British Airways i360 Brighton

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Lower Kings Road, Brighton, Sussex, BN1 2LN

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

Move the classroom to the skies and inspire blue sky thinking with a school trip to British Airways i360, the world’s tallest moving observation tower.

Listed under: Art and Design | Technology | Observation Tower | Day Trip Destinations | Mathematics | Leisure and Tourism | Geography | Environmental Studies | Engineering | Design and Technology | STEM

What we offer

Gliding up gently from ground level to a height of 138 meters (450 feet), the futuristic glass pod will take your students on a voyage of innovation and discovery, during which they will be inspired by what is possible when they aim high.

British Airways i360 was conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, and has won multiple awards for innovation, construction and design. 

From the giant glass pod, up to 175 visitors at a time can admire panoramic 360-degree views across Regency Brighton & Hove, the South Downs National Park, the English Channel and the beautiful Sussex coastline. On the clearest days, guests can see all the way east to Beachy Head (17 miles) and west to the Isle of Wight (49 miles). Discover more about the many landmarks visible from the pod using the viewing map and free app, which is available in 10 languages.

During their visit, schools can enjoy the free exhibition: ‘British Airways i360: How it Was Built’, to learn more about the pioneering engineering and cutting-edge design that places British Airways i360 at the forefront of British architecture.

Groups can also browse the shop for a range of educational items, gifts and toys, many created by local Brighton artists. 

What makes us a great choice?

British Airways i360 is an inspiring venue for your next school trip and a unique experience for pupils of all ages and abilities. Children are free to walk around in the pod and enjoy the 360-degree views of Sussex, pointing out landmarks, ships out at sea and birds flying past. They can learn about the construction process and how British Airways i360 was built at our free exhibition and gain insight into how STEM subjects can translate into different careers and result in amazing structures and projects.

The British Airways i360 pod is fully enclosed and climate controlled, and operates year-round, barring a two-week shutdown for annual maintenance in January.

Brighton’s beautiful pebble beach is right in front of British Airways i360 and a perfect spot for children to enjoy the seafront or eat a packed lunch. Brighton Palace Pier and the Sea Life Centre are only 10 minutes’ walk away, and there are coach drop-off points nearby.

What is typically included?

We expect your visit to British Airways i360 to last around an hour. This includes a flight on the British Airways i360 glass pod (approx 25 minutes including boarding and disembarkation), viewing the free exhibition and browsing time in our shop.

Group Sizes Catered For

The maximum group size is 175 guests. Discounts are offered for a group of 15+. We also offer one complimentary teacher place per 15 paying pupils. Smaller groups can also be accommodated.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

As part of our dedication to innovation and education, we are creating curriculum-based activity sheets for your day trip as well as further classroom-based worksheets that will extend the learning around your visit to British Airways i360. We are working closely with local teachers to make sure these are full of activities, experiments and information that teachers can use to support their classroom activities. The worksheets will engage skills within the subjects of Maths, Science, Geography and Art, Design and Technology. These worksheets will be available to download soon.

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes, children are able to take photos, video or audio on the British Airways i360 pod. 

Risk Assessment Details

Please contact traveltrade@britishairwaysi360.com and we can provide teachers with a risk assessment.

Education Officer Information

The dedicated school groups organiser is Maisie Phillips.

Please email traveltrade@britishairwaysi360.com or call 01273 448 371 

Pricing Information

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more guests. We also offer one complimentary teacher space per 15 paying pupils.

Discounted Group Rates (valid until March 2018)

Adults (rate valid for adults aged 16-59 years)- £14.40 

Children (rate valid for children aged 4-15 years)- £7.20

Students (rate valid for students in full-time education)- £12.15

Payment must be made in advance.

First Aid Information

British Airways i360 has qualified first aiders on site at all times.

Available Facilities

  • British Airways i360 pod, which accommodates up to 175 people.
  • British Airways i360 shop selling a range of gifts and souvenirs, many created by local Brighton artists. Gifts range from £1-£20.
  • An exhibition, ‘British Airways i360; How it was Built’
  • West Beach Bar and Kitchen
  • West Pier Tea Room
  • Nyetimber Sky Bar on board the pod, serving a range of drinks from the local area
  • Outdoor picnic areas either side of British Airways i360; perfect for eating a packed lunch
  • Coach drop-off and pick-up areas opposite British Airways i360 

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

British Airways i360 is fully accessible for wheelchair users. A lift (suitable for use by wheelchair users) connects the upper level and the lower level. There is an accessible toilet on both the upper and lower levels. People with a disability are entitled to a free place for their carer on British Airways i360 pod. Please state this at the time of booking. Our ticket office assistants and in-flight crew are available should you require any assistance at any time.

Opening Hours & Information

British Airways i360 is open year-round, barring a two-week shutdown for annual maintenance in January. Daily opening hours vary depending on the season. Please visit our website for details- http://britishairwaysi360.com/plan-your-visit/opening-hours/ 

Other Information

All guests and their belongings are subject to security checks before boarding the pod. We may ask guests to remove items from their bags or person, to be searched separately, including but not limited to belts, shoes, jacket, electrical items and liquids. We use specialist search equipment that is harmless to the majority of visitors. Please see our website for a list of prohibited items- http://britishairwaysi360.com/plan-your-visit/security/

The expected dwell time for school groups is around an hour. Flights depart every 30 minutes and the flight lasts around 25 minutes (including boarding and disembarking). We ask groups to arrive at least 30 minutes before your flight time in order to pass through security.

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