Why move to… Portsmouth

Located on the southernmost tip of Hampshire in England, Portsmouth marries maritime charm with a bustling city atmosphere, making it an altogether fantastic place to live. 

You may already know it for its university and naval base — both of which are among the UK’s leading — however, there’s lots more besides just waiting to be uncovered. 

Portsmouth aerial view

Thinking of a move to Portsmouth or its surrounding areas? Your first port of call should be our estate agents in Portsmouth. You’ll find Cubitt & West branches dotted all over the area — including in the city itself. Come and say hello but first, read on for your essential guide to Portsmouth.

At a glance, what to know about Portsmouth:

  • Property prices start from £150,000 for a flat. To rent, you can expect to pay between £600-£1200 pcm.

  • It’s well-served by public transport, with direct trains to London Waterloo taking between an hour and a half to two hours. 

  • Average broadband speeds are among the UK’s highest at 33.8Mbps. Expect no dead zones either Portsmouth currently boasts 99% mobile phone coverage.

What are Portsmouth’s nearest towns? 

Portsmouth is a great place to live, but if you wanted to look just outside of the city, Gosport, Havant, and Fareham are each within a few miles. Also, don’t forget about Hayling Island and the Isle of Wight which are both easily accessible.

Transport links to Portsmouth

Whether you fancy a potter over to the Isle of Wight or have a morning commute to London, Portsmouth is well-served by public transport. From mainland rail and ferries to roads and motorways, the transport links to and from Portsmouth are excellent. 

Things to do in Portsmouth

No article on Portsmouth would be complete without mentioning the city’s impressive 170-metre observation tower: The Emirates Spinnaker. This local landmark offers unrivalled panoramic views over the city. You can even enjoy afternoon tea at the very top of the tower. 

If gigs and comedy nights are your thing, head over to the city’s music venue, the Wedgewood rooms. As if that weren’t enough, the King’s Theatre puts on a range of films and performances throughout the year, including the city’s Christmas panto. 

Home to The Mary Rose, The Victory, and The Warrior, Portsmouth’s dockyard is also well worth a visit. For your usual city-centre fare including shopping, cinema, and bowling head on over to Gunwarf Quays, which has some pretty great restaurants too. 

Which brings us to...

Eating and drinking in Portsmouth

Albert Road is home to unique restaurants, independent retailers and enough pubs and bars to please the city’s university-contingent.

For club-nights, head on over to The Astoria. For food, head on over to Bonita’s Southsea, Soprano’s and the truly delicious Restaurant 27. 

Gin and rum lovers should head on over to the Portsmouth Distillery which produces its own selection of artisanal spirits. 

Schools in Portsmouth

The Flying Bull Academy, St Swithun's Catholic Primary School and St Jude's CofE Primary School are among the city’s best primary schools. 

Property prices in Portsmouth

Terraced houses: £240,000

Semi-detached: £308,000

Flats: £150,000

Renting in Portsmouth

One bedroom: £684 pcm

Two-bedroom: £880 pcm

Three-bedroom: £1120 pcm

Famous residents

Portsmouth has its fair share of famous Skates, from Charles Dickens and esteemed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel to television’s own Amanda Holden. 

Blue plaques

Portsmouth has over 30 blue plaques — that is, buildings deemed by the English Heritage as having some sort of historical importance. Favourites include Rudyard Kipling’s childhood home in Campbell Road and the birthplace of actor, Peter Sellers (which is now a Chinese restaurant!). 

What you may not know about Portsmouth...

  • Portsmouth is home to what was once the UK’s largest building. The IBM building on the city’s North Harbour assumed this esteemed title between 1967 and 1982. 

  • Portsmouth and Southsea host The Great South Run every October.

  • Portsmouth’s beloved football club won the FA Cup in 2008.

Fancy a move to Portsmouth? Cubitt & West has everything you’ll need to get started. Pop in to see our estate agents in Portsmouth or take a look at the latest properties for sale in Portsmouth