"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Portsmouth

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 on Portsea Island. It is situated 64 miles (103 km) south west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south east of Southampton.

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 Spinnaker Tower is a striking recent addition to the city's skyline. It can be found in the redeveloped former HMS Vernon, formerly a shore establishment or 'stone frigate' of the Royal Navy, now an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays.

The City of Portsmouth has a population of 209,166 and is the only city in England with a greater population density (5,145 sq mi)) than London (4,984 sq mi)). Portsmouth forms part of the South Hampshire Built-up Area, which includes Southampton, Havant, Eastleigh, Fareham and Gosport, 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's most populous metropolitan areas with a population in excess of a million.

Local authority: Portsmouth City Council

OS Grid Reference: SU646023

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Things to see and do in and around Portsmouth

  • Fuzzy Eds at The Sovereigns
  • Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum
  • Aspex Gallery
  • Eastney Beam Engine House
  • Natural History Museum
  • The D Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
  • Catholic Cathedral of St John
  • Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Miniport Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  • Curious About Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Indoor Tennis Centre
  • Bowlplex Portsmouth
  • Miniport at Gunwharf Quays
  • Spinnaker Tower
  • Portsmouth City Museum
  • Playzone
  • Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower
  • Local Haunts Portsmouth
  • Royal Garrison Church
  • Oakleaf Brewing Company Ltd
  • Clarence Pier
  • Pirate Petes Indoor Play
  • Portsmouth Natural History Museum
  • Southsea Skatepark
  • Royal Navy Submarine Museum
  • D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
  • Royal Marines Museum
  • Blue Reef Aquarium
  • Southsea Model Village
  • D Day Museum

Tourist Information

Gosport
Tourist Information Centre
Bus Station Complex
South Street
Hampshire
England
PO12 1EP

Phone 02392 522 944
Email tourism@gosport.gov.uk
http://www.discovergosport.co.uk/

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Forecast for Thursday 27 April

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Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 1°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1021
Humidity 89%
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09:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 8°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
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Pressure 1021
Humidity 58%
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12:00


Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 11°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1019
Humidity 39%
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15:00


Chance of rain 9%
Max temp. 11°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
WNW
Pressure 1018
Humidity 45%
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18:00


Chance of rain 11%
Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
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Pressure 1018
Humidity 66%
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21:00


Chance of rain 10%
Max temp. 9°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Pressure 1018
Humidity 78%
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