World’s tallest moving observation tower to open in Brighton next month

What will become the world’s tallest moving observation tower is about to open for business on Brighton’s seafront in southern England.

British Airways i360 has a maximum height of 137m, allowing visitors to get a bird’s eye view of the city and its surroundings from a fully enclosed glass pod.

The project was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creator of the London Eye, and will open almost exactly two years after construction began.

The viewing pod is 10 times the size of a London Eye capsule and is capable of carrying up to 200 passengers at a time.

The architect commented: "Built at the landward end of Brighton’s historic West Pier, British Airways i360 is a modern day vertical pier that invites visitors to ‘walk on air’ and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to ‘walk on water’."

Tickets can be booked from and cost from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for children, with under fours traveling free.

The tower opens on 4 August.

Images via British Airways i360

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