Incredible VR experience will let you walk along the outside of Portsmouth's Spinnaker TowerÂ

An '˜incredible' new virtual reality experience will allow visitors to Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower to experience the waterside landmark like never before.Â

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 3:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 3:28 pm
Dare you take on the 'Altitude'

A state of the art headset will whisk visitors from inside to outside of the building as part of the '˜Altitude' experience. 

They will then be able to test their head for heights by walking along a recreation of one of the tower's horizontal beams, known as the '˜ribs', with seemingly nothing but a 90 metre drop to Portsmouth Harbour below.

Visitors can choose from a selection of simulated sky-high challenges which include collecting virtual coins and ringing a virtual bell positioned perilously far from the edge of the virtual tower.

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Tony Sammut, General Manager at Emirates Spinnaker Tower explained: '˜The experience is incredible.

'˜It really does give you a feeling of vertigo, as if you're actually up high, exposed to the elements.

'˜Virtual reality is an exciting new addition to what we offer at Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Stephen Morgan MP tries out the VR experience at Spinnaker Tower. Picture: Helen Yates

'˜Abseiling days continue to be incredibly popular and we recently opened '˜The Drop' which allows visitors to leap from a high-level platform like a stunt-person.

'˜We hope that Altitude will offer a thrilling experience for those who want to keep their feet on the ground!' 

Award winning virtual reality studio Polymerse has built a detailed CGI model of the towerand surrounding skyline.

The Lord Deputy Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor David Fueller gives the VR headset a whirl. Picture: Helen Yates

Ben Barton, Managing Director at Polymerse, commented: '˜Working with Emirates Spinnaker Tower has been a real privilege.

'˜Building on the tower's breath-taking view, we wanted to produce a VR experience that was a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone who visited.

'˜Utilising the latest VR hardware, a beautiful bespoke environment and some challenging games, we are really pleased with the outcome and look forward to seeing everyone's reaction.'