London Eye and Legoland among attractions closing because of Storm Eunice

The Met Office is warning of ‘flying debris resulting in danger to life’ and ‘damage to buildings and homes’ on Friday.

17 February 2022

A number of attractions are temporarily closing across the UK on Friday because of Storm Eunice.

A red weather warning – the highest alert, meaning a high impact is very likely – has been issued by the Met Office due to the combination of high tides, strong winds and storm surge, which is understood to be a rare event for the UK.

The London Eye, Legoland and a number of parks and attractions will close on Friday amid warnings of “flying debris resulting in danger to life” and “damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down”.

St Pauls Cathedral – London
The London Eye will not be open to visitors on Friday (John Walton/PA)

The sites were likely to have been busier given that it is half-term for many schools across the country.

A statement on the London landmark’s Twitter account said: “Due to severe weather disruption, the London Eye and River Cruise has taken the difficult decision to close tomorrow (Fri Feb 18).

“The safety of our guests is our number one priority and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please follow us here for updates.”

Windsor-based theme park Legoland, said: “Due to the weather warning issued by the Met Office we’ve made the difficult decision to close the resort tomorrow (February 18).

“If you’re due to visit we’ll be in touch to discuss rebooking. We apologise for the disappointment and look forward to welcoming you back soon!”

Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, and Wakehurst, West Sussex, will also be closing their doors, it was announced on social media.

In an email to customers, the centres said: “Due to severe weather, Kew Gardens and Wakehurst will be closed tomorrow, Friday February 18 2022.

“This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly. We always put the safety of our staff and visitors first, and that is why we’ve decided to close the gardens. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

“The situation will be closely monitored and the gardens will reopen to visitors as soon as it is safe to do so. Please check our website for the latest updates.”

Windsor Great Park, Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks in London and National Trust sites including Polesden Lacey, near Dorking in Surrey, will also be closed.

The Royal Parks said on Twitter: “This decision is based on the strong winds, the age and vulnerability of trees in particular parks.”

Hampshire County Council has confirmed the closure of all the council-run country parks, while Marwell Zoo near Winchester and Monkey World in Dorset will be shut.

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