The second largest city in the county of Hampshire, Portsmouth is England’s only city to be based on an island. The city boasts a long naval history and is home to the world’s oldest working dry docks, which are still in use. The Dockyards are a major part of the city and its attractions including the D-Day Museum. A number of historic warships including the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior pull in crowds while Southsea Castle, the Royal Marines Museum and the Blue Reed Aquarium are also very popular with locals and tourists.
Like any major city, Portsmouth has a number of SMEs and businesses occupying office space in the area. This includes solicitors, calligraphers, photographers, accountants, publishing houses, website developers, software companies and IT consultants. BAE Systems Surface Ships has an office in the area while IBM, Zurich Financial Services and Northrop Grumman also have a major presence in Portsmouth.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Portsmouth is known for its vibrant entertainment scene led by classical theatre at venues like The New Royal Theatre and King’s Theatre. The Wedgewood Rooms, along with The Guildhall, are the places to go for live music while a variety of performances take place regularly at the Geeta Basra Halls. Portsmouth offers a number of mouth-watering possibilities when it comes to dining out including French cuisine at Restaurant 27, local English delicacies at Barnabys, a variety of European food at Montparnasse and Turkish delights at Nemrut.
Portsmouth has an impressive public transport system that comprises a number of bus routes and coach services. Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth and Southsea railway stations are the three main stations with Fratton, Hilsea and Cosham stations also part of the city’s infrastructure. Southampton Airport is the nearest link to air-travel while Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port provide over-sea connectivity.