Portsmouth is a large city on the South Coast. Portsmouth is noted as being the birthplace of Charles Dickens and its current population is over 205,000. Portsmouth is the only Island city in the United Kingdom and is very well known for its historic naval port and world's oldest dry dock, which is the resting place of famous ships including Nelson's HMS Victory.
The dockyard is steeped in over 800 years of naval history and is a very popular destination for tourists. Visitors can go aboard the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose and can visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy, amongst many other things. Portsmouth is also home to the Royal Navy.
Portsmouth ferry port is one of the busiest in the UK, transporting over 2 million passengers each year. The port brings significant employment to the city, and is also one of the UK's largest fruit handling ports. Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower is at the centre of Portsmouth harbours regeneration project, it stands at an impressive 170 metres above sea level, and has excellent views for those who visit.
The University of Portsmouth has over 21,000 students split across its two campuses. Notable alumni include poet Simon Armitage and TV presenter Ben Fogle.
Portsmouth is a vibrant city that provides a wealth of employment opportunities for its residents and shares excellent transport links by rail and road. The nearest airport is around 20 miles away in neighbouring Southampton.