Spinnaker Tower – tickets, prices, discounts, timings, what to expect

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Portsmouth, off the south coast of England, has been an important maritime and trade junction for centuries.

The city has long been associated with naval and seafaring adventures in the popular imagination.

Amidst this city steeped in the lore of ancient expeditions, a modern marvel unfolds, offering a sweeping vista of the skies, the vast ocean, and the enchanting realm in between.

An awe-inspiring architectural gem characterized by its sail-shaped design, beckons guests to embark on a voyage that transcends the city’s storied waterfront.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets.

Ticket
# Portsmouth Ticket
# Portsmouth Abseiling Experience

Where to book tickets

Tickets can be bought online or at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the attraction’s ticket counters.

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early also helps avoid last-minute disappointments.

How do online tickets work

Visit the booking page to specify your travel date, time slot, and the number of tickets and book.

Once you complete the booking process, the tickets will be mailed to you.

You do not need to carry printouts.

Show the e-ticket to the staff on your smartphone. Carry a valid ID.

Spinnaker Tower ticket cost

For the Portsmouth: Ticket, visitors of all ages between 16 and 64 are charged £17.

Children aged between four and 15 can gain access at £13.

Seniors above 64 years of age, or anyone with a student ID can gain access at £16.

For Portsmouth: Abseiling Experience, the ticket price for all ages is £110.

Spinnaker Tower tickets

Here are two options for you to choose from when booking tickets:

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower ticket

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower
Image: expressfm.com

With this ticket, you get access to the viewing platforms of the Tower.

You can walk the glass-floored skywalk at 100 meters (328 feet), the sky garden at 110 meters (360 feet), and come back as many times as you like in a day.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (16 to 64 years): £17
Child Ticket (4 to 15 years): £14
Senior Ticket (64+ years): £16
Student Ticket (with valid ID): £16
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower Abseiling Experience ticket

Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower Abseiling Experience
Image: islandecho.co.uk

With this tour ticket, you will get access to the viewing platforms of the Tower, as well as a fully trained team that will facilitate an adventure sporting experience for you.

The abseiling (rappelling) experience will entail all safety equipment and instructions being provided to you by an expert team.

Ticket Price: £110


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Spinnaker Tower restaurants: The Clouds Cafe

Savor a delectable treat while admiring the inspiring views of the ocean from The Clouds Cafe eatery, perched 105 meters (345 feet) above the ground.

The Clouds Cafe is a restaurant famous for its high tea experience.

High tea is a traditional British meal consisting of scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of small sandwiches, and a range of sweet pastries and cakes.

Usually, it is served in the early evening or late afternoon.

Dietary requirements and allergies must be confirmed at time of booking, as no alterations can be made on the day.

The restaurant is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

Opening hours of Spinnaker Tower

Stays open to all visitors Monday to Thursday from 10.30 am to 6 pm.

The opening hours change to 10 am to 6 pm from Friday to Sunday.

The Spinnaker Kitchen and Bar is open from 9 am to 6 pm.

How long does the Spinnaker Tower take

The tour usually lasts for an hour.

For those interested in taking part in the abseiling adventure, it is advisable to allocate an additional hour for your excursion, making a total of 2 hours for your visit.

Best time to visit Spinnaker Tower

To make the most of your visit, plan to arrive before sunset.

This way, you can witness the exquisite harbor bathed in sunlight, experience the enchanting sea sunset, and then watch as the city lights slowly begin to twinkle.

However, the sunset hours draw in a large number of visitors. If you prefer a more tranquil experience, allowing you to leisurely stroll around, the optimal time to visit is 10 am.


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FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions:

Is Spinnaker Tower disability friendly?

Tower is wheelchair accessible. The viewing deck at 100 meters (328 feet) and the Clouds Cafe at 105 meters (345 feet) can be accessed by the elevator.
 
However, its highest viewing deck, the Skydeck, can only be accessed by stairs.

What does the Spinnaker Tower general admission ticket include, and where can I book it?

General admission tickets include the Sail of the Solent introductory film and access to the main viewing platform, where you’ll also find the glass floor.
 
We recommend booking tickets online to avoid last-minute disappointments as tickets tend to sell out fast.

Is the high tea and abseiling experience included with the entry ticket to Spinnaker Tower?

No, the high tea and abseiling experiences must be pre-booked separately.

What happens if the weather is bad at the Spinnaker Tower?

If the weather impacts the view to the extent that you cannot see the 3 Solent Forts just beyond the Harbour from the viewing deck, you will be offered a free return visit for another day.

Are alternatives for allergens provided in brunch and high tea at the Spinnaker Tower?

Yes, but any allergies must be mentioned while pre-booking.

What to expect at Spinnaker Tower

Admire the sheer ambition of the Tower’s architecture, which pays homage to its coastal setting.

The three white concrete and steel structures are artfully shaped to imitate the billowing of a yacht’s sails caught in the wind.

Created by HGP Architects, the Tower stands as a symbol of cutting-edge style and superior engineering and rises to a vertigo-inducing height of 170 meters (560 feet).

Each sail contains viewing decks that provide unparalleled panoramic views of Portsmouth, the Solent, and the Isle of Wight.

Let the sails dazzle you as they light up at night, creating a striking spectacle that illuminates the waterfront.

Take a high-speed elevator to the tower’s main viewing deck, known as the View Deck, located 100 meters (328 feet) above sea level, and be greeted by transcendent 360-degree views of the city, the harbour, the sea, and beyond.

Put your courage to the test by indulging in the Sky Walk experience, a glass floor that allows you to stand 100 meters above the harbour, providing a head-spinning perspective of the world below.

Interactive touchscreens on the viewing deck provide information about Portsmouth’s history, landmarks, and naval heritage.

Put your safety gear on and let the experts guide you to a thrilling abseiling (rappelling) experience where you plummet from a zipline from a height of 100 meters (328 feet)

Enjoy refreshments at the Spinnaker kitchen and bar and relax while taking in the stunning scenery.

Enjoy a typical afternoon tea with tea or coffee, sandwiches, fruit scones, and other delights at the Clouds cafe, 105 meters (344 feet) above the ground.

As you eat, look out at the water and take in the lovely views of Portsmouth from the windows.

How to reach Spinnaker Tower

The Tower is part of Gunwharf Quays, a popular waterfront location and shopping and leisure complex in Portsmouth.


Address: Portsmouth PO1 3TT, United Kingdom. Get Directions.

Tower is well-connected by public transportation.

By Bus

The Hard Interchange Portsmouth bus station is just a 6-minute walk away.

By Train

The Portsmouth Harbour Train Station is a 7-minute walk from the Tower and is connected to all major UK cities.

By Ferry

The Wightlink ferry terminal is just a 10-minute walk away.

The Gosport Terminal is a 12-minute walk from the attraction.

By Car

Put your starting point here to navigate.

There are ample parking spots near by.

Sources
# Tripadvisor.com
# Spinnakertower.co.uk
# Wikipedia.org

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