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The Spinnaker Tower Portsmouth - 170 metres tall

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The view from the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Spinnaker (Millennium) Tower Portsmouth - often mis-spelled Spinakker or Millenium

The Spinnaker Tower January 2006

This page used to be on the Hampshire Guitar Orchestra website

Here are a dozen hi-resolution photos from the top of the Spinnaker Tower.

I never intended the Spinnaker Tower to form such a significant part of a website about Guitar Orchestras, but back in 2000 when the rest of the world celebrated the new millennium we were understandably a little peeved that the Portsmouth Millennium Tower wasn't even so much as a stump.

So we put up a Spinnaker Tower page that attracted Google visitors like bees to a honey pot (or in the case of the tower, like 50p's to a money pit).

As time drifted by (and visitors to Portsmouth also drifted by) it looked as if the tower might not even be ready for the next millennium!

But finally, over 2000 days late for the year 2000, the Spinnaker Tower opened.

And it's rather good! So it seems only right to redress the balance a little. From the comfort of your own armchair, come to the top of the Spinnaker Tower with me, and save yourself...

(*) That was the price when the tower opened. In its first 3 months it received many more visitors than expected. So they put the price up. It's no longer such good value for money - enjoy my photos instead!

Oh, and yes, on the day I went, the Maspero Glass Lift was still broken...

The Spinnaker Tower October 2005 (the warmest October 27th since records began)

Spinnaker Tower - the view from the queue

View from the queue - 90 minutes wait from here

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Spinnaker Tower view north - HMS Warrior, the Victory, Portsdown Hill

View North - the first thing you see leaving the lift

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SpinnakerTower view west - Gosport, Fawley and the New Forest

View West - Gosport, Fawley and the New Forest

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Spinnaker Tower - view south west - Gosport, the Isle of Wight

View South West - Gosport and Isle of Wight

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Dancing Isle of Wight ferries in Pompey harbour

Wightlink Ferry Dance - take your boat & do-si-do

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Spinnaker Tower view south east - Spice Island, Old Portsmouth

View south east (into the sun!) - Old Portsmouth and Spice Island

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Spinnaker Tower view east - Southsea, Eastney and Hayling Island

View east - there is glass there, honest!

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Dancing Isle of Wight ferries in Pompey harbour

View east - Eastney, Hayling and Bognor

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Spinnaker Tower - view down the 570 steps

View down - the leg that doesn't contain the lift

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And if you've a head for heights, I have 3 more...

Spinnaker Tower - 100 metres up

View down - there is glass there too, honest!

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Dancing Isle of Wight ferries in Pompey harbour

The hunt for Red October is over as the sub surfaces...

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Workmen needed - must have a head for heights!

Here's what's jammed the lift -heave
Aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh!!!!!!!

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