Renamed the Emirates Spinnaker Tower following a sponsorship deal in 2015, the tower’s shape was chosen by contest where each local Portsmouth resident could vote on the design. This was considered necessary, considering the tower’s size, for it is visible over 23 miles away (37 kilometres). You can even see it whilst on the Isle of Wight, an island 14 miles away from England’s coastline.
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
The Spinnaker Tower, opened in October 2005, serves as an observation tower, and stands over 170 metres (560 feet) tall. That’s nearly twice the size of the Statue of Liberty! It is located in Portsmouth, England, and was designed to reflect Portsmouth’s maritime history. In fact, its very name ‘Spinnaker’ is a type of sail which balloons outward.
The tower has proven quite the tourist attraction since its opening, garnering over 4 million visitors. As of 2015, the lift had been used about 400 thousand times. Not bad, but for over 3000 people, they’d rather abseil down. That’s right, ever since 2011, you can abseil down the tower. I don’t know about you, but with high winds, and the tower able to flex 150mm (6 inches), I think I’d rather enjoy cake indoors. Luckily they serve it, with over 500 thousand slices sold! Feeling brave? They even have a glass floor, one of the largest in Europe, which will make your head spin.
So what are you waiting for? Sights, abseiling, cake, and a whole wide range of other activities. Spinnaker Tower is a must visit on a tour of Portsmouth.