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Car Hire Portsmouth Harbour
Portsmouth is unique as the only island city in the United Kingdom. Located on Portsea Island in Hampshire, on England's south-coast, it is 103 km south west of London and 31 km south-east of Southampton. An important naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest dry dock, where you will find such historic vessels as HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack (merchant ship) Mary Rose, and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. The Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos still base their operations here, and there is a busy commercial ferry port for freight and passengers.
More modern additions to Portsmouth include the Spinnaker Tower, a dramatic high-rise building in the the refurbished former HMS Vernon - a "stone frigate" of the Royal Navy. It houses shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs in an area now called Gunwharf Quays. Portsmouth is a busy city, with a population of more than 200,000 and the only city in England with a higher population density than London.
Car hire in Portsmouth puts you within easy reach of seaside destinations including Weymouth, Brighton, and Eastbourne. Travelling via the A27, you can be in Brighton, 80km away, in about 90 minutes. In Portsmouth itself, much of the attraction centres on its naval heritage. Board a World War II submarine a the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, see the work of heroes at the Royal Marines Museum, or examine the fascinating exhibits at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.