Getting High At The Spinnaker Tower *

Finding new perspectives in life is one of my favourite things to do. Whether it’s a different perspective on beliefs, politics, or just quite literally a new visual perspective, and Spinnaker Tower has one of the best locally.

Sunset over Portsmouth harbour taken from the Spinnaker Tower.

The Spinnaker Tower opened in 2005 and was built as part of the Portsmouth Harbour Project. Since then it has become one of Portsmouth’s most notable landmarks and has attracted over 2.5 million visitors since opening. Its unique architecture and prime location mean that the views from the top are marvellous, overlooking not only the coast or the people of Portsmouth but the sea-forts, Portsmouth’s historic dockyard, the city centre and Gunwharf Quay. But the thing is, that whilst The Spinnaker Tower has been open since 2005…
I hadn’t actually been up it until this year.
Pretty dang terrible considering I live locally, eh?
So one afternoon I decided to rectify this and took S to the top with me.

Photo of S, taken inside the Spinnaker Tower.

Just in time for sunset…

Sunset taken from inside the Spinnaker Tower, overlooking Portsmouth Sunset over Portsmouth city.

Unfortunately the clouds had other plans, and as we stood on the Sky Deck 100m above sea level with the clouds hiding our sunset view and wind blowing profusely, it was easy to get a sense of the sheer amount of work and skills which were involved with building The Spinnaker Tower. Especially when you consider that the space the Spinnaker occupies used to be the sea, and it’s thanks to 84 piles of reinforced concrete constructed into the sea bed, (and a touch more concrete for the above water level base!) that we get to enjoy those views!

Admiring the sunset.

There’s an array of things to do on a visit to The Spinnaker Tower including; High Tea, Abseiling, Sky-dining and walking along the glass floor…

Spinnaker Tower glass floor. Spinnaker Tower glass floor.

And if you feel like you need a drink after, they’ve got you covered there to! Either with the bar and skydining events, or if you want to go straight to the good stuff then perhaps check out the brand new “Champagne Sunday’ events which The Spinnaker host on View Deck 1 with their pop up bar, bubbles and beautiful live music.

Champagne Sundays at the Spinnaker Tower Hambledon's at Spinnaker Tower Photo of musician playing at the Spinnaker Tower for Champagne Sundays

I was recently invited to the “Champagne Sundays” press day and I have to admit, champagne really isn’t my thing. I’m yet to find a champagne that my palette doesn’t consider immensely bitter (damn that sweet tooth!) but I’m determined to find one that I like so I can look all fancy and whatnot with long-stemmed glasses, but I digress… SO.
For those who are so bubbly inclined you’ll be pleased to know that you will soon be able to savour the flavour with gorgeous views and live music on one of the Spinnaker Tower’s upcoming Champagne Sundays, which will be running regularly from June to September for the bargain price of £16 with a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. If you’d like to find out more about them, or the other things you can experience at the Spinnaker Tower, you can do so by clicking here.

But me? Well, I went for the views not the booze!

Telescope inside the Spinnaker Tower

Buuuuut… it would appear that bad luck quite literally follows me around like a grey cloud because moments after S and I arrived, this happened.

Rain drops against the window, taken from the inside of the Spinnaker Tower

Typical, eh!
So whilst my perfect Portsmouth sunset will have to wait for another time, I know that the Spinnaker is one of the places to go to capture it!

* (I visited The Spinnaker Tower on a complimentary basis for the press event (but paid for myself and S on our first visit!) but as always all thoughts, opinions and obsessions with views from above, are completely my own)

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Have you ever visited The Spinnaker Tower?
Let me know in the comments!
  • God I’ve finally worked out how to comment on this I’m so proud of myself haha. I’ve only been up there once I think and it was obviously raining. I think there’s just a permanent rain cloud covering Portsmouth to be honest Amy!

    • Haha – guest commenting has been on for ages babe but congrats and welcome to my comment section! ? I don’t think you’re wrong about Portsmouth to be honest – it’s very… grey at the moment! We’ll have to do a trip when summer’s here so that we can actually see watch the sun set (with a bevy in hand obvs) xx

  • Samantha O’Brian Summers

    I got very excited thinking that this was Portsmouth, VA. Figured I could visit with my sister and take in the sights. Going to have to save up a wee bit more to make this trip. Beautiful.

    • Ahh, I always forget that different places in the world share the same name but I can see the confusion! If you ever do make it down to the Portsmouth this side of the pond let me know if you need any recommendations!

  • Katja Knox

    Look at those views! I suffer from serious fear of heights but I may battle my demons just to get a glimpse of them though. Not sure about the glass floors though 😀
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

    • I can totally relate. I used to be terrified of heights but pushed myself out of my comfort zone when I realised how epic the views are from up high! x

  • Sara

    This looks amazing… I’m so in awe, as I’m sure you were too!

  • I love the photography – don’t worry about the rain, It kinda looks charming! 🙂

  • Tadeja Umek

    woow, you really captured the vibe really nice! Looks amazing.

  • those views!! it looks amazing, the rain makes the photos!
    looks like you enjoyed 🙂

  • It’s not so bad – one of the employees at The Spinnaker told me that because the glass is so reinforced it’s actually the safest space to stand up there!