i360 tower: Tickets go on sale as launch date announced for the Brighton seafront structure


You will soon be able to see stunning views of Brighton from the seaside resort town's tallest building.

British Airways has announced the i360 tower is to open on August 4.

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the attraction will open two years since construction began.

Brighton i360 tower.
(Gareth Fuller/PA)

"After two years of intense, groundbreaking architectural and engineering work on Brighton beach, we are delighted to announce the forthcoming completion of British Airways i360, with tickets now on sale to the public for flights from Thursday 4th August," Marks Barfield Architects said.

"The team behind British Airways i360 has gone beyond the call of duty and created a new landmark they should all be proud of."

Brighton i360 tower.
(Gareth Fuller/PA)

Located near the West Pier, the structure stands 531ft (162m) high and thanks to its narrow width - 12.7ft (3.9m) diameter to be precise - the i360 is in the Guinness World Records as the "most slender tower".

The futuristic-looking glass pod takes visitors up 450ft (137m), 200 people at a time, with "flights" lasting 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6pm.

Brighton i360 tower.
(British Airways i360)

"The glass viewing pod, 10 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 450ft to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel," Lynne Embleton, strategy director for British Airways, added.

Tickets cost from £13.50 for adults and from £6.75 for children (under-4s are free) and are available to book here.