Monday, 7 April 2014
Spinnaker Tower Review
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Lastly, a short walk up a few more stairs and the skydeck is at an altitude of 110m and is open to the elements.
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.