Jurassic Skyline

Jurassic skyline

On the beautiful seafront at Weymouth you cannot fail to miss the huge tower on the pier known as the Jurassic Skyline.  This huge tower has a glass gondola around it which takes passengers 53m (174ft) up in the air and turns 360º.  It goes round not once but twice to allow amazing views over Weymouth and the Jurassic coastline.  To put its height into perspective, the Tower Of London is just 90ft high, making the Jurassic Skyline tower almost twice as tall!!

the gondola the circles the tower

We visited the Jurassic Skyline after our trip to Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park as our ticket included both attractions.  The ride is suitable for all ages.  There is one set price for all (under 3s go free) if you are purchasing a tower only ticket.  You need to allow approximately 30 minutes to queue and ride the tower.  It moves very slowly but can be a little scary for those afraid of heights – whatever you do DON’T LOOK DOWN!!!

view down to the sea from the top of the tower

The views from the top are beautiful. As you go round there is an audio tour playing over the speakers giving you landmarks to look for.  Do take your camera as on a clear day you can see as far as 26 km (16 miles)!  Its a fab way to view the Weymouth seafront and over to Portland.

There was so much to spot and its such a unique experience, we all really enjoyed it.  As it isn’t too long the kids didn’t have time to get bored either.  The timing was just right.

I think if you are in Weymouth this is well worth a visit.  There weren’t any toilets there as far as I could see so it’s worth being aware of that.  There isn’t any need to eat there due to the short period of time you would spend there so no cafe.  Along the seafront you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes though.  Pay and display parking is on the pier next to the tower.  It can get busy but there are always people coming and going so it doesn’t take long to get a space.  There isn’t space for pushchairs on the gondola but you can leave them at the bottom and pick it up as you leave.  As you exit the ride there is an opportunity to have your photo taken against a green screen and all sorts of backgrounds applied (such as looking like you are sat on top of the actual gondola!) which makes a nice souvenir.

Address: Festival Pier, Weymouth, DT4 8DX

Price Band: ££

Website: Jurassic Skyline

Disclaimer: No-one from Jurassic Skyline or its parent companies was involved in this review. All photos, words and opinions are that of my own.

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