Travel News » World’s tallest moving Observation Tower, now open

World’s tallest moving Observation Tower, now open

British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower, has opened its Brighton seafront on Thursday 4th August. Groups of up to 200 visitors will glide up gently to a height of 138 meters in a futuristic, fully enclosed, hand-crafted glass viewing pod to admire breath-taking 360-degree views across Brighton, the South Downs and the beautiful south coast. While onboard the pod, visitors will also be able to enjoy a drink at the Nyetimber Sky Bar as they admire the panoramic views unfolding before them. ‘Flights’ on British Airways i360 will last 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6pm. Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for children, with under 4s free. Twelve years in the making, British Airways i360 is the brainchild of architect-entrepreneurs David Marks and Julia Barfield of Marks Barfield Architects, best known as the practice that conceived and designed the world-famous London Eye. Architect and British Airways i360 chairman David Marks said: "Built at the landward end of Brighton's historic West Pier, British Airways i360 is a modern day ‘vertical pier’ that gives a new perspective on the city. Just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to 'walk on water'; so British Airways i360 invites visitors to 'walk on air'." . "The glass viewing pod, ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, will slowly rise up a slender steel tower to a height of 450 feet to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.”