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 Saturday, April 25, 2009

And finally for Portsmouth, you shouldn't visit without ascending the Spinnaker Tower. This is the 170m-high observation tower on the harbourfront, opened in 2005 and looking suspiciously like a giant kingfisher's ribcage, or a very big toastrack, or something. Whoever picked this spot for a viewing platform is a genius, what with the whole of the harbour laid out beneath, and scores of boats streaming beneath, and the Isle of Wight not far away. I took lots of photos both of the tower and from up top, so just this once I'm going to let the pictures do the talking...

www.flickr.com: my Spinnaker Tower gallery
(16 photos altogether)

Visiting
» You can't miss the Spinnaker, in the corner of Gunwharf Quays, it's visible for miles around.
» Seven quid gets you up the tower, in a speeding lift, to the first of three observation decks.
» Do you dare take your shoes off and walk across the glass floor, 100m up? (I did, and gave thanks that I didn't have sweaty socks)
» The second floor has a small shop selling cuddly Spinnys, and the top floor is smaller but with an open roof.
» I can stand and stare at a good view for ages. I stayed for ages.


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