“ Portsmouth is a city of about 189,000 people located in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of England, United Kingdom. The administrative unit itself forms part of the wider Portsmouth conurbation, with an estimated population of 442,252 residents within its boundaries, making it the 11th largest urban area in England. A significant naval port for centuries, it is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and to many famous ships. Portsmouth has declined as a military port in recent years but remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy. There is a commercial port serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. „
Portsmouth has been a place I have visited since a child.
My family lived there and I had many a holiday spent there,all of my memories of portsmouth are happy ones and my son now supports portsmouth football team as he too loves the place with a passion.
Portsmouth has a stunning pebbled beach and beautiful clear water.The isle of wight is a short trip away.There are many hotel on the sea front and loads of history linked to portsmouth.It has a lovely castle which has a tunnel that leads out to the sea and was used to help escape from the castle when it was attacked.
There is a sea life centre which also sits on the sea front and is a great tourist attraction.
There is a naval base where my cousin worked at and you could go and visit all the ships in the harbour, one of my favourites is the victory which you can also go on board and have a tour round with a talk about each part of the ship and where nelson allegedly died.
Its a great sight to see, the naval ships come in for repairs and look enormous when you stand next to them.
In old south sea you can even visit the house where nelson lived.
There are three very good shopping centres in portsmouth with a wide variety of shops for all to choose from.
Portsmouth for me holds a very special place in my heart and hopefully one day I will return and show my grandchildren all the special places I went to as a child myself.
What can I say? I love my Pompey. I was born here and have lived here all my life. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.
I suppose it is true of other cities, but I just feel so loyal to Portsmouth and I know a lot of other people from Portsmouth are just the same.
We now have a great football team who are doing well and our fans are amongst the most respected in the country I believe (the only ones that don't like us are Southampton fans).
We have the wonderful Gunwharf Quays and our precious Spinnaker Tower which has put us on the map. Obvously, our heritage is important too with our dockyard and historic ships.
The other shopping areas in Portsmouth are Cascades and Commercial Road for all of the usual high street stores, Palmerston Road in Southsea which also has high street stores and there are also some unusual shops located at Port Solent which also has lots of great pubs and restaurants which are good for a quite drink and meal.
Some things to look forward to in Portsmouth are the creation of Portsmouth FC's new ground and the continuing development of the shopping area in Commercial Road and Cascades.
There is plenty to see and do in Portsmouth and people could easily come here for a short break and never get bored. Come down and see us if you have never been.
Portsmouth has in my opinion a great football team and the fans really lift the roof at Fratton Park, Portsmouth has a big shopping centre which has a vast majority of the main retailers and a good day is to be had browsing the shops, you will definitely find what your looking for and some bargains may be found.
Gunwhalf quays is in Portsmouth which is a shopping centre built next to the harbour and is also home to the famous spinnaker tower, from the spinnaker tower you have fantastic views of Portsmouth. Most of the shops in Gunwhalf quays are quite expensive but good quality things are for sale. Gunwhalf quays also has a big cinema which shows all the latest flicks, it is also where you go for a good night out drinking and eating as it has a vast amount of pubs, bars and restaurants.
Port Solent is another landmark of Portsmouth there is a few shops located around a harbour, the shops are not much to speak of but there is also lots of bars and restaurants which offer good dining whilst looking out across the harbour.
I love Portsmouth as there is just so much to do and see and would definetly recommend a visit to friends or family. Everytime my parents have visited they always say what good shopping centres Portsmouth has and they love to come and visit because of this.
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I was born in Portsmouth and lived there until the age of nineteen; after spells in Manchester, Southport, Paris and many years in Cairo, I found myself back there in 1999. Although I now live just outside, I still work in Portsmouth four mornings a week and am now considering moving back once more. It does have its attractions.
In the past, Portsmouth has often fallen behind other cities on the south coast of England, namely Southampton and Brighton, not offering the same variety of cultural events for example. More recently it has begun to hold its own with the ever-expanding university, the development of Gunwharf Quays, and a premiership football team.
