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Portsmouth is the second largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. The local authority, Portsmouth City Council was given unitary authority district status in 1997. Wikipedia




"Portsmouth ( (listen)) is a port city in Hampshire, England, with a total population of 205,400 residents. The city of Portsmouth is nicknamed Pompey and is mainly built on Portsea Island, a flat, low-lying island measuring 24 square kilometres (9 sq mi) in area, just off the south-east coast of Hampshire. Portsmouth is the only island city in the United Kingdom, and is the only city whose population density exceeds that of London.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's history can be traced back to Roman times. A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock. In the sixteenth century, Portsmouth was England's first line of defence during the French invasion of 1545. By the early nineteenth century, the world's first mass production line was set up in Portsmouth Dockyard's Block Mills, making it the most industrialised site in the world and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Portsmouth was also the most heavily fortified town in the world, and was considered "the world's greatest naval port" at the height of the British Empire throughout Pax Britannica. Defences known as the Palmerston Forts were built around Portsmouth in 1859 in anticipation of another invasion from continental Europe.

In 1926, Portsmouth was officially elevated in status from a town to a city. The motto "Heaven's Light Our Guide", a reference to the city's eight-pointed star and crescent moon emblem, was registered to the City of Portsmouth in 1929. During the Second World War, the city of Portsmouth was bombed extensively in the Portsmouth Blitz, which resulted in the deaths of 930 people. In 1944, Portsmouth was the pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. In 1982, a large proportion of the task force dispatched to liberate the Falkland Islands deployed from the city's naval base. Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia left the city to oversee the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997, which marked for many the end of the empire. In 1997, Portsmouth became a Unitary Authority, with Portsmouth City Council gaining powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined, responsibilities previously held by Hampshire County Council.

Portsmouth is one of the world's best known ports. HMNB Portsmouth is considered to be the home of the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the UK's surface fleet. The city is home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Horatio Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory (the world's oldest naval ship still in commission). The former HMS Vernon naval shore establishment has been redeveloped as a retail park known as Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth is among the few British cities with two cathedrals: the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom's tallest structures at 170 metres (560 ft). Southsea, an area in Portsmouth, is a seaside resort with an amusement arcade on Clarence Pier and a medieval castle.Portsmouth F.C., the city's professional football club, play their home games at Fratton Park in the Milton area of the city, near Fratton railway station. Portsmouth has several mainline railway stations that connect to Brighton, Cardiff, London Victoria and London Waterloo amongst other lines in southern England. Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, handling around three million passengers a year. The city formerly had its own airport, Portsmouth Airport, until its closure in 1973. The University of Portsmouth enrols 23,000 students and is ranked among the world's best modern universities. Portsmouth is also the birthplace of author Charles Dickens, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and former Prime Minister James Callaghan." Wikipedia









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Portsmouth

The city of portsmouth has a vast array of facilities and activities for sailors. It has a small marina Gunwharf Quays immediately near the shopping centre. And several larger marina's close by.

Gunwharf Quay

This marina is a little pokey, and spaces are limited meaning you have to book ahead. The marina facilities are a short walk away near the foot of the spinnaker tower and are quite basic. The best thing though is the location of the mooring to the quayside.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth isn't the prettiest of towns but it has some interesting culture. It's a good place to head over to Cowes!





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1 . Solent yacht Charter

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Marine Superstore
2 . Marine Superstore

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3 . Sunsail Yacht Charter

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Gunwharf Quay
1 . Gunwharf Quay

Fantastically located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, beneath the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays Marina offers immediate access to the Solent and some of the best sailing and c...

Endeavour Quay
2 . Endeavour Quay

A small quay home to yacht builders offers repair facilities.

Gosport Marina
3 . Gosport Marina

Just 500m from the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, Gosport Marina offers immediate access to the Solent and with it the opportunity to experience all the delights of boating on the South Coast. A wort...

Haslar Marina
4 . Haslar Marina

The friendly atmosphere at Haslar Marina is supported by the active Haslar Yacht Club, helpful on-site businesses and bars, and the can-do approach of our staff. Some of our berth holders have been...

Royal Clarence Marina
5 . Royal Clarence Marina

Once the Royal Navy Victualling Yard, Royal Clarence is a deep water marina of 145 berths, accessible at all states of the tide. Its fantastic sheltered position, close to the mouth of Portsmouth h...

Southsea Marina
6 . Southsea Marina

Nestling on the Eastney Peninsula, in the quieter reaches of Langstone Harbour, Southsea Marina is perfectly located for exploring the delights of the Solent. A friendly, working marina, ideal for ...

Port Solent Marina
7 . Port Solent Marina

Port Solent is at the northern most point of Portsmouth Harbour some 45minutes of motoring up a dredged channel. The marina provides excellent shelter and facilities. Port Solent is a worthy recipi...

Ryde Harbour
8 . Ryde Harbour

Ryde Harbour is situated on the seafront on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. The Harbour is ideal for family cruising holidays as it is located next to Ryde's long sandy beaches and only...

Northney Marina
9 . Northney Marina

Northney Marina is situated on the north shore of Hayling Island within Chichester Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe. The facilities at this 228-berth marina include a relax...

