I’ve always had a head for heights and when I was recently invited to climb to the top of The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, I couldn’t wait to go. My cousin Jayne came with me and we picked the perfect day, as the sun was shining and we knew it meant the views were going to be good.
If you haven’t heard of The Spinnaker Tower, it is the harbour of Portsmouth and it has become Portsmouth’s most prominent landmark. It is visible beyond 23 miles away and it overlooks the Portsmouth harbour, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, City centre and all of Portsmouth and its neighbouring towns and suburbs.
As soon as we turned the corner and saw it for the first time, we couldn’t believe how tall it was and that we would be going to the top. When you arrive you’re escorted to a lift and the high speed lifts have you at the viewing deck in 30 seconds.
We arrived on the first level, where we were 100ft high and the viewing deck had amazing views across Portsmouth. There were maps, pointing out points of interest that you were looking at.
With it being a really clear day we could see for miles. There were telescopes available if you wanted to look in more detail.
On the viewing deck is a glass floor, which you can walk across and look 100ft down! I couldn’t wait to walk across, my cousin wasn’t too sure about it and so I went first.
I also got carried away and decided to lie on it!!
My cousin did pluck up courage and walked across it. She doesn’t quite have the same head for heights as me, but she did it!
We then walked up to the next level, where there was a cafe and we sat and had a drink with a view.
It was lovely to sit here and look out at all the boats, ships and ferries coming in and out, while we had a good chat and catch up.
Once we had finished our drinks and visited the toilet that was available on this level, we walked up the final staircase to the top. We were greeted by the most wonderful views.
It was a smaller more intimate area at the top and we were really lucky to have it all to ourselves at one point. There is a row of deckchairs for you to sit back and relax in, which is exactly what we did.
There was a kiosk at the back that was closed, but it looked like on a busier day it would be open for you to sit and enjoy an ice cream which would’ve been lovely.
We weren’t in any hurry to leave and sat here for quite a while taking in the views, enjoying the gorgeous sunshine and relaxing.
Your ticket to the Spinnaker Tower lasts all day, which means you can come and go as you please. Which would be great if you came in the morning and it was a bit foggy, but later in the day it cleared and you wanted to go back up to see more of the views.
An advance adult ticket costs £9.90 and a child costs £7.65, with age 3 and under going free. A family ticket is £30.60 and if you purchase on the day they are a little bit more. You can find all the ticket options here.
It was a pretty perfect Wednesday, so lovely to see my cousin and take her to the top of tower! Soon they are going to have The Drop, and I can’t wait to come back and try that!
Disclosure: We were kindly invited to climb The Spinnaker Tower in return for an honest review. All views, opinions and photos are my own.