Visit Portsmouth - Best of Portsmouth

Portsmouth has the privilege of being United Kingdom’s sole island city. And it has used this distinction wisely. An important naval base and a treasure chest of nautical heritage, Portsmouth is maritime heaven. Portsmouth merits a visit not just for its incredible coastline, but also for its glorious naval past that has been recreated beautifully for visitors. Vibrant waterfront views welcome you at every corner and the city is very well planned both administratively and from a tourism perspective.

You can feel a sense of pride in the citizens of Portsmouth about their rich culture and illustrious past.

Portsmouth offers top notch tourism experiences. From contemporary art galleries to shop-till-you-drop retail options, there is a lot to indulge in here. Your visit’s highlight will unquestionably be the Portsmouth Dockyard which houses three grand ships with a celebrated naval past and a host of naval memorabilia to explore.

The city is thriving and boisterous throughout the year. There are events and live music shows that add to the lively ambiance. Sample a slice of history at Portsmouth and take home a shipload of happy memories.

Portsmouth Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Portsmouth tips for your visit

  • Pick up some antique naval souvenirs instead of regular gifts at the Antiques Storehouse.
  • Carry an umbrella with you at all times.
  • Littering in the city is a punishable offence.
  • For further tourist information about Portsmouth, visit the official tourism website or call the helpline.

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Facts and Stats for Portsmouth*

  • Pollution Statistics in Portsmouth

    Know the pollution level of Portsmouth before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 37.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Portsmouth: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Portsmouth for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Portsmouth.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.18 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.71 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 33.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 33.82 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 44.12 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 67.65 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.47 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.59 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.88 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.82 (Moderate)
  • Living in Portsmouth - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Portsmouth is 191.76 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 54.92 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 88.53 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 15.95 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 17.67 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 72.13 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.22 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.13 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 99.27 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Portsmouth

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Portsmouth

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 94.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 77.62 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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