When visiting Portsmouth today, I was rather dubious about taking a two and three year old to the top of the Spinnaker Tower. It was rather cloudy when we arrived at Gunwharf Quays but by the time we had enjoyed a coffee on the sea front watching the boats, the clouds had cleared and we decided to go to the tower.
When we entered the ground level of the Spinnaker Tower, we were greeted by a very friendly man who we paid and then he gave us clear instructions where to go to get the lift up to the top. We took the buggy with us and stood in the lift for approximately 25 seconds whilst we whizzed up to the first viewing platform at 100m (328 feet). We were welcomed by a member of staff and then left to wander around and see the outstanding views.
The children were mesmerised, they have never been so high before and we stood watching the boats for a long time, other interesting buildings and life at ground level.
They then decided that they wanted to lie down to see through the viewing platforms see through floor and they thought this was great fun.
We let them create their own 1 penny piece to have the Spinnaker Tower imprinted on it which again was very exciting. We then hopped back in the lift and went to the next level at 105m (344 feet) where there is a lovely café serving hot drinks and what looked like delicious cakes and pastries. We didn’t eat there but it looked very popular indeed.
From there we decided to walk up a few steps to the last viewing area at 110m (360 feet) which was open air to see sea level from an even higher perspective. We were lucky as the sun shone and we could see for miles.
When we finally decided to get our feet back on the ground we were kindly informed that you can return as frequently as you like on the day which you pay to enter the Spinnaker Tower. There is a very good souvenir shop too. We had a fantastic time and I would strongly recommend the whole experience.
For more information visit http://www.spinnakertower.co.uk