The view from the Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire
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...
- £4.95 to go up (*)
- Almost as much in car-parking charges
- A 90-minute wait
(*) 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)
View from the queue - 90 minutes wait from here
View North - the first thing you see leaving the lift
View West - Gosport, Fawley and the New Forest
View South West - Gosport and Isle of Wight
Wightlink Ferry Dance - take your boat & do-si-do
View south east (into the sun!) - Old Portsmouth and Spice Island
View east - there is glass there, honest!
View east - Eastney, Hayling and Bognor
View down - the leg that doesn't contain the lift
And if you've a head for heights, I have 3 more...
View down - there is glass there too, honest!
The hunt for Red October is over as the sub surfaces...
Here's what's jammed the lift -heave
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