Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Spinnaker Tower is a 170-metre landmark observation tower in Portsmouth, England. It is the centrepiece of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour, which was supported by a National Lottery grant. We offer a wide variety of experiences, from specialist high tea to access to your viewing platform. Come and experience the best view in town.
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  • Matt_Probert
    Southampton, United Kingdom176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views
    Wonderful views of Portsmouth, the surrounding area and harbour. Lovely cafe for having afternoon tea while admiring the view, but that's it. So unless you're into views, its not that exciting, and the top two floors are accessed by stairs only.
    Thank you for the five-star review. We really appreciate you letting us know how nice your visit was. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 2 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Kathleen A
    55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience, highly recommended
    Easy booking on line previous to visit. We checked in and was met at the elevator by a very nice young man who gave us some facts and figures about the Spinnaker. In seconds we were entering the viewing platform. It was great not too busy, but WOW the views were fantastic in all directions. There were information boards pointing out what you were looking at. We could see Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The whole experience was great. The only disappointment was the restaurant was closed for refurbishment but it didn’t really spoil our experience as we had scones with jam & cream at the Spinnaker cafe back on ground floor.
    That is great to hear, and thank you for your feedback we really appreciate it! I hope you can come back and visit us again. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 13 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Mark W
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grandson(s) day out (on Fathers Day) -A proper treat...
    Fantastic views across Portsmouth and no pressure to rush back down. Only criticism, on the main viewing deck it was uncomrfortably hot (even with an air con unit rumming). We would have stayed longer if it handn't been so hot.
    Thank you for visiting and leaving us such a nice review! We are really pleased you enjoyed the tour. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 20 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • PennyPurples
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom1,423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent views and not rushed. We were able to get a ticket at very short notice even on a Saturday late morning.
    5-Jun-22: Visited on a whim on a Saturday lunchtime as we wanted to see our friend's cruise ship from a vantage point and this seemed like the best way. Despite the last minute decision, we were able to book tickets online for half an hour away, which suited us just fine. The check in process was easy, and the chap in the lift was engaging and provided a few interesting bits of info on the way up (including about our friend's cruise ship!). The views are obviously fantastic, and the glass part of the floor is fun to test your nerves. It was Jubilee when we visited and they had a cardboard cutout of the Queen, which was fun for photos. Thoroughly enjoyed watching all the boats and there was no rush. Definitely recommend.
    Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 5 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • samnixon07
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Stunning views. A gorgeous view of the Solent with some very knowledgeable staff. Staff were friendly and chatty but didn’t bother you unless you spoke to them first. Visited the gift shop. There are some very expensive gifts (which is to be expected) but also some very reasonably priced gifts. Would recommend and return again.
    Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 13 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • luisa b
    Norwich, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely amazing
    Fantastic morning up the Spinnaker, so lucky we had a clear day and could see for miles, breath taking views and a funny experience standing on the glass floor!! Couldn't resist stopping for a coffee at the top and so glad we did the coffee was amazing and my partner said the Orange juice was really tasty. Really highly recommend a visit, staff very friendly and accommodating.
    Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 July 2023
  • SuperbikeSteve
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One small step.....one giant leap.....
    We had an incredible experience abseiling down the tower. All the staff were very professional and we felt like we were in good hands the whole time. As you can imagine, it's quite a view! The only two things I didn't like were that you weren't actually given any instruction until you're hanging off the side of the tower; and also that I was told I couldn't use my own gloves because I would be given "specialist gloves" when kitting-up. The specialist gloves are gardening gloves and one of the fingers of mine had a massive hole in it. Neither of these things took anything away from the experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
    Thank you for your visit! We are really glad you came and enjoyed it so much. We really appreciate your feedback and review and hope that you can come and visit us again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Honest Reviewer
    91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    We visited for Afternoon Tea on a very wet Saturday afternoon. We didn’t expect much but actually thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We were welcomed within the reception area, shown to the lifts then whisked up to the viewing gallery. We had a 15 minute period to wander around, gazing over Portsmouth and the Harbour and then a further lift ride to the restaurant. Within the restaurant we were soon served a very well presented and tasty selection of sandwiches, wraps, scones and cakes. The service was impeccable, provided by very courteous and professional staff. Loved it!
    We are really happy your visit was so enjoyable! Thank you for coming and we hope to see you again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Lucy I
    32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good activity, amazing views
    Enjoyed our trip up the tower. It wasn’t particularly busy even though it was a Saturday morning (term time) and we didn’t feel rushed at all, so could spend time enjoying the amazing views from all angles. Glad it was just myself and my husband though as think our children would have got bored quickly and we wouldn’t have been able to stay as long.
    Thank you for the review, I will make sure the team knows you had such a nice time on your visit. Do come again soon. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Laura
    Lincoln, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    High tea was lush
    Went up for high tea and it was lovely! They cater really well for gluten free. I’m not gluten free and mine was also lovely. I do wish maybe there were a couple more sandwiches for me because I’m more of a savoury person. Hot drinks are included which is fab. Everyone who works there was absolutely lovely. Very chatty. The lady who brought us up was showing us different places and was really lovely. Thanks for a fab time, highly recommend.
    That is great to hear, and thank you for your feedback we really appreciate it! I hope you can come back and visit us again. The Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
    Written 31 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
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Julie H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The tour of the tower was educational where at each viewing point there are boards that describe key landmarks and historical attractions, in addition being a midlander, seeing the sea is one thing but from above is awesome.

