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Spinnaker Tower is a must visit.
I've been up to the top twice now, and would go again if it was a little cheaper. The views are amazing - right up there with the London Eye etc, mostly because the harbour scene is so exceptional in the first place.
The outside lift still doesn't work - and I suspect next will, but it doesn't ruin the attraction at all. The main level includes the glass floor, which seems popular. The second level is more of the same, and the birds nest top level is "outside".
The views are worth the asking price at least once
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The Tower is a great landmark for Portsmouth... everyone I spoke with seemed quite proud of their Tower and except for the failing elevator on opening day it is pretty good.
From up high you have an amazing view of the surrounding area and there are plenty of guides at the top to help point out what you are looking at.
The glass floor for being the largest in the area is kind of a joke. Just don't wear your shoes on it because the docents will pounce on you.
If you are exploring the area playing tourist, I would definitely make it a point to stop here and take pictures because any picture you take of the area when you are not in the Tower will probably include the Tower.
So this is what the fuss is about, a hundred and seventy metre high Spinnaker Tower.
There is a clear floor which you can walk on, but without shoes. Not quite the highlight of my trip. On better days the views must be really stunning.
Ok. It's a view, but I don't think it's added that much to Portsmouth. Yes, the shops get more trade but it's not an event centre. It's just so modern.
I bet a lot of people love it.
The millenium project (that was finished in i think 2004-5)
A great view of pompey!
the glass floor is a must but to be honest once you've been theres no real reason to go again.
its a shame they didn't put a restaurant up there!
quite expensive but if your a pompey local take your council tax bill and you can get in cheaper (not at all times think it's during the week)
very expensive to build (believe it was 8 million which im sure they could have used elsewhere!) but can be seen for miles and is a nice attraction.
Its located in gunwharf quay which is great for outlet shopping
The Spinnaker tower is a great place to go for an afternoon, for people of all ages. It has a fabulous view - i'd reccommened going on a clear day though! Kids and adults will both love it. The glass floor gives a unique view straight down through the tower too!
The Tower also has (a slightly pricey) but lovely cafe downstairs. I am assured that the hot chocolate is the bets around!
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170 metre high attraction that was opened in 2005.
When I went to visit the tower there was a very long queue and so I was waiting for a long time. I think the prices are quite a lot but you can quite a bit of money if you can prove you are a resident of Portsmouth. A standard adult price is £7 and if you are a resident it is £4.80.
I went up the tower on a nice day and it had a great view. There is a glass floor to stand on and look down.
The tower looks really nice when it is lit up at night.
Spinnaker Tower was part of a very enjoyable day out in Portsmouth. I would have been disappointed if i had paid full price but i didn't, i used my Tesco clubcard vouchers.
The views are amazing and you can see the Isle of Wight. There are plenty of plaques to show you what you are looking at.
Binoculars are available to hire but are expensive.
What a spectacular place. The views from the top level are magnificent, you can almost see France!
The notations on the windows make it a really good place to show visitors to the city around so they can get a fell of what's where.
Good lift access to all except the highest level, so wheelchair visitors and prams are unable to see the best view.
Having been here a few times, I would happily go again. The views are amazing and a great way of showing people new to Portsmouth what it has to offer. On a clear day you can see much of the Isle of Wight and all of the navy base and Gosport.
I have also been here for a private function in the evening. We had hired it out and had access to the upsatirs viewing platforms as well as the downstairs bar area. We had a DJ and with the seating pushed aside there was some kind of a dancefloor.
Drinks were pricey but the novelty of having a night out in the tower made up for that.
Friendly staff, very fast lift (indoor only!) and very clean.
Now I must admit that I bottled out in going up. I stood at the bottom and became very dizzy! What a coward! But I got some great photo's though. I spoke to a member of staff who said it wasn't unusal for people to leave their friends/family to go up without them. That made me feel good. It takes 28 seconds to go up in the internal lift.
The tower is 170m (557ft). There are 3x decks. 1st is at 100m,2nd is 105m and the third, the Crows nest, is 110m. At the base is the Tower cafe/bar at only 5m! The first deck has a small glass floor that supposed to make one feel as if to walk on air!
There is a packed lunch for coach drivers! Free admission for group organisers & coach drivers. Free refreshments for coach drivers. And pre-bookable audio guides. They advise wheelchair users to pre-book. The only day the tower is closed is XMas.
Prices can be found in the photo's as well as opening times.
My regret is I didn't have the guts to go up. But I really enjoyed the Gunwharf Quays shopping areas. Its certainly a place to take all the family.
The first thing about the Spinnaker Tower is that it looks very impressive on the Portsmouth skyline. It is also located in the historic old Portsmouth, which is worth a visit. To get in to the tower is quite expensive (£7 for an adult, although you can get a discount if you book online). I would also recommend that you don't pay more and get the audio guide - you want to look out the windows, and there are good signs - so you don't really need this. Once you have taken the lift to the top of the tower then the view is amazing - you can get a really good perspective of Portsmouth, Southsea, the solent, Gosport etc. You can also see historic sites such HMS Victory and Porchester Castle. If you are not too scared of heights then there is also a glass floor on the bottom viewing deck. An enjoyable site in Portsmouth.
The views from the Spinnaker Tower are worth a visit. I think once you have done it once there is no need to do it again. but a worth while visit
This took quite a while to build. How it was built is quite interesting - they continuously poured concrete at a very slow rate. Anyway - on a good day the views are very good. If you're a Portsmouth resident you can get in cheaper. Take your shoes off to walk across a glass walkway if you dare. It's a shame the panoramic lift has never functioned. This attraction really doesn't take long to visit. I've been a few times.
As a vertigo sufferer I have to admire the tower from afar as the thought of going up it gives me the heebie geebies! That said I think it's a great landmark and as Portsmouth is so flat it's amazing how many places you can visit around the city and still be able to see it. It's also beautiful lit up at night and this month it's lit up blue for diabetes awareness month!
Wow, this is areal landmark now in Portsmouth. My girlfriend had her birthday party here and it was fantastic. There are two viewing platforms up the tower and a really nice cafe/bar at the base. It is a reasonable £5 something to go upthe tower and on a clear day the views are awesome. The cafe at the base has a very romantic feel and everything we needed for the party was supplied. The food cost a fortune and you couldn;t provide your own which made up most of the price for the function but for a celbration in style, it was a rgeat choice!
Lovely views apparently so everyone tells me but i just can't go up there. If i have to go i wait till they have all been up then look at the photos across the Solent.
a must to do!!!! you have to stand on the glass floor!!!
An excellent place to take children and adults. Not for those who are afraid of heights. There are two floors with stunning views of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. There is a glass floor, a cafe and a gift shop.
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