Bournemouth Observation Wheel

The Bournemouth Big Wheel can be found at Bournemouth’s Pier Approach area and runs from 10am – 10pm daily. As you would expect from a structure standing more than 100 feet tall (30m) the wheel offers stunning, panoramic views of the Pier, beach and the Lower Gardens.

This attractions offers good value for money and, from my experience, you typically get 2 full rotations of the wheel which is plenty of opportunity to take some stunning photos.

They don’t have a website so it’s not possible to book in advance. Buy your ticket on arrival at the ticket booth, you rarely have to queue for long.

More info at

Family (2A + 2C)£22
Prices subject to change. Info updated 06 March 2023.
Bournemouth Pier Approach with the Big Wheel and Land Train.
Bournemouth Observation Wheel
View from the Pavillion terraces
View from Bournemouth Pier looking towards the big wheel
View of Bournemouth Beach taken from the Bournemouth Big Wheel
View of Bournemouth Pier in the summer taken from the Observation Wheel
West Beach packed with visitors on a sunny summers day. You can see the Oceanarium
Looking east along the beach towards Boscombe and then continues to Hengistbury Head. In the foreground is the Tourist Information office at Pier Approach, a very useful source of maps and leaflets and friendly staff. Along the beachfront you will find Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chips restaurant In the far distance you can see the white chalky cliffs of the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
The Pier. At the entrance to the pier is a large amusements arcade. Upstairs is the Aruba Bar & Restaurant They also serve breakfast and coffees and there is seating on a small outdoor balcony that overlooks the pier giving some of the best sea views in Bournemouth – if you are lucky to get a seat.
Bournemouth Lower Gardens
The Lower Gardens taken in December when the gardens are full of Christmas Tree Wonderland

Related Pages: Bournemouth / Bournemouth BeachBournemouth Big Wheel / Bournemouth Oceanarium / Rockreef and PierZip / Russell Cotes Museum / Land Train / Boscombe Beach / Alum Chine Beach / Durley Chine Beach / Bournemouth Air Festival