to know that both the London Eye and all its on-site facilities are fully accessible.

Address: Thames South Bank

Website: www.londoneye.com

Telephone: 0871 781 3000 (bookings); 0800 093 0123 (operational information)

Transport: Westminster, Waterloo or Embankment underground stations. Public bus routes RV1, 211, 77 or 381

Opening times: Open every day of the week. Opening times vary according to season and month - check the website for details.

Admission: There are a variety of ticket options, check the website for details. For a standard ticket, it's £29.50 (adults and children over 5) and free for children under 4. Note that discounts are available if you book online.