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Living And Working In Portsmouth

Joanna Clare

Portsmouth is in the county of Hampshire and is situated on the south east coast of England. The city is the UKs only island city due to Portsea creek separating it from the mainland.

It is only 70 miles from London and is very well connected by rail, road and sea.

Portsmouth is a port city and holds a strong affinity (which goes back centuries) with the Royal Navy which is why you will often hear Portsmouth being described as ‘Home of the Royal Navy’. The Portsmouth International Port is a major UK port and has the responsibility of both cargo and passengers.

Portsmouth Naval Base is home to many of the Royal Navy's surface ships and the base continues to be a major employer within the city.

The historic south west side of the Naval Base allows members of the public to explore and admire maritime attractions such as The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory and several extremely interesting museums and galleries offer exciting insights into days gone by, often with a maritime theme. Many historic buildings are still standing, having been well cared for and maintained over the centuries.

There are five beaches that are in and around Portsmouth and Gosport is just across the harbour from Portsmouth, only five minutes on a ferry which also has a strong and interesting Naval connection.

Gunwharf Quays is a modern outlet shopping centre, both indoor and outdoor and has many shops, bars and restaurants. More traditional and high street shops are found in the ever popular Portsmouth city centre.

Although the city of Portsmouth is fairly densely populated, Portsmouth has plenty of spectacular countryside surrounding it. These include areas such as The New Forest, The South Downs National Parks and the Isle of Wight which is easily accessible by hovercraft or ferry.

It is a world renowned and highly respected city for many major sectors which include marine and maritime sectors, advanced manufacturing and engineering, aerospace and defence, environmental technologies, I.T and digital and creative.  Hospitality plays a major role in Portsmouth due to the huge amount of tourism which draws in well in excess of nine million visitors a year.

The popular and diverse University of Portsmouth attracts students from all over the world and continues to excel in many areas including research.

Portsmouth is an economically strong and vibrant city with an abundance of things to see, do and experience. It is a city which is brimming with fascinating history yet looks to the future by embracing everything modern. It is a city that has designer shopping, a historic dockyard and a naval town along with beaches plus its own Victorian promenade on Southsea seafront. The city of Portsmouth offers the ultimate lifestyle and definitely has something to offer everyone.  

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