Portsmouth is a port city in Hampshire, England, mainly on Portsea Island, 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton. It has a total population of 205,400. Portsmouth is one of the world's best-known ports. HMNB Portsmouth is considered to be the home of the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UK's surface fleet. The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom's tallest structures at 560 feet.
Portsmouth F.C., the city's professional football club, play their home games at Fratton Park. The club is the heartbeat of the city and does a lot of work in the community.
Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, handling around three million passengers a year.
The University of Portsmouth enrols 23,000 students and is ranked among the world's best modern universities. Portsmouth is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens Several local colleges also have the power to award Higher National Diplomas, including Highbury College, which specialises in vocational education and Portsmouth College, which offers various academic courses in the city. Both Admiral Lord Nelson School and Miltoncross Academy were built in the late 1990s to meet the demand of a growing school-age population.
Gunwharf Quays is a mixed residential and retail destination with outlet stores, restaurants, pubs, and cafés. It is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 stores, offering up to 60% discount on regular retail prices, and over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
Portsmouth has several theatres: The New Theatre Royal in Guildhall Walk, near the city centre, which specialises in professional drama, and the newly restored Kings Theatre in Southsea, which features amateur musicals as well a number of national tours.
The city also has three established music venues: The Guildhall, The Wedgewood Rooms (which includes a smaller venue, Edge of the Wedge), and Portsmouth Pyramids Centre. Portsmouth Guildhall, another theatrical venue, is one of the largest events venue in South East England, with a seating capacity of 2500.
Portsmouth Kite Festival:
Rural Seaside Show: Portsmouth’s wildly popular annual Rural & Seaside Show returns to Southsea’s Castle Field, bringing donkey rides, welly throwing, tug of war, sheep dog displays, market stalls, heavy horse displays, dog shows, children’s rides, refreshments, and many more fun family activities to the seafront.
Portsmouth Comic Con:
Southsea Food Festival: Southsea Food Festival will bring together the most vibrant collection of culinary traders and street market food stalls in Portsmouth and wider Hampshire. An urban family-oriented event, Southsea Food Festival features around 100 stalls, providing a fun day out with an eclectic curation of cuisines at its heart!
Portsmouth Comedy Fest: Portsmouth Guildhall host a side-splitting line-up of hilarious comics at the Big Mouth Comedy Festival.
The Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth City Museum
The majority of sales in Portsmouth during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £228,856. Flats sold for an average of £172,960, with semi-detached properties fetching £301,978.
Portsmouth, with an overall average price of £228,203, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Hilsea (£217,231), but was more expensive than North End (£189,626) and cheaper than Cosham (£259,469).
Overall sold prices in Portsmouth over the last year were 7% up on the previous year and 16% up on the 2015 level of £196,903.
Property Rents in Portsmouth by Number of Bedrooms
The Portsmouth Grammar School
Madani Primary School
Lyndhurst Junior School
Cliffdale Primary School
Stamshaw Junior School
Redwood Park Academy
St Paul's Catholic Primary School
David Lloyd Port Solent
The Box Portsmouth Cross Fit
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
Better Gym Portsmouth
Roko Health Club
The Gym Fratton
Fitness First Portsmouth
Cascades Shopping Centre
Port Solent – The Broadwalk Shopping Centre
The Wave Maiden
Cheese & Cheers
Restaurant 36 on The Quay
Pie & Vinyl