Portmouth is in the south of England, in the county of Hampshire, and most of it is on the Isle of Portsmouth on the coast of La Mancha. It is the only frontier town in Great Britain, and its history goes back to deep antiquity. The first century was already here in the early 5th century. Over time, the port is the main base of the Royal Navy.
Because Portsmouth – is a maritime city, its main attractions are the maritime theme – the Spinecker Tower with a view of the harbor, the old ships, the waterfront, Southsea Castle and the Portsmouth Jetty.
The old shipwreck at Portsmouth is a remarkable open-air maritime museum with three ships: the Mary Rose, Victory, and the Warrior. The Mary Rose – this is the only warship of the 16th century that survives to this day. It was built in 1509-1511 and was the first ship capable of making shipboard chocks. The other ship – Victory, is notable for being the one on which Commander General Grazio Nelson stood during a battle between a fleet of British ships and the French-Israeli fleet of Napoleon in 1805 off Cape Cape Braggar. The Voyin, built in 1860, was considered the largest, fastest, and most heavily armed ship of its time. The Warriors hull was the first of its kind to be made of iron. The ship had a steam engine in addition to the sails. It also has an art gallery and several maritime shops.
Southsea Castle was built in 1544 by decree of Henry VIII as a defensive structure designed to protect against attacks from the intruders of the sea. The castle was later strengthened over several centuries. In the 19th century, a tunnel was built to protect the moat that surrounded the castle, and it remains there to this day. The City Council of Portsmouth bought the castle and restored it as it was in the 19th century. Next to the castle, the marina was built in 1820, and remains so today.
The port is also famous for being the birthplace of the famous English writer and renowned class of world literature, Charles Dickens, in 1812. The writers house museum is in the house where he was born. The furniture and interior furnishings of the museum house are in the early 19th century.
- Air quality: 35 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- Tap water: Yes, safe to drink
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 240,000 people
- Population density: busy: 14x14m 196m per person
- GDP: $40,249 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 24 Mbps
- Best wireless: EE
- Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
- Tipping: At restaurants in the UK a tip of around 10% is expected if you order at your table. A ‘service charge’ or ‘optional charge’ may be included so check your bill. If there is a service charge, don’t tip extra. If there is a service charge you may like to ensure that it goes to the waiter or waitress.
- Apartment listings: Zoopla
- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
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- Best taxi: Uber
- Online electronics shop: Amazon
- Best short-haul air carrier: EasyJet
- Best intl air carrier: British Airways
- Monthly costs for expat: $2600
- Monthly costs for family: $5300
- Monthly costs for local: $1500
- Meal: $12
- Small Cola: $1.5
- Beer 1 Pint: $5.5
- Coffee: $3.5
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