The Weymouth Sea Life Tower is an observational tower in Weymouth, Dorset, England. It is situated next to Weymouth Harbour and the Weymouth Pavilion, where it overlooks Weymouth town, Weymouth Beach, the Nothe Fort and Portland Harbour, including the Breakwater. It first opened on 22 June 2012.
The tower stands 53 metres high (174 ft) and is able to turn a full 360 degrees as it rises during operation. The clear-fronted passenger gondola of the tower can accommodate 69 passengers at a time, whilst each tower session lasts approximately 15 minutes. A total of 1100 tons of concrete was used during building, whilst the tower itself weighs 140 tons.
On a clear day, at the highest point, views are said to extend into the English Channel and down the Dorset coast to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
The tower, designed as a tourist attraction, was built at a cost of £3.5 million. The construction of the tower and observation pod took eight months, from the start of foundation works (the foundations go 18 metres into the sea bed) in October 2011, to the completion of the ground-level reception building at Festival Pier in June 2012, in time for the Olympic events. It was designed in Germany, built in Hungary and France, before being shipped in sections to be assembled on site. The tower was funded by private money and was the latest in the 90-strong worldwide attraction network operated by the Poole-based Merlin Entertainments, who also owns Weymouth Sea Life Park and the Pirate Adventure Golf at Lodmoor Country Park.
The tower was completed a week ahead of schedule and an early running of the tower was enjoyed by a host of VIP guests, including borough mayor Margaret Leicester, and local councillors and business community representatives.
Go and visit the Sealife Tower and then come and pop into taste* Chesil for lunch or afternoon tea. Or why not start the day off with a taste* chesil breakfast and then go explore Weymouth and Portland.
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