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Portsmouth Area Guide

Spinnaker Tower Image courtesy of Flickr user Karen Roe

Situated on the south coast of England, Portsmouth is the second largest city in the county of Hampshire and the UK's only island city. Just 64 miles to the south west of London and 19 miles to the south east of Southampton, its prominence as a naval port has shaped the area's history and culture for centuries.

A base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos, Portsmouth is also home to famous ships such as HMS Warrior and HMS Victory, and boasts the world's oldest dry dock that is still in use. A thriving commercial ferry port also supports passenger and freight transport.

Whilst the area may be steeped in history, a series of significant regeneration projects have transformed Portsmouth from an industrialised post-war city dominated by tower blocks, into a modern, forward-thinking destination for living, working and leisure. The skyline of the city is punctuated by the Spinnaker Tower, a 170m high landmark at the centre of the redevelopment of Portsmouth Harbour. Now a highly desirable residential area, the harbour features a number of penthouses, town houses and apartment blocks. Southsea and Old Portsmouth are equally popular residential areas, with Fratton and North Southsea being up and coming areas.


The only city in England with a greater population density than London, approximately 207,000 people live in Portsmouth. There are a significant number of resident Irish Catholics in the city and Portsmouth is now one of 34 UK towns and cities with a Catholic cathedral. 

A focus for business and innovation, Portsmouth is home to over 6,500 businesses including cutting edge companies such as IBM UK, McLaren Composites and Pall Europe. One tenth of the city's workforce is employed at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.


Portsmouth benefits from a wide range of primary schools located at various sites across the city offering Church of England, Catholic and non-denominational provision.

Secondary schools include The Charter Academy, which opened in 2009. Sponsored by the Ark (Absolute Return for Kids) charity, the school's aim is to raise the bar for children living in disadvantaged communities.

Admiral Lord Nelson School and Miltoncross School are also located in the city, as are St Edmund's Catholic School, King Richard School which is a specialist art college, and the City of Portsmouth Boys School which offers maths, engineering, and computing specialisms.

Several local colleges offer further education including Portsmouth College, and Highbury College. The University of Plymouth is noted for its high standards in maths, law, and biological sciences, and the University of Southampton trains student nurses and midwives among many other disciplines. Southampton Solent University has a good reputation for studies in media.

Portsmouth Grammar School has been rated as one of the top private schools in the country. Portsmouth High School, Mayville High School and St. John's College also offer a range of private education for children from nursery school age to 18 years old.


Portsmouth is well connected to most parts of the UK with routes to London, Southampton, Bristol, and South Wales via the A3, A36, and A34 and on to the M25, M27, and M40 motorways. Regular bus services offer links across the city and surrounding areas, and a night bus also operates two services over the weekend.

Six railway stations provide local connections as well as direct services to Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff and London Victoria. Air travel is available at Southampton International Airport which is approximately 22 miles away and provides domestic and European flights.

Regular passenger ferry routes offer access to the Isle of Wight, Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo, Le Harve, Bilboa, and the Channel Islands.

Amenities and Shopping

The retail, leisure and entertainment offering in Portsmouth has grown significantly over recent years with core shopping areas are located on Commercial Road and in the Cascades Shopping Centre. Gunwharf Quays boasts 90 designer outlets, 30 bars and restaurants, a multiplex cinema and bowling alley. Out of town shopping is also available at the Ocean Retail Park and Bridge Centre. The city offers a good selection of health and fitness facilities including a number of private gyms.

Arts and culture are well catered for with The New Theatre Royal showcasing avant-garde, modern and classical performances. Kings Theatre specialises in more traditional music and orchestra.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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