Sparkes Marina
10 . Sparkes Marina

Sparkes Marina, on the south-east tip of Hayling Island, lies within Chichester Harbour – one of Europe's largest natural harbours. The area is famous for its birds and marine life and stunning s...

Wooteton Creek
11 . Wooteton Creek

A couple of pontoons offer shore side mooring for shallow draft boats.

Duver Marina
12 . Duver Marina

This long pontoon is often full of yachts rafting three or four abreast.

Bembridge Marina
13 . Bembridge Marina

Access to the Harbour is restricted to High Water + or - 3 hrs for vessels drawing 1.5m. Bembridge Marina, home to 80 permanent berth holders, has a taxi landing spot and is the stop off for the Br...

Emsworth Marina
14 . Emsworth Marina

We have 225 fully serviced pontoon berths arranged on five pontoons, A, B, C, D and Dock together with a visitor pontoon for five or six boats. All the pontoon walkways and fingers have been renewe...

Whitegates Pontoons
15 . Whitegates Pontoons

Visitor moorings just past the Chain Ferry on the port side. You will need to use the water taxis or your dinghy to get ashore. These moorings are quiet and ideal for craft wishing to stay overnigh...

Whitegates Pontoons
16 . Whitegates Pontoons

Visitor moorings just past the Chain Ferry on the port side. You will need to use the water taxis or your dinghy to get ashore. These moorings are quiet and ideal for craft wishing to stay overnigh...

Shepards Wharf Marina
17 . Shepards Wharf Marina

Short-term and overnight berthing managed and run by friendly staff who know and love their local area and whose mission is to help you draw the best from your boating experiences. Wide water acces...

Cowes Yacht Haven
18 . Cowes Yacht Haven

Cowes Yacht Haven represents the heart of the sailing world in Cowes. Whether you are looking to berth your boat or entertain corporate clients in a unique setting, Cowes Yacht Haven has it all. ...

Town Quay
19 . Town Quay

Adjacent to the Red Jet terminal and in front of the Cowes Harbour Office providing easy, walk-ashore access direct to Cowes High Street. Vessels of up to 7m in length are permitted to use the pont...

Trinity Landing
20 . Trinity Landing

Trinity Landing is located just inside the entrance to Cowes Harbour and provides walk-ashore access to the heart of Cowes. It is often used as a landing point for visiting vessels.

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Gosport
1 . Gosport
(England )

Gosport is a Borough town in the South Hampshire conurbation, on the south coast of Hampshire in southern England. The 2011 Census recorded its population as 82,622.Wikipedia

Cosham
2 . Cosham
(England )

Cobham is an inland town at the North Western end of Portsmouth Harbour.

Portchester
3 . Portchester
(England )

A small inland town at the Northern end of Portsmouth Harbour.

Lee-on-the-Solent
4 . Lee-on-the-Solent
(England )

A small coast town west of Portsmouth overlooking the Isle of Wight.

South Hayling
5 . South Hayling
(Hayling Island )

A large town on the southern coast of Hayling Island.

Fareham
6 . Fareham
(Hayling Island )

A large inland town connected to the English Channel by Salterns Lake and Portsmouth Harbour.

Ryde
7 . Ryde
(Isle of Wight )

Ryde is a seaside town on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight with an unusual long pier for a ferry terminal that has a train running long it. Home to a small local harbour.

Hill Head
8 . Hill Head
(England )

A small coastal town west of Portsmouth overlooking the Isle of Wight.

St. Helens, Ryde
9 . St. Helens, Ryde
(Isle of Wight )

St Helen's is a small town just inland from Bembridge on the east of Isle of Wight.

Emsworth
10 . Emsworth
(England )

Emsworth is tucked in behind hayling and fowley islands and is home to Emsworth Yacht Harbour.

Bembridge
11 . Bembridge
(Isle of Wight )

Bembridge is a town on the eastern most point of the Isle of Wight.

East Cowes
12 . East Cowes
(Isle of Wight )

Cowes is an English seaport town and civil parish on the Isle of Wight. Cowes is located on the west bank of the estuary of the River Medina, facing the smaller town of East Cowes on the east bank....

Cowes
13 . Cowes
(Isle of Wight )

Cowes is a very popular sailing destination on the Isle of Wight home to round the island race.

East Wittering
14 . East Wittering
(England )

A town on the Southern coast of England adjoining Bracklesham.

Warsash
15 . Warsash
(England )

Warsash is on the river humble on the opposite side of the river to Hamble-Le-Rice.

Bosham
16 . Bosham
(England )

A small town at the end of the Bosham Channel connected to the English Channel by Chichester Harbour.

Sandown
17 . Sandown
(Isle of Wight )

Sandown, Lake and Shanklin form a large town on the south east coastline of the Isle of Wight.

Lower Swanwick
18 . Lower Swanwick
(England )

Lower Swanwick is up the River Hamble with a large marina, the A27 bridge blocks masted boats from heading further up the river.

Hamble
19 . Hamble
(England )

Hamble-le-Rice is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Eastleigh in Hampshire, UK. It is best known for being an aircraft training centre during the Second World War and is a popular yachti...

Birdham
20 . Birdham
(Hayling Island )

A small village close to the Chichester Channel and the English Channel.

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Dartmouth
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