Rising 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour Spinnaker Tower welcomes visitors to its observation decks to marvel at the harbour, Gosport waterfront, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth city and beyond. All ages will enjoy this landmark whether it’s the thrill of abseiling down the tower, walking across the glass floor or just simply looking at the incredible 360 degree views. The Grey Traveller visited on a rainy day and I was very much happy with my experiences as the views were to die for.
The staff kindly arm the visitor with lots of facts about the tower from first entering the lift until leaving the building. I have always championed a tall building as it provides the first time visitor to a city with an overview and a clear ‘picture’ of a city’s shape.
Having shown your tickets at ground level you are escorted to a lift which quickly takes you to the first observation deck and from here you can see how the harbour splits into creeks edging along Alverstoke on the western side and Portchester Castle to the north. It’s clear that Haslar Hospital was strategically placed to quickly take in the wounded military and you can see how these local waters play host to the upscale yachts and cruisers…..and of course you get a birds eye view of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
Looking south you can see the harbour mouth and the forts protecting the area. Spitbank can now be visited for some glamorous overnight isolation or some daytime fine dining.
Gunwharf Quays at the foot of the tower spreads along the waterfront with its waterside eateries and reaches round to Camber docks and the fishing fleet and Old Portsmouth …….. You can plan the rest of your city visit from this observation deck! Taking a few more steps skyward there is the sky garden another deck from which to view with the added attraction of some classy deckchairs. Refreshments can be purchased at the The Clouds or the Waterfront Cafe .
Rain or shine this is a British landmark not to be missed when you visit Portsmouth and the photo opportunities are amazing.