The Spinnaker Tower is one of the tallest structures in the UK and can be seen from across Portsmouth and even from as far away as the Isle of Wight. It is at the centre of the redeveloped Portsmouth Harbour opened in 2005, and is 170 meters high. Built to look like a giant ship's mast complete with sail, it reflects the nautical character of the harbour area. The observation floors at the top of the tower are on three storeys, with the top one being open to the sky. From the top you will have superb views of the ships, boats and ferries skittering across the harbour, and be able to see the New Forest and the South Downs on a clear day. The first observation floor, View Deck 1, has a glass floor, said to be the largest of its kind in Europe, which you can walk across for an unobstructed view 100 meters down to the ground below.
Where is it?
The tower is in Portsmouth Harbour at Gunwharf Quays, to the south of the Dockyard and next to Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station.
Eating at Spinnaker Tower
There are two cafés at the Spinnaker Tower: The Waterfront Café and Café in the Clouds. The Waterfront Café is on the ground floor and has great views over the harbour. Café in the Clouds is near the top, on View Deck 2. Apart from these, there is a good selection of restaurants, cafés and bars around the tower at Gunwharf Quays including Brasserie Blanc, Burger King, Carluccio's, Frankie & Bennie's, Nando's, Pizza Express and Subway, to name a few.
Can I park near it?
You can park at Gunwharf Quays underground car park. To get there, follow signs to the Historic Waterfront and then to Spinnaker Tower. Alternatively you could use Portsmouth's Park-and-Ride scheme and get a bus which will drop you next to the tower.
There are direct connections from Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station to London and other parts of the country.
See the Spinnaker Tower website.