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About Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is located 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton. With the surrounding towns of Gosport, Fareham, Havant and Waterlooville, Portsmouth forms the eastern half of the South Hampshire metropolitan area, which includes Southampton and Eastleigh in the western half.

Portsmouth is a port city and naval base, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s known for its maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The dockyard is home to the interactive National Museum of the Royal Navy, the wooden warship HMS Victory, where Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar, and HMS Warrior 1860. The Tudor ship Mary Rose is also conserved in a dockyard museum.



Portsmouth Travel Links

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One of Portsmouth's great advantages is its central location on the south coast and impressive transport links. Portsmouth is located on the South coast of England with excellent rail, road and ferry links.

  • Around an hour from London by road
  • 90 minutes from London by rail
  • National Express coach connections across the U.K.
  • International ferries to France, Spain and the Channel Islands
  • Cruise terminal at Portsmouth International Port
  • Ferries and hovercraft to the Isle of Wight, Gosport and Hayling Island



Taxi Firms in Portsmouth

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With so much to do within Portsmouth and the neighbouring towns, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights and visit attractions.

Portsmouth is well served when it comes to getting a taxi. There are local firms such as Aqua Cars, City Wide and Andi Cars in operation 24/7, as well as drivers for popular app-based cab company Uber.

These run short services across the island or can accommodate longer bookings for those travelling further afield (such as to Gatwick or Southampton airports).



Hotels and Guest Houses in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is a popular tourist destination, for which it's been helped along by the huge events hosted here every year. Whether it's the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series racing or the ever-expanding Victorious Festival, Portsmouth is home to events that bring people in from all over. Add this to the year-round attractions (like Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Southsea Castle and the Emirates Spinnaker Tower) and it's no surprise that people are electing to stay in Portsmouth for more than just the day.

G Boutique Hotel -
This stylish hotel is located by Southsea seafront, 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. It offers unique rooms with free Wi-Fi, free parking and luxury buffet and a la carte breakfasts.

Seacrest Hotel -
The Seacrest Hotel is situated on Southsea's seafront, looking out over award-winning gardens to the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

The Pier -
Less than 10 minutes’ walk from Clarence Pier in Portsmouth, this historically listed building is in Bellevue Terrace giving you a very central base from which to explore all that Portsmouth has to offer.

Ibis Portsmouth -
This modern hotel is in Portsmouth city centre, just 550 yards from Portsmouth and Southsea Rail Station. The Ibis Hotel Portsmouth has a 24-hour snack menu, on-site parking and a stylish restaurant



Places to Get Married in Portsmouth

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With its rich naval and sea-faring history, Portsmouth is full of fantastic places to celebrate your special day. From spa hotels in the surrounding countryside to historic buildings on the dockside, the choice is limitless.

Portsmouth Guildhall –
right in the centre of historic Portsmouth, the perfect location for the wedding day you have been dreaming of. Best known for its gorgeous exterior and steps leading into the grand bronze doors, this venue offers you one of the most magnificent entrances to a wedding celebration. You and your guests will enjoy, and never forget, the magical surroundings of Portsmouth’s premier wedding venue

HMS Warrior -
Discover one of the most sought-after locations on the South coast; the famous HMS Warrior 1860. This unique venue provides the perfect setting for a truly memorable wedding, making the most of the spectacular views across Portsmouth's famous harbour. This historic venue blends its original charm, character, and Victorian splendour with the superb service of 21st-century hospitality.

Best Western Royal Beach Hotel -
with panoramic views over the Solent, and five superb suites perfect for the entire day’s proceedings, Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in Portsmouth, Hampshire has everything you need to host an unforgettable wedding day. With a past reaching back 150 years in hosting some of the most spectacular weddings on the south coast, your wedding would be adding to their rich history.

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Event Planning in Portsmouth

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Complete your event in Portsmouth with DarkStar Discos, the Portsmouth marquee hire experts that offer the following services which can reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing -let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the ones taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event-planning needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Portsmouth marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Portsmouth

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Abarbistro -
soak up the relaxed feel of New England at Abarbistro, the perfect place to unwind and enjoy great food and drink in a laid-back environment. Whatever you fancy, whatever the hour, Abarbistro is the ideal spot to unwind and watch the world go by while enjoying fabulous food and drink. Located on the bustling and historic camber dock, just a stone's throw from Gunwharf Quays, the restaurant boasts unrivalled views of the Spinnaker Tower.

Nicholsons -
is situated in the increasingly popular Albert Road area of Southsea and offers some of the best value to be found locally, with a great selection of authentic Spanish tapas dishes and main courses including paella (served in a traditional paella pan), fresh fish and steaks.

Spice Route -
based in Palmerston Road, Southsea, within walking distance from the seafront and Southsea shopping precinct, Spice Route - Indian Cuisine brings you dishes from Bangladesh and the Indian Subcontinent. The chef has over 10 years’ experience of working in various restaurants in the South of England, creating new and innovative dishes using only the freshest ingredients.



Top Things to do in Portsmouth

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There are plenty of places to visit in Portsmouth, whatever you're looking to get out of your trip. It has all the big attractions, like the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Southsea Castle and Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum. If it's some retail therapy you want, this is also the place to find the best shopping areas, from the designer outlets of Gunwharf Quays to the Commercial Road High Street and independent Albert Road.

If you're looking for a cultural break filled with theatre, film, museums and art, all the big theatres are here, including two (the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal) that were designed by revered architect Frank Matcham. Portsmouth is also home to a range of live music; the city's gig venues having played host to some of the world's biggest and best-loved acts.

Portsmouth is alive with history, and you can discover the story of Portsmouth which includes Southsea Castle, from which Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose sink to the bottom of the Solent. Portsmouth is also home to many museums and libraries, which house historical works from two of the city’s greatest sons; Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Additionally, you can find out about Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which houses a number of iconic warships, including HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and HMS Alliance and not forgetting the Mary Rose Museum, of course, which offers a glimpse into Tudor life, alongside the majestic ship in a new, much more open setting.



Portsmouth Today

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There are so many things to do in Portsmouth that it's far too much to fit into one weekend. Whether you're after a cultural break, the chance to take in some seaside strolls, or something else entirely, you're certain to be spoilt for choice. Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city packed with great reasons to visit.

From the pomp and ceremony of their proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.

Ideally situated on the south coast of England, the UK’s only island city is ideal for a short break by the sea. There are lots of things to do in Portsmouth, with magnificent museums, live music venues, contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, nightlife, festivals and countless events throughout the year.



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