Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Spinnaker Tower revisited

Spinnaker Tower, September 2010
On Sunday May 27th, Clare and I were at the Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, on the way back from visiting my father on the Isle of Wight.  The haziness of the early weekend had cleared quite a bit, and I couldn't resist giving the Spinnaker Tower another visit. It has stunning views over Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth, Gosport, and across the Solent.

I highly recommend the Gunwharf Quays complex in general. While its general thrust is to cater for shopping, eating and entertainment, it offers a varied range (we always have lunch there on the way to the Isle of Wight) and is a stylish and sympathetic redevelopment of defunct admiralty dockland that nevertheless retains its use as a busy harbourside.

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Sorry if the colours are a trifle funny; the thick glass has an intense cyan cast, and I've had to do my best at correcting it.
Returning, May 2012

looking 100m (328ft) down through glass floor panel

View Deck with that glass floor

View Deck 2: 'Cafe in the Clouds'

View east over Gunwharf Quays, canal, East Side
Plaza Tower ("The Lipstick") and Southsea
View south over The Camber car ferry dock and Old Portsmouth (top right)

Old Portsmouth with Isle of Wight car ferry

View approx. S, Portsmouth Harbour entrance

Fort Blockhouse, Gosport side of harbour entrance

View approx. SW: Gosport Marina, Seaward Tower, Haslar Lake, Solent, and Isle of Wight on horizon

Gosport: ferry terminus, Ferry Gardens, town centre

Gosport, view approx. NW: Burrow Island, Royal Clarence Marine, Priddy's Hard

Gosport: Burrow Island, Priddy's Hard

View approx. N: Portsmouth Dockyard, with HMS Warrior (foreground) and HMS Victory (centre)

Detail: Portsmouth Dockyard with HMS Victory
- Ray


  1. Its great to see some higher quality photos from the inside of the tower, its a great attraction to Portsmouth giving great views and this is a really nice preview for those thinking of visiting. It shows it really is worth the trip alongside all of the other great things to do around Portsmouth.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks, Adam; I'd normally delete comments with commercial links as spam, but I think the Gunwharf Quays area is brilliant - a prime example of how redevelopment can be done - so you're welcome if the link helps you any.