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Portsmouth is located in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. It is the UK's only island city and is located on Portsea Island.
A significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to many famous ships, including Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, Henry VIII’s Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. Portsmouth is a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there. There is also a commercial port for freight and passenger traffic providing easy access to France.
The Spinnaker Tower is a new addition to the city's skyline. It can be found in the recently redeveloped area known as Gunwharf Quays, a popular centre for shopping, entertainment and dining out.
Within Portsmouth are the areas of Copnor/Baffins and Milton which are largely residential providing hospitals, schools, local shops and transport links within and out of the City. Each of these areas has its own individual character and particular points of interest.
The popular residential area of Baffins has a thriving local community with shops, cafes, pubs and library creating a village atmosphere.
Baffins Pond provides a focal point for the community where people of all ages meet to relax, walk their dogs, feed the ducks, geese and swans and play in the park The Baffins Pond Association works to involve everyone in their environmental work with the wildlife in and surrounding the pond and arranges many community events such as a Summer Fun day, a Conker Bash and an Easter Egg Hunt for the whole community to enjoy.
In Milton there are the Bransbury Park shops, cafes, pubs, community centre and library. There are two large recreational areas with tennis courts, floodlit five a side pitch, basketball practice court, skateboarding ramps, bowls green, childrens play areas, a miniture train that operates during the summer and large open spaces for all to enjoy. Milton is close to Southsea seafront and all the amenities that offers.
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