Lonely Planet Writer

Abseil 450 feet from Brighton's tallest tourist attraction

If a visit to the new observation tower in Brighton – one of the tallest moving observation pods in the world – isn’t quite daring enough for you, this summer you can try abseiling from it.

Abseil from the British Airways i360 in Brighton. Image by British Airways i360

British Airways i360 tower, which opened in 2016, is now offering iDrop Abseil mornings, where visitors can test their mettle by descending 450 feet from the tourist attraction. The chance to abseil will be available on Saturdays in the summer and autumn. The first dates, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August, are on sale now and cost £120 (US$162) per person. The first event was held on 28 April to raise funds for a local children’s charity Rockinghorse, but now anyone looking for an adrenaline rush can give it a go – if they think they can handle hanging from the jaw-dropping height.

Abseil from the British Airways i360 in Brighton. Image by British Airways i360

iDrop Abseil is operated by Belay Rope Access, and as director Iain Tindall explained in a statement, the incredible view is what separates this experience from sliding down a rock face. “The sheer exposure of British Airways i360 is what makes this abseil special because unlike other venues, you are descending in open space rather than against a wall. And the position on the seafront makes it unique. I would challenge anyone not to feel a few nerves when faced with a 450-foot drop, so even for experienced people, this will present a fearsome challenge”.

Abseil from the British Airways i360 in Brighton. Image by British Airways i360

If you’re the type of person who is willing to take that challenge, check out the full details here. However, a visit to British Airways i360 may be enough a rush for anyone who is not sure how they feel about hanging off the side of a building. The capsule takes guests up to the height of 450 feet over a period of about 20 minutes, giving guests the chance to admire views of Brighton’s West Pier.