Portsmouth is located in Hampshire and is commonly referred to as Pompey. The oldest dry dock in the world can be found still in use in Portsmouth. A number of famous ships have made their way through Portsmouth. Most of the popular tourist attractions in Portsmouth are related in some way to the city's long naval history. A variety of different museums scattered throughout Portsmouth will provide visitors with insight into the city's strong ties with the naval history of the country. Portsmouth is well suited for visitors with many shops, hotels and restaurants to suit a variety of needs.
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Portsmouth is classed as a city and it is located within the county of Hampshire, which is situated on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is the only city on an island within the United Kingdom and it is situated on Portsea Island. Portsmouth has a population of about one hundred and ninety seven thousand seven hundred. The wider area of Portsmouth and the surrounding suburban areas have a collective population of about four hundred and forty two thousand and two hundred and fifty two, which makes this the eleventh largest area within England with regards to the density of the population.
The city of Portsmouth plays a large part within the navy. Portsmouth is home to one of the world's oldest dry docks and it is still used and houses a lot of famous ships, which includes Nelsons flagship that was called HMS Victory. Over the years the navy have declined the use of the port in Portsmouth however is does still play a very big part. Portsmouth has a commercial port that serves as a destination for passenger traffic as well as freight.
A recent addition to the skyline of Portsmouth is what is known as Spinnaker Tower. This tower is located within the local area that has recently seen massive redevelopment and is known as Gunwharf Quays.
The main areas of employment within the city of Portsmouth are the services sector, which includes things such as financial services and industrial areas of energy and construction. About a tenth of the cities workforce is employed within the naval dockyard.
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