From our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering visitor attractions, shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth is a great place to live and work.
The city has a rich cultural offer with magnificent theatres, live music venues, museums and contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, events and festivals throughout the year.The city has been ranked by Totallymoney.com
as the 8th most cultual city in the UK 2017.
The new £35m Mary Rose Museum welcomed its one millionth visitor just 28 months after opening. The newly refurbished site sits within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which also offers world-class attractions such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Neighbouring Gunwharf Quays is home to more than 95 premium retail outlets, waterside restaurants and bars, leisure and cinema offers, and the Emirates Spinnaker Tower; with its breath-taking views and exciting entertainment programme.
Gunwharf Quays is complemented by traditional high-street shopping in Commercial Road, as well as the independent boutiques and beachfront cafes of Southsea.
Being surrounding by the sea also affords a number of unique leisure opportunities. There are three marinas, offering award-winning facilities, as well as a number of local sailing, swimming and rowing clubs.
Portsmouth Watersports Centre offers coaching and hire facilities for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding in Langstone Harbour, a nature reserve full of protected birds and its own colony of seals.
There is also one of Europe's longest straight-line wakeboarding cable in the north of the city, and plans for an indoor 'snowdome' near Port Solent.
Portsmouth Guildhall operates a diverse programme of music, theatre and comedy. There are also two popular Victorian theatres, including the New Theatre Royal which has recently undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment.
A flourishing music scene includes Victorious Festival, which attracts over 100,000 visitors for a weekend of live music on Southsea Common, Mutiny Festival, and a number independent music venues and events throughout the city.
PwC's Good Growth for Cities report placed Portsmouth 4th in a list of the best cities in the UK in which to live and work and the city was also voted 11th best place in the UK to make a living in August 2015.