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Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

(4.2/5 based on 3,400+ reviews on the web)
A curvaceous, billowing structure modeled after a sail to reflect Portsmouth’s history as a maritime town, Spinnaker Tower looms elegantly over the city’s harbor. Finished in 2005, the tower stands 170 m (560 ft) tall, and can be seen even from beyond the city limits. Take the elevator to one of the tower’s three observation decks and enjoy the view across Portsmouth and its surroundings. Arrange your visit to Spinnaker Tower and discover more family-friendly attractions in Portsmouth using our Portsmouth trip itinerary maker.
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  • Been to Gunwharf Quays many times and visited the historic dockyard and surrounding attractions and it was our first time up the tower. Whilst you would not expect anything less than fantastic views, ...  more »
  • Had a great trip to tower today with friends and grandchild. It helped that weather was kind to us and prices were fair. You could go up again if you wanted during the day.  more »
  • Visited with family. Great views from the first observation deck and a glass floor to add to the excitement. Good value ticket. Free for carers. A lovely clear day made it all the better.  more »
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  • This was our first visit. We booked the guided tour. Our tour guide, Alan was very knowledgeable and seemed passionate about the tower which gave us a great experience. He told us everything there was to know about the tower. First why it was built, he then took us outside and explained how it was built, then back in and explained about the safety features and about the special features of the lift. We then went up and were shown different sights you could see and told about the glass floor. Although our tour guide spent most time with us, all the staff were friendly and more than happy to talk about the tower and answer questions. They also seemed to genuinely want to help and had a love of the tower, rather than just because they were being paid to. I really can not recommended the tour enough as I can well imagine how much you would miss just buying a standard ticket. The tower is wheelchair friendly (apart from the very top outside floor ) but you really need to prebook if in a wheelchair. There are disabled toilets on the viewing floor and disabled toilets opposite the tower at the bottom. Being at Gunwharf Quays and next to Portsmouth Harbour station there is excellent public transport and parking.
  • I abseiled the tower with my mum yesterday to raise money for charity and just can't get over what a fantastic experience and wonderful staff!! My mum doesn't do heights too well and the guys that sorted our kit and the guys at the top doing the ropes were so so kind and together with it, it went so smoothly that before we even knew it we were over the edge and on our way. They put us both at ease and managed to make us feel confident in what we were doing. I can't rate them enough!! And the experience itself... Just WOW. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much!!! Definitely definitely worth a visit!!'
  • Although we enjoyed visiting the Spinnaker, it was a shame that when we asked for some coffees at 5.30pm , we were told that no more hot drinks were being served..despite the fact it was still half an hour to closing, and that a group that arrived just before us were still being served their order of coffee at 5.45pm ! In fact, we all thought what a shame it is that the Spinnaker closes at 6.00pm .. especially at busy times. There were still lots of people in the cafe and it would have been great to sit and watch the sun setting with a coffee up there. Also, despite the cakes and biscuits on offer looking very tasty, we were put off buying any as they are displayed on the counter with no cover...right where people leaned over to pay and where they can be coughed and sneezed on by customers. Just little things, I know. ...but the guide did tell us to go and leave a review of what we thought ☺
  • Car Parking: **** (Busy but found parking) Location: **** (Not that difficult to find if you have a navigation system) Value for Money: *** (Lot to pay for view that isn’t WOW but children do like it) Customer service: **** (Very good) Shop and Food: *** (Expensive) Note: No time limit on how long we stayed up there was good. Not a 360 degree view Over All: ***
  • Fantastic views, we had a personal tour guide the lady who took us was fantastic very knowledgeable and a good laugh. Great value for money. Great views at the top. Don't forget if you get to the top look out for the owl.