Portsmouth is contained in the county of
Hampshire, and is a city of about
189,000 people on the southern coast of
England. Portsmouth has a larger
conurbation, with an estimated 442,252
residents within its boundaries, making
it the 11th largest urban area in
England, which I think you will agree is
The Portsmouth Urban Area covers an area
with a population well over twice that
of the city of Portsmouth itself, and
includes Fareham, Portchester, Gosport,
Havant (which includes the large suburb
Leigh Park), Lee-on-the-Solent,
Stubbington and Waterlooville.
Portsmouth has been a significant naval
port for centuries, Portsmouth is also
the location to the world's oldest dry
dock which is still in use and services
many famous ships, these include
Nelson's famous flagship HMS Victory. In
Portsmouth has declined as
a military port but remains a major
dockyard and base for the Royal Navy.
The Portsmouth commercial part serves
destinations on the continent for
freight and passenger traffic.
As far as tourism goes, Portsmouth is
spoilt for choice in attractions related
to its naval history. Portsmouth's
Historic Dockyard has been given a much
needed face-lift over the last decade.
Some of the displays on offer are the
D-Day museum which holds the Overlord
Embroidery, and, in the dockyard, HMS
Victory, the remains of Henry VIII's
flagship, the Mary Rose which was raised
from the sea-bed in recent years, the
HMS Warrior which was Britain's first
iron-clad steamship, and of course the
Royal Naval Museum.
The retail industry in Portsmouth has
grown dramatically in the last decade
because of the increase of the local
economy, and improved transport links.
There are many other developments
include: the new city centre shopping
areas, including the upmarket Gunwharf
Quays, containing fashion stores,
restaurants, and a cinema; and the
Outside the main city
of Portsmouth, shopping areas include
Ocean Retail Park, on the north-eastern
side of Portsea Island, composed of
shops requiring large floor space for
selling consumer goods; and the Bridge
Centre an 11,043 square metre shopping
centre built in 1988, now dominated by
the newly-built Asda Walmart store.
There are also many smaller shopping
areas throughout the city.
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