Portsmouth has traditionally been the home of a large naval base, and the dockyard area eventually became known as the Historic Dockyard, housing Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and the remains of the Mary Rose from the time of King Henry VIII. This could provide an excellent educational day out for families. About five minutes' walk from the dockyard will take you to Gunwharf Quays, the focal point of which is now the curvaceous 170-metre-high Spinnaker Tower, from the top of which can be seen panoramic views of the city itself, Portsmouth Harbour, the Isle of Wight, Gosport to the west and Portsdown Hill to the north. Residents of Portsmouth are entitled to a discount on the entry fee if they can show proof of address, but be prepared for queues at weekends and holiday times.
Gunwharf Quays provides a centre for both residents and visitors, offering shops, a cinema, restaurants, nighclubs, pubs, cafes and a small art gallery. The most pleasant way of dining out here in fine weather is down on the waterfront, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. Choose from Spanish, Italian, Indian, French or American food, or simply have a drink and watch the ferries going off to France. If you find Gunwharf Quays is really to your liking, you could buy a flat there. It does attract the crowds, however, but if they get you down, follow the Millennium Path along to Old Portsmouth where you can have a drink at the Still and West pub or visit the Sallyport Tearooms on Broad Street.
On High Street, Old Portsmouth, is the Cathedral, a modest one compared to those of neighbouring cities Winchester and Chichester. It does, nevertheless, house Charles II's original marriage certificate as well as a fragment of the flag that flew at the Battle of Trafalgar and was carried at Admiral Lord Nelson's funeral procession. High Street is also the location of Portsmouth Grammar School, by far the best independent school that the city has to offer, although Portsmouth High School for Girls also has an excellent reputation. Just around the corner from High Street on Museum Road is the City Museum and Art Gallery.
The Commercial Road pedestrian precinct is the main shopping centre in Portsmouth. Debenham's have recently taken over Allders department store, and John Lewis have plans to build a store on the site of the now-demolished ugly Tricorn building. This area is being kept on its toes now that some shoppers prefer to visit Gunwharf Quays, but all the major banks are situated in Commercial Road and it is in close proximity to the university. Only about a hundred yards away you will find Victoria Park, a pleasant spot for city sunbathing, and fun for children who can see rabbits and guinea pigs there, perhaps even a peacock spreading its glorious tail. Just behind the park are the local swimming baths.
Going south from Commercial Road past Portsmouth and Southsea railway station you will come to Portsmouth Guildhall, where I can remember seeing both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in concert as a teenager in the early sixties. Close by are the central library and the recently refurbished New Theatre Royal on Guildhall Walk, which is also well known for its clubs and bars.
Not far north of Commercial Road you can visit the birthplace of the great nineteenth-century writer, Charles Dickens. Away from the city centre, North End is a sizeable residential area with plenty of small shops, a cinema, pubs, fast-food outlets and several banks. More attractive, however, is Southsea with its seafront albeit lacking in sand Canoe Lake, D-Day Museum, Blue Reef Aquarium, Natural History Museum/Butterfly House and Southsea Castle, dating from the time of Henry VIII. Crossing Southsea Common, you will soon reach Palmerston Road, a shopping centre with a good variety of eateries and one or two pubs. The Albert Road area of Southsea is popular with students; it is lined with small shops and restaurants, as well as being the home of the Wedgewood Rooms, the one remaining live music venue.
For those who live in Portsmouth and want to go for days out or short breaks nearby, there is plenty of choice. Portsmouth has good rail links to London (Waterloo) with a journey time of around ninety minutes, as well as to Southampton, Brighton or even Cardiff. There is a car ferry service to the Isle of Wight, or foot passengers can take the 'fast cat' or again the hovercraft from Clarence Pier. Hayling Island offers an alternative beach and can be reached by a brief ferry journey from Eastney. Ferries from Portsmouth Harbour run to Gosport where there is a Submarine Museum.
Just north of the city Portchester Castle is worth a visit, or go a little further to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park on the A3 shortly before the charming market town of Petersfield. There is also a delightful open air museum not far away in West Sussex.
Portsmouth is of course a continental ferry port offering crossings to Le Havre, Caen, Cherbourg and St. Malo in France, Bilbao in Spain, and Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Leaving first thing, you could even fit in a day trip to France.
