One of Thomas Ellis Owen's finest creations in the heart of central Southsea.
Southsea is a delightful and mature seaside resort, located to the south of Portsmouth city centre and to the east of Old Portsmouth. It developed as a fashionable Victorian seaside resort in the 19th century subsequently growing into a residential suburb and large, distinct commercial and entertainment area, separate from the centre of Portsmouth.
The areas surrounding Albert Road, Palmerston Road, and Osborne Road contain several bars, restaurants and independent shops. Palmerston Road is the main High Street of Southsea and contains a national department store, as well as the local library. Albert Road is a distinct street containing shopping and cultural venues, which includes the Kings Theatre, a regional theatre built in 1907.
Southsea beach is mostly shingle, but with sand exposed at low tide. There are two piers, South Parade Pier and Clarence Pier.
Millennium Promenade was created extending to Gunwharf Quays from Southsea seafront. The walkway is marked on the pavement and is lined by distinctive blue street lanterns.
English Heritage blue plaques commemorate notable figures in Southsea including Rudyard Kipling, Thomas Ellis Owen and Peter Sellers.
Southsea is now served by stations at Fratton and Portsmouth and Southsea station and on to Portsmouth Harbour, with regular trains to London Waterloo.
Hovertravel operates a regular hovercraft service to Ryde on the Isle of Wight from Southsea seafront. There is a Hayling Island Ferry service linking Eastney and Ferry Point, on Hayling Island.
The area boasts some fine educational facilities including
University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth Grammar School
Portsmouth High School
Mayville High School
St John's College
Mary Rose Academy