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About the Portsmouth Area...

Founded in 1180, Portsmouth has grown to become one of the major Naval ports in the British Isles and the largest Island City in the United Kingdom. The Portsmouth Urban Area covers an area with a population well over twice that of the city of Portsmouth itself, and includes Fareham, Portchester, Gosport, Havant (which includes the large suburbs of Leigh Park), Lee-on-the-Solent, Stubbington and Waterlooville. The administrative unit itself has a population of 197,700, which forms part of the wider Portsmouth conurbation, with an estimated 442,252 residents within the wider urban area making it the 11th largest urban area in England.

The main areas of Portsmouth and surrounds are listed below - to read more about any specific area, please click on the title:


The majority of Portsmouth is located on Portsea Island, where the Solent joins the English Channel. Nick-named "Pompey", the City is home to one of the leading Navel ports and dry docks in the country and Portsmouth Football Club.

Southsea & Estney

A seaside resort located in Portsmouth at the southern end of Portsea Island. The built up areas of Portsmouth and Southsea have merged, and the centre of Southsea is within a mile of Portsmouth's city centre.

Gunwharf Quays

A former Naval shore establishment, redeveloped in 2001 to provide a modern complex of bars, shops, restaurants, night life and modern apartments. The area has become one of the most desirable areas for apartments.

Port Solent

Port Solent is an area of Portsmouth, comprising a marina and luxury housing estate. The development is located on the western side of Horsea Island, in the north of Portsmouth Harbour, and was built in the 1980's

Old Portsmouth

Areas and buildings within Old Portsmouth include: Portsmouth Cathedral, Royal Garrison Church/Domus Dei, The John Pounds Memorial Church (Unitarian), the Square Tower and Round Tower and Point Barracks, Portsmouth Point


Formally the industrial area of Portsmouth and consists of mainly Victorian terrace style housing. Much of the former industrial sites have been dis-mantled to make way for shopping for retail parks. Fratton Park is the home of Portsmouth FC


A mainly residential neighbourhood in the middle of Portsea Island. The area is composed of mainly late Victorian to early 20th century buildings. The area offers a wide selection of small traders, supermarkets, shops other retailers and pubs

Farlington & Drayton

Located in the north east of the city, just north of the A27 and is now mainly private housing and also offers a light industrial area. There is a good selection of sought-after housing and a Sainsbury's supermarket.

Hilsea & Cosham

Located at the northern end of Portsea Island, for most of its history Hilsea was a small hamlet on the Portsmouth to London road. Next to Hilsea is Cosham, a village dating back to Saxon times where the boundaries extend on Portdown Hills

Paulsgrove & Portchester

Located approx 6 miles north-east of Portsmouth, Portchester is a busy village on the main A27 Portsmouth - Southampton road with a population circa 20,000. Portchester Castle, is a water fronted fort, dating back to Roman times.


Situated on the western side of Portsmouth harbour, Gosport is linked by a passenger ferry. Formally a major HM Naval supplies base, although much of this has been developed into modern apartments and housing. Population circa 80,000


Fareham is situated at the north-west tip of Portsmouth Harbour where the River Wallington joins. Fareham traditionally relied on its clay soil for industry, producing bricks, tiles and chimney pots, however now retail employs 15% of the population.


Whiteley is located in between the Portsmouth and Southampton and close to the town of Fareham. Whiteley contains a residential community and newly developed retail and a business park. In May 2013 Whiteley had re opened its retail park which has now been transformed into a shopping centre with a difference.


Located 8 miles north of Portsmouth and has a population circa 10,000. It forms part of the South Hampshire conurbation. The old A3 London to Portsmouth road still goes through the town. 

Havant & Leigh Park

Located just off the A27 to the East of Portsmouth. Havant dates back to Roman times and has good railway networks. The suburb of Leigh Park was developed post-war to house the homeless and remains one of the largest housing estates in Europe.

Hayling Island

Hayling Island (known to locally as "Hayling" is an island off the south coast of England, in the borough of Havant in the county of Hampshire. Hayling Island is a true island, completely surrounded by sea.