For those who love the sea, Portsmouth is an ideal location. But there is now an increasing number of amenities that make it an interesting place for families, students or retired couples. Some may still prefer Brighton, but housing in Portsmouth is at a much more affordable price. For most of us, this is a major consideration.
As a day trip from London, I reccommend conquering your prejudices and making your way down to Portsmouth and Gosport. As there are already several opinions written about the Dockyard itself (HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose et cetera), so I shall share my experiences of three other worthwhile attractions: the Royal Marines Museum, the D-Day Museum and the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport. Royal Marines Museum: Housed in old Officer's Mess Building in the beautiful Eastney Barracks in the Southsea area of Greater Portsmouth, the Museum tells the history of Britain's premier fighting force. Admission is very reasonable at £4.00 (Adults) and £2.25 (Children and Students). The museum is well curated and can easily be seen in1 to 2 hours. At the moment, the museum holds an excellent exhibit of photographs from the Falklands War. It strikes a good balance between a child/adult appeal as well as between the curious tourist and the military enthusiast. The museums website is: http://www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/ D-Day Museum: Located about a mile down the beach closer to Portsmouth Harbour, the D-Day Museum is another worthwhile experience. Admission is not as good the other two museum but still reasonable by London standards (£5 for Adults and £3 for Students). The musuem has two major sections. The D-Day tapestry, made in the 1960s to commemerate those who died during the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944 is a one-of-a-kind sight to behold. Hundreds of feet long, it winds its way around a specially built circular gallery. Both as a work of art and as feat of manual work it is a masterpiece. The remainder of the museum holds an exhibit detailing the preparations for (Operation Neptune) and the execution of (Operation Overlord) of the invasion. It also has a small but interesting section addressing the war effort in Portsmouth and the South Coast. This musuem, while much dese
rving of a few hours perousal, has more of a feel of a provincial museum than the Royal Marines Museum. The Gift Shop is fairly tacky compared to, say, the Imperial War Museum. Website: http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/ RN Submarine Museum, Gosport: It is a bit of a wander to get from the D-Day Museum to the ferry across the harbour to Gosport and then to get down to the sub museum. Let me assure you, however, that it is worth the visit. Admission is £4 for adults and £2.75 for concessions. The highlight of the museum is the guided tour of the resident submarine HMS Alliance (constructed 1945), which, in my case, was expertly given by a friendly and knowledgable stoker who had served upon her in his youth. The tour gave me a real insight into the life of a submariner - especialy the vulnerability one must feel when separated from hundreds of tons of water by only a steel bulkhead. The tour takes about 45 minutes and encompasses virtually every section of the sub. The land-based museum introduces the vistor to the history of British submarines - right up to the present day. I found it fascinating (I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to such things), but I realize it may seem a bit much to the casual visitor. The history is not to technology-orientated however - the exhibits focus as much upon the life of the submariners themselves as it does on the vessels they operated. An interesting touch are the periscopes from HMS Conqueror, the submarine which sunk the Belgrano during the Falklands war. These are installed in the lower gallery, giving visitors the opportunity to look out across the harbour. Like the other museums, one can comfortably see it in about 2 hours or so. Website: http://www.rnsubmus.co.uk/ All in all, these three sights make for a satisfying day in Portsmouth. Bursting with maritime history, anyone who has not yet been down should make it their priority this summer.
Well this is my first opinion at dooyoo so i might as well write about something i know, my hometiown - Portsmouth. I have lived about 15 minutes north of the city of Portsmouth and was born in St Mary's hospital. It has a great location on the South coast, it provides access to many areas, including the Isle of Wight. It can take as little as an 1/2 an hour by hovercraft. It is situated right in the centre of the south coast, the next city, Southampton is 30 miles away. The city got its name because it is at the top of the 'mouth' which is blocked by the Isle of Wight. In the old days, Portsmouth was famous throughout the world as being a naval port, and was almost impossible to capture. Which = Portsmouth geddit? Fantastic. The dockyard is found in Old Portsmouth, which is a great day out for all the family, King Henry VIII famous flagship, the Mary Rose, which mysteriously sunk in the harbour, has been stored in a museum. Also there are the famous HMS Victory and HMS Nelson. HMS Victory was the ship which Admiral Lord Nelson was on where he was shot and consequently died. A plaque marks the place where he died. I visited here when i was a kid, with my junior school. At the time the funny joke was, "no wonder Nelson fell here, there is a plaque on the floor" everyone was deliberately tripping over this. My god what was i like... Anyway the city offers many more attractions, the football team, named after the city play in Fratton, in the heart of the city. Also there are the Cascade shopping centre, which is like a high street, market and indoor mall all in one place, and many cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys. I think the city of Portsmouth offers a great place for holidays, and in the summer is one of the hottest places in the UK.
