Gunwharf Quays is in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England is a great place to spend the day.
It is easy to get to by train from London or other towns and cities. The station is Portsmouth Harbour and it is a 2-minute walk from the station to Gunwharf Quays.
Visit the statuses 170 meters (560ft) tall Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Take the elevator up to the observation deck for spectacular views of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas on a clear day.
It was opened in 2005 and has become a fantastic tourist attraction. There are three observation decks; the very top – the Sky Deck that has a mesh roof and is open to the elements so be prepared for your hair to be blown in the wind!
On the first viewing deck, dare to walk over the glass floor and look down 100 metres above sea level!
It was built to celebrate the Millennium, but the work did not start until 2001 and was completed in 2005 and opened to the public. It originally was going to be called the Millennium Tower, but because it was not built in time it was named the Spinnaker Tower as it looks like a spinnaker sail.
The tower can be seen from Selsey Bill on a clear day.
Gunwharf Quays is set on the harbour, so you can see the ferries, yachts and boats sailing by all day long. The lovely waterfront has lots of restaurants and bars to watch everything go by.
Shop till you drop as it is also a premium outlet mall with all the top brands from Cath Kidston to Michael Kors.
It is an open-air mall; some parts are partly covered. It is a great place to spend the day all times of the year, but on a sunny day, it is glorious.
Need more entertainment? Watch a movie at the cinema on site or stay all night at the bars and nightclubs.
If you are driving there is a large underground carpark, but it does get full quickly on the weekends and school holidays. So bear that in mind before you go and set off early if going at these times.
Close to Gunwharf Quays are the historic dockyards to visit the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose. They are worth a visit too and I will tell you more about those in another blog post in the future.
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