Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

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Gunwharf Rd Portsmouth, PO1 3TT, UK +44 23 9285 7520

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    Spinnaker Tower - the views

    by leffe3 Written Nov 13, 2010

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    We could not have asked for a better day. Just caught more or less the last lift at 5.30pm (surprised at the early closure – no sunset viewing except during the winter months). And what views: the Isle of Wight to the south, Southampton on the horizon to the west, Old Portsmouth and distant Selsey to the east. But it’s not just about distant views – looking down on Gunwharf Quays with the city in the middle distance, the Naval Dockyard and ferries from the Isle of Wight and Brittany, with the backdrop of Gosport marina.

    Opening times: 10am-6pm daily (closed 25 December) – last entry 5.30pm
    Admission fees: £7.25/£6.50 (senior)/ £5.75(kids)

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    Spinnaker Tower

    by leffe3 Updated Nov 13, 2010

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    At some 170 metres, Spinnaker Tower is the 5th tallest building in England (taller than the London Eye or Big Ben) with views of the south coast on a clear day of some 20+ miles. It opened in October 2005 and attracted 600,000 visitors in its first year.

    A fast lift (30 seconds) takes you up to the first viewing level of three at around 120 metres, which contains Europe’s largest high-level glass floor (step on it if you dare). Deck 2 shows the history of the harbour and the much smaller Deck 3 – The Crow’s Nest – is open to the elements. (Stairs only from Deck 2 to The Crow’s Nest).

    The views really are spectacular.

    Opening times: 10am-6pm daily (closed 25 December) – last entry 5.30pm
    Admission fees: £7.25/£6.50 (senior)/ £5.75(kids)

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    Spinnaker Tower

    by jo104 Updated Aug 19, 2010

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    The tower is taller then both the london eye and big ben and with 350 degree panaromic views it was a worthwhile investment. The day turned out to be really clear & you can see out to the Isle of Wight, the south coast and the beautiful harbour. On the first deck the novelty is a glass floor where you can feel like you are walking on air. View deck 2 has telescopes and the crows nest is open to the elements.

    The opening times are from 10am - 6pm or 7pm in summer so an opportunity for a dusk visit could be nice. Adults are GBP7.25, child GBP5.75, seniors or students 6.50.
    There is disabled access for floors 1 and 2 only.

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    Spinnaker Tower

    by rexvaughan Updated Nov 16, 2007

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    I am glad we visited the Spinnaker Tower before I learned the story of its being built. I think it is a truly beautiful tower and the views from it are breath taking. On the observation level there are large windows all around and a large section of the floor is glass so you can also look straight down (if you are not too acrophobic) The idea for the tower came in the early to mid 1990's and was planned for completion in 1999 as the Millennium Tower. The project suffered so many delays and cost overruns that the town council considered scrapping the whole thing but were told it would cost more to do that than to finish it. They put about $20 million into it then (it was not supposed to require any of these funds). It finally opened in October of 2005 but the exterior elevator malfunctioned, stranding the project manager and some of the bigwigs of the architectural and construction firms for an hour and a half. Evidently a lot of the locals thought there was some poetic justice in this. Hard to argue with. At any rate, we enjoyed our visit and recommend it to other travelers.

    The main photo is a panoramic so click on it to get the full view.

    Open daily with some seasonal variation in hours and ticket prices.
    Admission: Adult £6.20 £4.20, Child (5-15 yrs) £5.00 £3.50, Child under 5 FREE FREE
    Senior Citizen (60+) £5.60 £4.00, Student £5.60 £4.00
    Family (2 adults + 2 children) £21.00 £14.00

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    Spinnaker Tower

    by Jenniflower Updated Jun 17, 2007

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    You spot it from far off.. this interestingly shaped piece of architecture... as you venture closer you see more detail and realise how VERY tall this tower is!

    It is 170 metres (557 feet) high, and weighs 30,000 tonnes, and when you stand beneath it, you feel like falling over as the clouds pass overhead and the tower seems to be moving.

    It has caused much controversy in its time, opening on 18 October 2005 to an otherwise traditonal and conservative seaside port.

    It is a busy tourist attraction, with visitors eager to see the surrounding land and sea from a good height - much like the London Eye, whcih I have been on before... and where the panorama was magnificent!

    You reach the view decks in 30 seconds, as the lifts move at a speed of 4 metres per second! In a high wind the tower can flex (move) about 150mm.

    They have a cafe and a shop, where you can buy memorabelia and have a cup of coffee and something light to eat.

    If you are a visitor you pay £6.20, locals pay £4.20. Not a bad price at all!

    We are planning on coming here again in a couple weekends time, and will go up the tower... we had too little time and there was only one lift working and there were long queus this past weekend, so we were unable to venture up this time. Thankfully it is only a little over an hour's journey from home, which is easy! :)

    To me, this tower is almost like a modern-day lighthouse, sitting at the Quay, communicating with passing ships.. it is tall and elegant and rather beautiful in design and presence.

    I will write more re what it was like when I have been up it!!! :)

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Arts and Culture
    • Museum Visits

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    Spinnaker Tower Views

    by darkjedi Written Oct 26, 2007

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    At the top of the Spinnaker Tower there are three floors on which to enjoy the spectacular views of the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth, Gosport and Porchester.

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