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Living in Portslade: The Local Area Guide

The residential district of Portslade is divided into two separate neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct personality. Portslade in its entirety is part of the larger city of Brighton and Hove, enjoying a seaside location and a rich history. The A270 cuts through Portslade, dividing it into Portslade Village to the north and Portslade-by-Sea to the south. Portslade is an extremely attractive and leafy enclave within greater Brighton and Hove, with well-preserved flint and timbered architecture and an array of bustling shops.

The town of Portslade Village dates back to the 1500s, remaining a small and inclusive atmosphere until Brighton's railway was expanded in 1840. Today, the northern half of Portslade is still called Portslade Village, and it remains quite green and rural with a traditional village green. Portslade Manor and historic St Nicholas Parish Church are two buildings of note, the former a prime example of 12th century Norman architecture. St Nicholas is the second oldest church in Brighton, constructed in 1150. To the South, there's Portslade-by-Sea, which includes the shopping district along Station Road as well as well-tended terrace housing.


Bisected by the A270, Portslade's demographics is divided into Portslade Village and Portslade-by-Sea. According to the latest Census data, both halves of Portslade are home to a population that hovers around 10,000. In the northern half of Portslade, there are 4,133 households recorded in total, mainly consisting of single families. Yet the population density is lower to the north than it is in South Portslade, which has a more urban feeling. This is apparent in how the two neighbourhoods are categorized by the Office of National Statistics. South Portslade qualifies as a Commuter Suburb, with many residents making the daily trek out to London or central Brighton, while sleepier North Portslade is a Suburb.


When it comes to education, families in Portslade have an array of options. Primary schools in the area include St Mary's Catholic Primary School, St Nicolas CofE Junior School, Benfield Junior School, and Portslade Infants School. Additionally, there is Mile Oak Primary and Peter Gladwin Primary, both of which were designated to be 'Good' according to Ofsted reports. At the secondary level, many pupils elect to attend King's School, which is an ecumenical Christian academy, or Portslade Aldridge Community Academy.

Also of note is Hillside School, which is a small community school that serves students with learning difficulties. In particular, Hillside staff work with students on the Autism spectrum. The school enjoys an 'Outstanding' reputation, according to Ofsted; maintaining this level for the past two inspections.


As part of Brighton and Hove, Portslade residents have an array of public transport options. There are several bus routes operated by the Brighton and Hove Bus Company that stop in Portslade, providing regular service to destinations throughout the city. Portslade's main railway station is part of the West Coastway Line, which travels along the coast and provides a direct link to central Brighton. London's also within easy reach, either via Brighton's main railway station or the National Express bus service. During the summer months, National Express offers 4-5 journeys daily between London and Worthing, and a single route each day during the rest of the year.

Amenities & Shopping

Portslade's main shopping area is along Station Road, which changes its name to Boundary Road as it heads south away from the train station. This has been a historical shopping destination for over a century and retains its traditional charm. High street retailers along Station Road include a Tesco Metro and Boots, while independent shops include a bakery and florist. Visitors hoping to catch a wave can visit Ocean Sports Board Riders for surfing gear.

A bit further afield is the Churchill Square Shopping Centre, with a brightly lit and modern food court as well as all major high street retailers from H&M to Debenhams. Those in search of a unique shopping experience can visit Brighton's eclectic Street Market on Saturdays, filled to the brim with antiques, vintage clothing, and gourmet food products.

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