I lived in Portsmouth for eight years, so I am writing this opinion from the perspective of a resident. I moved there in 1988 to study at the Polytechnic there, living 210 miles from my home, Lincoln. I started out as a student, then got married and had children, so my requirements changed over the time I was there. This is my overall view of the city. I don’t find Portsmouth a very pretty place really. It is not somewhere I would recommend for its scenery, as it has very little. My main images of the city are of grey brick buildings. But of course, that is not to say it has no attractions at all, because there are plenty of things to do there. We used to often visit Canoe Lake - the boating lake near the sea-front - which has a wonderful enclosed children’s play area. It can get packed on a Summer Sunday though, so get there before midday to avoid the rush and the queue for refreshments. The sea-front itself is pretty tacky, in my opinion, much like the seaside of Skegness, Weston-Super-Mare and countless others, but then, I am not a big seaside person anyway. There are the usual amusement arcades, ice-cream vans, chip shops and giant sticky lollies. There is a large funfair too, an indoor children’s play area and the beach, although I have seen better sand ! You can watch the ships, of course, as many big warships and different sized vessels regularly come in and out. The hoverport is situated there too and you can watch the hovercrafts rising up on their inflatable cushions, before heading off on the short trip to the Isle of Wight. You can take a trip there yourself, by ferry or hovercraft and the Isle of Wight is worth going to, small but pretty, with quite a few things to do there. You will land at Ryde, but there is the famous Blackgang Chine to see and a lovely little waxworks on the island. There are several free events that take place in Ports
mouth, including the annual free beer festival, which includes live concerts, but can be rather loud and overwhelming at times. I saw Chumbawamba there a few years ago. They often have a circus on Southsea Common too. We have visited both the Chinese circus and the Moscow State circus and I would definitely recommend both of those. The Sea Life Centre is situated on the sea-front and although it is expensive, it is a wonderful experience getting close to the incredible range of fish, not forgetting the delicate sea-horses and the awesome sharks they have there. The touch pool there is often popular with children too. There is also a military museum on the sea front, and if you are interested in history, the Mary Rose is a must. I remember watching the ship being pulled out of the water a few years ago on TV, and now you can visit it and see it for yourself. There are many pubs and clubs in the city, far too many to mention, but they cater for all tastes. Just be careful you get the right one for what you are looking for though, as some are best avoided. You do need to be rather streetwise, so it is often a good idea to consult the locals as to where should be avoided. The nightlife as a whole is excellent though, I loved it as a student, but now consider myself too old for the club scene. There are two theatres in the city, plus the beautiful Guildhall in the town centre, which has the biggest concerts. There are various cinemas too, but the best would be the multiplex at Port Solent, but you will pay multiplex prices there too ! There are two main shopping centres, with the High Street also housing the indoor shopping centre, Cascades. As always, you will find most major shops in Portsmouth, lots of banks, fast food restaurants and so on. Look out for A Fistful of Tacos too, an excellent Mexican restaurant. But in my opinion, the smaller streets are home to the best shops – seco
nd hand bookshops, hippie shops selling ty-dye clothes and incense, sci-fi shops, curio shops, vegan food shops and the like. Try Fawcett Road, Palmerston Road and Clarendon Road for these. The historical Dockyards are part of the city’s history, along with the Victory. But for me, the overall tone of Portsmouth is less of the history, and more of the modern-day - with huge buildings detracting from the omnipresent history. The pervading image is one of the dirty streets, the fear of crime, the incessant flow of traffic and the constant noise. As a student, I loved living in Portsmouth, but once I was older and had children, I was pleased to move away. Although all my kids were born in Portsmouth, I am pleased to be able to bring them up somewhere else.
