About Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is notable for being the United Kingdom's only island city; it is mainly onPortsea Island. It is situated 64 miles (103 km) south west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south east ofSouthampton.
Portsmouth, Virginia is located on the Elizabeth River, tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Portsmouth has one of the oldest working harbors in the country. You may see ships passing by the downtown seawall, including Navy ships traveling to and from the Norfolk Naval Station.
As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there. There is also a thriving commercial ferryport serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. The City of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club are both nicknamed Pompey.
The City of Portsmouth has a population of 209,166 and is the only city in England with a greater population density (5,145 /km2 (13,330 /sq mi)) than London (4,984 /km2 (12,910 /sq mi)). Portsmouth forms part of the South Hampshire Built-up Area, which includes Southampton, Havant, Eastleigh, Fareham andGosport, and is the 6th largest urban area in England and the largest in Hampshire, with an estimated 860,000 residents according to the 2011 Census this area forms the centre of one of the United Kingdom'smost populous metropolitan areas with a population in excess of a million.
Portsmouth is a great place to attend cocerts. There’s a concert pavilionright on the water that hosts top national caliber acts and Willet Hall is the city’s modern performance venue. If you’re into movies, you should go catch a film at the Commodore Theatre, a restored Art Deco theater with a dining area in the auditorium – check out our Portsmouth Entertainment page for details. Portsmouth also has several nice museums, including an excellent children’s museum.
Direct trains run hourly from London Victoria (£20, two hours) and half-hourly from London Waterloo (£37, 2¼ hours). For the Historic Dockyard, get off at the final stop, Portsmouth Harbour. Other departures:
Brighton (£16, two hours, hourly)
Chichester (£8, 30 minutes, half-hourly)
Southampton (£10, one hour, half-hourly)
Winchester (£12, one hour, hourly)
There are hourly, direct National Express (www.nationalexpress.com) buses from London Victoria (£11, two hours). Bus 700 runs frequently to Chichester (£5, one hour).