Abseiling is on another level. The two gents at the top and two at the bottom made it safe and interesting, giving you encouragement and instructions as required.

It was a truly memorable experience and a personal achievement - one to recommend doing.
Written 22 May 2024
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John M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Having been before when the weather was foggy, we were pleased to be able to see the views available from the viewing platform. It was not busy but everything went very smoothly
Written 22 May 2024
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Sandra S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Finally got to see the panoramic views as a birthday treat. Shame the weather was cloudy but it didn't rain and there was no wind, so we were able to get a reasonable view. Had coffee up stairs and sat near the window which was nice. Returned again in the afternoon for a pot of tea. Maybe change the brand of tea used as it was very weak in taste, otherwise a nice experience received with friendly Staff.
Written 22 May 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. I'll put in a word on the tea front, I like strong cuppa too! Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Albert J
London, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The views were nice, the glass bottom walk was scary but great, and the cafe was lovely! The pictures taken were amazing too!!
Written 21 May 2024
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Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Jackie B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Picked a beautiful sunny clear day. A week day in early May. Ideal time to go. Not too busy. Spectacular views. Friendly helpful staff throughout. Great experience!
Written 21 May 2024
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The team will be really pleased you enjoyed the visit. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Emma R
Portsmouth, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing! Did an abseil for charity and really enjoyed it. The staff for both the tower and abseil are friendly and professional.
Really enjoyed it

Only negative is the go pro footage is hard to download as it’s over 5GB so not able to download onto phone or my notebook laptop, so be aware of this if your buying the footage
Written 21 May 2024
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Congratulations on your abseil! Our team members will be so pleased they made your experience so memorable, we really appreciate your feedback. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Bethalina22
England, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
This was our second year running a charity abseil at the Spinnaker Tower and we had a great experience.
All the staff were extremely helpful and the day ran really smoothly despite closures on the M27.
Prior to the event Paul was our contact, nothing was too much trouble and he always responded extremely quickly.
Thank you for a great day.
Written 21 May 2024
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Great to hear! Congratulations on your abseil! Our team will be so pleased they made your experience so memorable, we really appreciate your feedback. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Lewis Hully
Desborough, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited The Spinnaker Tower, spontaneously, with my Partner and we were thoroughly impressed. The staff are super friendly and helpful, they are extremely knowledgeable about the Tower and its history.

We visited on a Monday afternoon and had the viewing deck to ourselves! The weather was gorgeous and you could see for miles, on the main viewing deck there was markers of places of interest that you can see from the Tower. There is a glass floor deck that you can walk across which views underneath the Tower, my Partner did this as I have a fear of heights. Ironically!!!!

I know that the Tower has a restaurant on the base and a Cafè stairs upwards from the main deck. Will be trying these out next time I visit, we are local so this will become a regular occurrence.

In Portsmouth you definitely need to visit The Spinnaker Tower, it’s a famous British landmark.
Written 20 May 2024
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Brilliant, so glad you had a great visit. Thank you for the review, I will make sure the team knows you had such a nice time on your visit. Do come again soon. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Skye E
Perth, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The staff are amazing from the counter crew Kirk, Zach and Aiden to the abseil crew. The experience is worth jumping out of your comfort zone and giving it a go. Take your time and have a look around.
Written 19 May 2024
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Congratulations on your abseil! Our team members will be so pleased they made your experience so memorable, we really appreciate your feedback. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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Steven C
Worle, UK191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a fabulous attraction indeed. We were enroute back from Isle of Wight to home and stopped off in Portsmouth for a second time. The Spinnaker Tower was the choice this time. It was definitely worth it. Price wise ok. Once up the tower to the biggest viewing floor you are literally wowed by the views. Luckily it was a sunny, clear day and we could see a long way. Watching the ferries and little boats coming and going from way up high. This floor great for photos. We went to the smaller garden deck and then for a drink in the middle cafe level. Everything was perfect on this trip. Staff, the attraction etc. Would certainly go back.
Written 19 May 2024
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Delighted to hear this! Thank you for the lovely review and five-star recommendation! We really appreciate you visiting us and hope you can come again soon. Spinnaker Tower Team Part of Continuum Attractions
Written 22 May 2024
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