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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.

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 GuildhallThe 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.

Local Events

Mutiny Festival:

Portsmouth Kite Festival:

Victorious 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

Gunwharf Quays

Spinnaker Tower

D-Day Museum

Portsmouth City Museum

Staunton Park

Canoe Lake

Guildhall Square

House Prices:

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.

Rent Prices:

Property Rents in Portsmouth by Number of Bedrooms

Average rent

One bedroom

£604 pcm

Two bedrooms

£854 pcm

Three bedrooms

£1,023 pcm

Four bedrooms

£1,386 pcm

Five bedrooms

£1,783 pcm



Arundel Court Primary School and Nursery

St John's Cathedral Catholic Primary School

St Edmund's Catholic School

The Portsmouth Grammar School

St Jude's CofE Primary School

St George's Beneficial Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School

Madani Primary School

Ark Dickens Primary Academy

Penhale Infant School & Nursery

Portsmouth Academy for Girls

Manor Infant School


College Park Infant School

Lyndhurst Junior School

Mayfield School

Willows Centre for Children

Cliffdale Primary School

Gatcombe Park Primary School

The Flying Bull Academy

Isambard Brunel Junior School

Meredith Infant School

Newbridge Junior School

Stamshaw Infant School

Stamshaw Junior School

The Harbour School

Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School

Northern Parade Junior School

Northern Parade Infant School

Trafalgar School


Copnor Primary School

Admiral Lord Nelson School

Langstone Junior School

Langstone Infant School

Westover Primary School

Miltoncross Academy


Solent Infant School

Solent Junior School

Springfield School

Court Lane Infant Academy

Court Lane Junior Academy

Redwood Park Academy

Highbury Primary School

Portsdown Primary School

Medina Primary School

Beacon View Primary Academy

St Paul's Catholic Primary School

King Richard School

The Victory Primary School


David Lloyd Port Solent

F4L Portsmouth

The Box Portsmouth Cross Fit

Mountbatten Centre

Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym

PureGym Portsmouth

Fit4Less Portsmouth

Better Gym Portsmouth

Roko Health Club

The Gym Fratton

Fitness First Portsmouth


Cascades Shopping Centre

Commercial Road

Gunwharf Quays

Port Solent – The Broadwalk Shopping Centre


Spice Merchants

The Akash

Bodrum Restaurant

The Wave Maiden

Cheese & Cheers

Restaurant 27

The Kitchen

Restaurant 36 on The Quay

Pie & Vinyl