The ride itself I thought was very much worth it as it gave a great view of Belfast and the surrounding area. It was especially worth it in November 2008 because that was when I proposed to Norn Girl at the top of the Wheel and she said yes! That was a wheely good night!
We also went on the wheel several times inbetween, usually when family wanted to go on, it seemed like we went on every 6 months or so, maybe it was some form of 'rotational system'. Sadly it had to close because it got a few groups 'in a spin' which is understandable, hopefully it could still reappear maybe in a new location in the future.
Alan in Belfast gives a great video of the Belfast Wheel in his post about the wheel closing if you'd like to experience a full spin still. Do hang around a few minutes though and let me take you through a few of the favourites of the photos I managed to take over the time the wheel graced the grounds of Belfast City Hall...
Here is the wheel being constructed in November 2007 - almost there but looking more like a Trivial pursuit counter than a tourist attraction:
Things soon got going and in 2008 it was looking like its well known self:
After our engagement (and no doubt many others and other celebrations- and why not!) 2009 'rolled around' and the wheel started to become part of the skyline, which in part led to its deconstruction.
Here is the Belfast Wheel on Sunday 11th April, its last day of operation:
The last rides came to an end and the wheel spent a few days still standing:
As quickly as it had started spinning it came down... here is the Wheel being dismantled and packed away: