Portsmouth is centrally located on the South Coast and has excellent links to the motorway network. Portsmouth is a highly successful car ferry port offering luxury cruise ferries and fast craft to a choice of five continental destination ports and two in the Channel Islands. Around 3.4 million people travel through Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port each year making it the UK's second busiest port.
The Passenger Terminal at Portsmouth is just off a slip road to the M275. Traffic flow is well organized and streaming displays keep travellers informed of sailing and loading times, weather, etc. The Passenger Terminal and nearby Travel Centre have several refreshment facilities that serve hot and cold drinks and a selection of continental snacks, a Bureau de Change, cash point, gift shop, telephones, toilets, disabled toilets with low-level pay phones, baby change facilities etc. There is a licensed bar within the main terminal and just a short walk from the terminal building is the port owned pub, the New Rudmore Cellars that also provides refreshments.
Portsmouth History. Very little recorded history exists before the 12th century although artefacts of Bronze Age man have been unearthed in the Milton area of the city and about 300 AD the Romans started to build a shore fort at Porchester. Since then, Portsmouth, home of the Royal Navy for more than 500 years, has become a world-class visitor destination offering a seaside resort and maritime heritage centre.
Portsmouth Attractions. Portsmouth s many amenities and attractions have made it is one of the best holiday centres for exploring the heritage of Maritime England. It offers a selection of ships, castles, forts and museums for exploring England s past. Portsmouth is home to HMS Victory the flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson; the Mary Rose - the remains of Henry VIII's 16th century warship that were raised from the sea in 1982; HMS Warrior 1860, Britain's first iron-class battleship; the Royal Naval Museum, the Charles Dickens' birthplace Museum, the D-day Museum that recalls the invasion of Europe in 1944 when thousands of Allied troops sailed from Portsmouth; and many other attractions. As well as its great maritime heritage, Portsmouth Harbour has a great deal to offer including the popular resort town of Southsea, with four miles of seafront promenade along the shores of the Solent. For more on events, click here Portsmouth events
The historic waterfronts of Portsmouth and Gosport have recently been transformed with the Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour. Attractions include Gunwharf Quays, a world-class shopping and leisure waterfront destination with over 80 designer outlets, 20 bars and restaurants, an 11-screen cinema and 26-lane bowling complex plus an exciting programme of events, performances and street entertainment; six kilometres of promenades encircling the harbour waterfront; A 165 metre landmark Spinnaker Tower that will incorporate three viewing decks accessed by panoramic lift and Action Stations - a futuristic Royal Navy experience including a 'James Bond' style movie plus hands-on high-tech exhibits
Portsmouth Shopping and Dining. From the high street to the waterfront, Portsmouth s shopping facilities are unrivalled. Beside the shops in the city centre, there are also shopping Centres at Port Solent, Southsea and Gunwharf Quays. Nearby Southsea has some very well known names plus a good selection of individual shops, from the useful to the bizarre. Visit the indoor mall at Cascades and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday there's a market dating back centuries. Once you are tired of shopping, there is a host of restaurants and bars to choose from to relax and recharge your batteries. Portsmouth offers almost every type of cuisine, from international to British cuisine with a twist in a range of stylish winebars, historic pubs, waterfront bars and restaurants to suit every occasion. In the popular Albert Road and Elm Grove area of Southsea you will discover a fascinating mix of restaurants. And in the evenings the city offers entertainment, nightlife, theatres, cinemas and concert venues with many special events throughout the year. Visit nearby Victoria Park and discover why Portsmouth is Inner-city in bloom.
Portsmouth Access. Wherever you're coming from, access to the ferry port is easy. Portsmouth has the best road connections of any UK Channel ferry port and is nearer to central London than Dover or the Channel Tunnel use the M3 or A3 then join the M27 / M275 for easy access to the port and central Portsmouth.