- British Airways i360 facts
- Visiting British Airways i360
- Bookings for British Airways i360
- Events at British Airways i360
- Working with British Airways i360
- Background and Funding
- Contacting British Airways i360
British Airways i360 facts
How tall will British Airways i360 be?
The tower is 162 metres tall and the passenger viewing pod will climb to a height of 450 feet (or 138 metres) making it the tallest moving observation tower in the world and the tallest observation tower outside London. The second tallest structure in Sussex is Sussex Heights at 102m high. British Airways i360 is 20 feet taller than its sibling, the London Eye, which rises to 132m high.
How many people will the British Airways i360 passenger pod hold?
The pod can comfortably accommodate 200 guests on each ride with room for them all to be at the edge enjoying the view. And if something exciting pops into view and everyone shifts to one side there is no need to worry – it won’t be tipping over. The ride has been designed to cope with 200 guests regardless of where they choose to stand.
That pod sounds quite big. How wide will British Airways i360 passenger pod be?
The tower itself is incredibly slender, and no more than 4.6 metres wide while the pod is around 18 metres in diameter. The British Airways i360 is the slimmest tall tower in the world!
Does the i360 passenger pod spin round as it is going up and down?
No. It has been designed to glide gently up to the top. It will be up to visitors where they want to look out – everyone will have the freedom to walk round the pod as they want.
There are a few fairground ride towers that spin or some revolving restaurants because guests need to sit down in them; at the British Airways i360 you can walk around freely.
Are there any weather conditions when British Airways i360 will shut?
We are able to operate the British Airways i360 pod in most weather conditions, however like most tall rides it is prudent to cease operations during very high winds. The rest of our facilities will stay open such as the restaurant, shop and events spaces.
Visiting British Airways i360
What will you be able to see?
On a clear day you will be able to see up to 26 miles taking in the beautiful Sussex coast from Bexhill-on-Sea to Chichester including Beachy Head and Seven Sisters; the South Downs National Park; Brighton and Hove with its Regency architecture and the Royal Pavilion; and out to sea. Find out more here.
How long will the ride last?
There is so much to enjoy at British Airways i360 that we expect your visit to last around one hour (or longer if you are dining). This includes a pre-ride experience, the ride on the vertical cable car and our shop.
How much will it cost for a ride?
The full price for an adult is £16.00 (or £14.40 if you book online 3 days in advance). There are discounts for children, seniors and students, as well as residents of Brighton and Hove. Find out more.
Is British Airways i360 accessible for wheelchair users?
Yes, British Airways i360 is fully accessible. There will be a safety limit on the number of wheelchairs permitted so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Visitors with disabilities will benefit from one free carer place per guest. We are installing a new wheelchair lift connecting the Kings Road upper esplanade down to the beach.
Can I take my baby buggy? Will you be family friendly?
Yes, we will be a family friendly attraction. Baby buggies will be allowed on the British Airways i360 passenger pod at most times; at very busy times we may ask you to park your buggy at a designated buggy park area. We will have plenty of baby changing facilities and our restaurants will have kids’ menus and highchairs.
For the under 8’s there will be an indoor soft play zone at the British Airways i360. We are also near an outdoor playground on the beach (located to the west of Alfresco), which has a large paddling pool, a play area and sand pit.
Bookings for British Airways i360
Are there any discounts for British Airways staff?
Yes, British Airways staff will be entitled to a 10 per cent discount off the standard British Airways i360 ticket price on peak dates which includes weekends and bank holidays year round and all visits during May to August. For off peak dates, including Monday to Friday (except for bank holidays) from September to April, BA staff are entitled to a 33 per cent discount. To claim the discount, you’ll need to purchase your ticket at the on-site ticket office, presenting a valid BA Staff ID. The discount is not valid with any other promotion or offer and is not available for tickets booked online or by phone.
Events at British Airways i360
What type of events will be held at British Airways i360?
All sorts! Including drinks and canapés receptions, special occasion parties, corporate events, private dining, product launches, weddings, Christmas parties or business meetings. British Airways i360 passenger pod can be hired exclusively and our beach building features stunning function rooms with sea views and private terrace. The rebuilt 1866 West Pier toll booth is available in the evenings for receptions and private dining. Find out more.
Can I get married at British Airways i360?
Yes, we are a licensed wedding venue. You will be able to say ‘I do’ at 450 feet in our glass passenger pod or in one of our beach-side hospitality rooms with doors opening out on to a private terrace. Find out more.
Working with British Airways i360
How can I find out about jobs at British Airways i360?
Click here to see the jobs we are currently advertising.
How can my company work for British Airways i360?
We have a policy of using local businesses from Brighton and Hove and the wider Sussex area, wherever possible. We are proud to be working with a growing number of talented local companies.
Click here to see our current tender opportunities.
Background and Funding
How did it cost to build?
The total project cost is £46m. It has been funded through a Public-Private Partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Council has acted as ‘middle men’ for a Public Works Loan Board Loan, which is a central funding pot that can only be used for projects with a commercial return. No council tax has been used and the profit on this loan will earn the Council over £1m per year. Find out more.
Why is the Council backing this?
British Airways i360 is expected to generate 440 new jobs in Brighton and Hove, help regenerate the western seafront, bring an additional £25m to the local economy, as well as more than £1m per year in revenues to the Council. Find out more.