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Most of the city of Portsmouth lies on Portsea Island, located where the Solent joins the English Channel. This makes Portsmouth the United Kingdom's only island city and the thirteenth most densely populated place in Europe. It is the second most densely populated place in the UK, after Inner London.[34] The island is separated from the mainland to the north by a narrow creek, bridged in places to make it a peninsula in appearance. The sheltered Portsmouth Harbour lies to the west of the island and the large tidal bay of Langstone Harbour is to the east.


The City Centre is the main shopping area in Portsmouth, mainly sited around the shopping streets Commercial Road, Edinburgh Road, Arundel Street, Crasswell Street and Charlotte Street. The City Centre is home to the Cascades Shopping Centre and major high street stores including Debenhams, Wilkinson, Primark, H&M and supermarkets Tesco, Sainsburys and Iceland. To the north of the City Centre is the Victory Retail Park.


Pubs, Bars & Clubs - As with any major City, there is always a very wide choice of Bars & Clubs and Portsmouth is no exception.
Restaurants - Portsmouth doesn't have a shortage of restaurants in the City Centre and certainly a wide selection of cuisines -probably the most popular area for eating is Gunwharf Quays, where there is a wide selection of restaurants.


  • Portsmouth University - approx 17,000 Students and the main campus is located just off the High Street. It is a Centre of applied research in design and advanced technology, maritime, fine art, history of collecting, film, media and cultural studies, political and international studies, law and a broad range of business disciplines.
  • City College - The largest further education college in Southampton. The college provides a range of courses to students from the local area, including NVQs, BTECs, Apprenticeships, ESOL programmes and Access courses.


  • Road - There is a very good road network into and out of the City Centre. To the North is "The Avenue" (A33), which links straight to the M3 motorway. Westwards, the A3024 / A35 follows the docks out of the City towards Totton and the M27 towards Bournemouth. To the East, there is the A3025 heading towards Woolston and the A3024 towards Bitterne.
  • Rail - The city has several mainline railway stations, on two different direct South West Trains routes to London Waterloo. There is also a South West Trains stopping service to Southampton Central (providing connections to Crosscountry services to Birmingham and Manchester), and a service by First Great Western to Cardiff Central via Southampton, Salisbury, Bath and Bristol. Southern also offer services to Brighton and London Victoria.
  • Coach - Local bus services are provided by First Hampshire & Dorset and Stagecoach serving the city of Portsmouth and the surroundings of Havant, Leigh Park, Waterlooville, Fareham, Petersfield and long distance service 700 to Chichester, Worthing and Brighton. Hovertravel and Stagecoach run the Hoverbus from the City Centre to Southsea Hovercraft Terminal National Express services from Portsmouth run mainly from The Hard Interchange to London, Cornwall, Bradford, Birkenhead and Eastbourne.
  • Ferry - Portsmouth Harbour has passenger ferry links to Gosport and the Isle of Wight. Britain's longest-standing commercial hovercraft service, still runs (for foot passengers) from near Clarence Pier to Ryde, Isle of Wight. Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port has links to Caen, Cherbourg-Octeville, St Malo and Le Havre in France, Bilbao and Santander, Cantabria, in Spain and the Channel Islands.
  • Airport - The nearest airport is Southampton Airport, approximately 20 miles from the City Centre

Places of Interest...

Having a very strong maritime history, Portsmouth has more than its fair share of places of interest, ranging from the Historic Dockyard to the Blue Reef Aquarium, but the following are worth a look:

• Portsmouth Museum - Located in Old Portsmouth

• Charles Dickens birth place - Located in Mile End Road

• D Day Museum

• Spiniker Tower

Notable people who either hail from Portsmouth or who have lived in the city include:

• Sir Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Famous Engineer of the Industrial Revolution

• Charles Dickens - author

• Arthur Conan Doyle - author of the Sherlock Holmes Novels

• Rudyard Kipling - author of the Jungle Book

• James Callaghan - (Prime Minister 1976–1979)

• Peter Sellers - comedian & actor

• Roger Hodgson - singer (Supertramp)

• Joe Jackson - musician & singer

• Arnold Schwarzenegger

• Helen Duncan - the last woman imprisoned under the 1735 Witchcraft Act in the UK!