I grew up in portsmouth - I lived there for 17 years as a child - its my favourite place to be, whether its shopping in one of the shopping malls or taking in some historic sites, Portsmouth truely is a family favourite. My ideal day in Portsmouth would start at one of the many bistro cafes in Albert Road for breakfast, I'd then do a little site seeing, proble visit HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior (I may even have the chance to see some new warships like the new trimarn destroyer or mayber an aircraft carrier). After catching some nostaglia I'd get some lunch at The Still & West which over looks the harbour. After indulging in some great food I'd go and walk it all off, shopping at the Cascades centre. A fairly run of the mill shopping centre, plenty of shops and amenties. Then it would be off to L-esargo for an evening dinner - great french restuarant in Palmerston Road (quite expensive but well worth it). In the evening I'd take in a play at the Kings Thetre, or a show at the Guildhall. What a day I'd have!
Portsmouth is a town on the south coast well known for many reasons. There are the docks where you can get the P&O ferries to the continent like: ST.MALO, CAEN, CHERBOURG, LE-HAVRE, BILBAO and of course there is the other ferries over to the Isle of Wright and to Gosport aswell. You can take your car or go as footpassengers, the prices are quite reasonable aswell. They do special offers aswell like a three day cruise to Bilbao in Spain. Then there is the Historic Dockyard, which is home to the H.M.S VICTORY and WARRIOR, and the Mary Rose. There is also the Royal Naval Museum, Warships by water and the Dockyard Apprentice you will have to visit this place to really understand what i am saying lol. Entry to the Historic Dockyard itself, and the shops and restaurant, is free. You need to buy a ticket to go into the attractions. There you can either buy an individual attraction ticket or a saver ticket including a group of the attractions. You can get here by following the brown tourist signs from the outsskirts of the city. They have a good shopping area aswell all round a massive big indoor shopping centre called Peacocks, which has it own multi storey car park. There are many sign posted car parks in the area aswell. All the other known high street shops are within a main street next to the centre. They have a inside market like centre called The Tricorn centre which is up the top of the town. They have a outdoor market on Saturdays where sell things from vegetables to flowrs and many other things, which is located outside the tricorn centre and behind BritishHomeStore. All the main banks are all situated in this street and their is a Macdonalds and burgerking and wimpy here aswell as other restaurants here. Many music shops and jewellery shops and sports shops aswell just to name a few of the different shops. The train station is situated at the bottom of this street so it is easily accessible to come and go from the shopping area
and other areas. The train station is called Portsmouth&Southsea and goes to the harbour, so you can catch the ferries to the continent and to the Isle of Wright and go to the Dockyard from here to see the famous boats. The trains go north to London Waterloo, and go east to Brighton and beyond. They go west also to Wales and Bournmouth and beyond, so it is a good place to get a train to most places. There is a good bus service going to all the local towns and further on the big coaches, they all go to a place called The Hard, which is a good place to get many buses and coaches to other places, but also most stop in the main town for the shopping area. There is Fratton Park which is the homeground of Portsmouth F.C until they build the new one. Which you can get to by car , bus or a train at Fratton station which is the stop before the main one for portsmouth. Which is hany with all them out of town supporters , keeping them away from the shopping area. Then there is Southsea where there is a beach(which is stoney). Many hotels are here aswell to cater for all pockets. There is a funfair here with many rides, and the Sealife Centre and the Hovercraft over to the Isle of Wright and the big swimming centre called The Pyramids. There is the main M27 road just on the outskirts that go to Brighton one way and to Southampton and beyond the other way. From Suthampton you can get the A31 to bournmouth and beyond through the pictresque New Forest. Then A27 to Brighton and up to A3 up to London, and the M3 to Basingstoke and beyond. So as you can see Portsmouth has alot to offer to you and any tourist.
