Welcome to Portsmouth

What’s it like to live in Portsmouth, looking for a guide to living in Portsmouth? Read our Portsmouth area guide to find out more.

Portsmouth is a waterfront city with copious amounts of maritime heritage located on the south coast of England, opposite the Isle of Wight.

It is just under two hours to reach London by car or train. It is also the only city situated on an island (Portsea Island) in England.

Founded in the Middle Ages in 1180 by John of Gisors and is famous for many things, including Charles Dickens’s birthplace, Henry VIII’s renowned fortification – Southsea Castle, and the historic dockyard which homes Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, among others.

Portsmouth and Southsea are trendy places to live on the south coast; their diversity attracts various buyers to the area. Southsea is known as a comparatively young and modern area with a median age of 34.

Southsea is popular with first-time buyers and investment buyers; however, local primary and secondary schools’ reasonable proximity allows for wonderful family life by the coast.

For more information about the greater Portsmouth area property market contact our estate agent Mark Bruce or for the ‘Visit Portsmouth Area Guide’ website click here.


Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on England’s south coast, mostly spread across Portsea Island. It’s known for its maritime heritage and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Things to do

There are some great things to do in Portsmouth. Still, the top attractions as rated on TripAdvisor are to visit the famous historic dockyard to see the HMS Victory and the Mary Rose, go up the Spinnaker tower to see Portsmouth from upon high and while you’re there go shopping around the brilliant Gunwharf Quays. Find out more here.

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