Spinnaker Tower Review

Monday, 7 April 2014

Spinnaker Tower Review

spinnaker tower entrance

On Saturday we headed to Portsmouth to go up the Spinnaker Tower and look at the lovely views. I knew that you were able to abseil down the tower, but didn't realise that it was open for everybody to go up. Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best, so neither were the views, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

Spinnaker tower

You take the lift to view deck 1 which is an altitude of 100m. Here you can look at the views and there are i-view screens which you can use to locate points of interest. I located the HMS Warrior but on Saturday I had to take i-view's word for it that the New Forest was in the distance. You can also listen to the free audio guides availiable. You can programme this to hear the adult or children's commentary. Big man may have not understood it all though as he was trying to tell me that the Romans built the tower.

view deck 1 spinnaker tower

Also located on the 1st view deck is the glass floor. You can walk over this if you take your shoes off. The boys really enjoyed this. Middle man was a little apprehensive at first!

glass floor spinnaker tower

To keep the children interested there was an Easter Egg Hunt. You had to locate pieces of egg with a letter on to spell a word. There were a few red herrings along the way. Once completed you placed the form in the box in the gift shop to be put into a prize draw to win a seasonal gift. I did think it was a little disappointing that the children didn't get a small sweet for completing the hunt.

egg hunt spinnaker tower

You can then walk up a few stairs to a cafe which is a nice place to enjoy a coffee, but due to where it is situated you could only have a roll if you wanted to have lunch there.

cafe spinnaker tower

Lastly, a short walk up a few more stairs and the skydeck is at an altitude of 110m and is open to the elements.

view deck 2 spinnaker tower

At £8.95 an adult and £6.95 for a child (3-15) it can add up to take a family up the tower, however, we felt it provided a nice focus to our day out. You are also able to get joint tickets for the tower and visits to the historic dockyard. There is also a view guarentee if you are unable to see the 3 solent forts. Personally I would really recommend on going when the weather and therefore view is good. We ended our day with lunch at Gunwharf Quays and watching the Hovercrafts at Southsea.


We received entrance to the tower to provide this review but the opinions contained here are my own.


18 comments:

ashleigh allan said...

looks a good day out!

Tracy K Nixon said...

Woo I am scared on heights!

TracyJo said...

I've not heard of this before, it looks great and you can see what the views would be like on a clear sunny day, still good views though x

williamgould said...

Wife is so scared of heights, no chance of going up there!

haxell said...

Sounds like a great day out. Very elegant tower.

Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

jayne hall said...

great day out

lynn heath said...

I've been to Portsmouth a few times, but didn't realise you could go up!!! Well you learn something new everyday!!!!

Jackie Chapman said...

looks like a great day was had by all

Lin Young said...

great day - Charles ?Dickens house interesting

George said...

I've seen the Spinnaker Tower from the Isle of Wight ferry but never been up it, it looks fab!

Kirsty Fox said...

You have very brave boys, my eldest is scared of heights and there is no way I could have got him up there, but then again I'm not sure I could have done either!

Phyllis Ellett said...

Love the look of this, just love the glass floor, I would like this as I love heights.

Robert Price said...

Interesting review

Katarzyna Szewczyk said...

I dont think I would go there, but it looks amazing!

Kim Styles said...

children might like it but nothing would tempt me to walk over the glass floor I think I might be sick or pass out

Hayley Todd said...

This looks like a great place to go with kids!

Rachel Davies said...

I love things like this - will have to give it a go

Natalie Crossan said...

Looks like a great experience but I'm afraid of heights!