It's hard to judge a place that you've been living in all your life. I can't really give an outsiders view, but insiders knowledge. As a student in this town I have the added benefits of knowing some relatively cheap places to drink and eat (whichever is more important to you!!) If youre looking for tourist qualities its not that fascinating, unless you like big old rotting boats and that kinda thing. There are some nice views of the Isle of Wight! However, I think Pompey is really trying to get over its 'Come here to go to France' image. You can also go to the Isle of Wight, Gosport ...... hehe. But really, there is stuff to do here if you enjoy eating, drinking, art, you know the kind of thing. Shopping has never really been a strong point, but new developments near the dockyard mean good quality cheap retail outlet shops, and cinemas, are coming, bringing money and jobs, an all that stuff, which is great for us people who are sick of the same ole stuff. There should be other big shops popping up, like Ikea (although that might just be a rumour!!), and Southsea is full of nice little shops that improve constantly. Charity shops are a little limited for those bargain-hunters out there, but stuff around here isnt too expensive anyway. The uni brings lots of students, = cheap pubs for those young enough to be interested. These are mainly in Southsea. Clubs are a little limited ranging from your townie garage type stuff to townie garage stuff. Theyre mostly arounf the South Parade Pier region. A couple of clubs have more alternative indie kinda stuff, and the Wedgewood Rooms (as mentioned on 11 o'clock show - hehe) is a particular favourite of mine, holding all sorts of events, from football watching to hipshaking 60's bopping. Portsmouth has had some pretty bad press recently with the paedophile-bashing campaign, but that was concerned with one relatively small area of Portsmouth. If you are thinking o
f visiting Portsmouth places like Southsea are the best bets. People are generally quite friendly. Southsea also holds some really good eating places (known as restaurants hehehe :) ). I've noticed everyone really trying to make an effort. Yet again Southsea seems to be the best area for this. Although I am told there is a really good chip shop in Northend!! There are more things to explore in Portsmouth than the rather dull museums, it's probably worth having a look if you can find the nice areas.
A Town within a City thats the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth, once a thriving community with factories, offices, houses and a church. It even had its own police force and fire brigade. The workforce had also to care for livestock and generations of cats were fed by workers and sailors to keep down rats.
The Hard at Portsmouth is very often the first place the visitor will begin at, its surroundings serve as a terminal for road, sea, and rail travel. The Hard has changed from the days of the last century when it was known as the "Devils Acre", because of the many public houses and the number of loose women in the area. There were 16 taverns and beerhouses out of a total of 27 buildings.
A few minutes walk from The Hard is Victory Gate built in 1711. Just inside the gate in 1776 a Scot known as "Jack the Painter" was hanged 60ft high from a mast, he was found guilty of burning down the Great Ropehouse and hoped to help the cause of American Independance by crippling naval bases around England. I've been through this gate dozens ot times, the first being back in 1970, even now when I go through the gate it feels as if someones looking down on me.
HMS Warrior, the first ship you see, appeared in 1860 as Britain's answer to French ambitions to rule the waves. With a powerful engine and iron hull meant that she could outrun and outgun any ship afloat and earned her the respect of Napoleon III who described her as "a black snake amongst rabbits".
The Mary Rose sank in the Solent on 19 July 1545, just over a mile from the dry dock where she was built for Henry VIII in 1509. Heavilly laden with troops, the ship took in water through her gun ports, heeled over and sank. Less than three dozen men survived. The ships massive hull can be seen in number 3 dock.
HMS Victory is a monument to Britain's greatest naval battle and her brilliant Admiral. Having survived a demolition order, the ravages of teredo worm and death watch beetle, and even a German bomb in World War II, she is now being restored to her former glory.
Nelson's Navy Seaman's weekly food and drink.
Breakfast-Burgoo(oatmeal porridge with meat or fat)
Main meals-4lbs salt beef, 2lbs salt pork, 2lbs of
dried peas(pease pudding) with cheese or duff.Each
meal served with 1lb biscuit and half pint of grog
(1 gill of rum and 2 parts water)
Supper-half pint wine or beer or half pint of grog
biscuit, cheese and butter (if available.)
There is more to see than what i have wrote about here, this is a place you should visit.