Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth (must see)

Spinnaker Tower is a 560-foot-high observation tower in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. It is the main component in the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. It is tall enough to be seen from the Isle of Wight, Worthing, and Dorset. Two wide white metal arcs create the image of an inflated spinnaker sail.

The Spinnaker Tower has three observation platforms, offering a 37-mile panoramic view of Portsmouth. The highest, Sky Deck, is open to the elements. The first viewing deck has a glass floor (don't look down). The sail-shaped truss structure is supported by conjoined twin towers meeting at a pinnacle at the top.

The Spinnaker Tower is served by an internal elevator. An external lift, although an adventure, proved to be impracticable, if not risky. Over 600,000 people visited the Tower in its first year of operation. In June 2018, the Tower opened a freefall ride to the public. It featured a freefall bungee drop into a crash net.

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Spinnaker Tower on Map

Sight Name: Spinnaker Tower
Sight Location: Portsmouth, England (See walking tours in Portsmouth)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Portsmouth, England

Create Your Own Walk in Portsmouth

Create Your Own Walk in Portsmouth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Portsmouth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Dockyard Tour

Historical Dockyard Tour

The naval theme has always been dominant for Portsmouth. Most of the city's historic events are in one way or another associated with its seaside location. Portsmouth's Historical Dockyard is the area that offers a glimpse into the city's maritime past.

The very first notable landmark here is Victory Gate, the dockyard's main entrance. Inside, visitors will find HMS...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles
Portsmouth Introduction Walking Tour

Portsmouth Introduction Walking Tour

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle claims a warrior named Port and his two sons killed a noble Briton in Portsmouth in 501 AD. Winston Churchill, in his "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples," wrote that Port was a pirate who founded Portsmouth in the same year.

King AEthelwulf sent a force to drive off Viking raiders in Portsmouth in the 9th century. The Danes loved Portsmouth, but they...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Famous English Writers Walking Tour

Famous English Writers Walking Tour

Jane Austen was born in 1775 in Steventon, North Hampshire. In her day, Portsmouth was a rough-edged seaport filled with people she considered "underbred." Nevertheless, she often traveled to Portsmouth to visit her brothers Francis and Charles, stationed there with the Royal Navy. Austen included Royal Naval characters in her novels, Persuasion and Mansfield Park.

Charles Dickens was...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles