All the information for your language course in Portsmouth, England
Location: On South Coast, half-way between Brighton and Bournemouth.
Distance from London: 100 km (approx), 1h30mins to Waterloo stations, 2 trains per hour.
Distance from Airports: Heathrow 90 km - 75 mins / Gatwick 90 km - 75 mins / Southampton 20 mins.
Logistics: Excellent road and rail links to rest of Britain; 12 ferry crossings per day each way to France.
Position: In Portsmouth city centre, just a short walk from the railway station, shops, library, restaurants and the sea-front and beaches.
The school is located in the heart of Portsmouth and in the very best area of the city; next to the main shopping centre, library and railway station, theatre and restaurants, and yet is still within walking distance of the beach and sea-front.
There are excellent communications by road and rail to London and its airports (approximately 75 minutes from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport and only 20 minutes from Southampton Eastleigh Airport.), and by sea to mainland Europe.
It's so easy to get to Portsmouth and once you are here you'll find it simple to get around. Portsmouth is a flat city, ideal for walking and cycling. There is an excellent bus network across the city and beyond. Look below to see how you can travel here and once you realise how easy it is to get here you'll find it's hard to stay away.
Portsmouth enjoys good road connections, the A3(M) road puts London only 1 1/2 hours away and the M27/A27 connects the city with Britain's motorway network. The following route planner links may be useful - The AA. The Portsmouth City Council Website gives details of the Council run car parks in the city.
GETTING TO OUR PARTNER SCHOOL BY ROAD
Whether coming in from the East or the West on the M-27, take the M-275 Portsmouth. Follow the 2-lane highway over the flyover until you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout go straight on (2nd exit), staying on 3-lane road. After 150 meters, you will come to another roundabout - turn right here (you cannot go straight on), into Market Way. At the next roundabout, go straight and then again straight at the next roundabout (onto Alfred Road). At the traffic lights, take the left hand lane, and go straight down Anglesea Road, passing under the Railway Bridge, and past the large grey ship-shaped building on the left.
At the end of Anglesea Road, take the right-hand lane and go round the large traffic island roundabout into Lord Montgomery Way. Turn left into Hampshire Terrace, then first left into Wiltshire Street, then first left again into St. Paul's Road. Park in front of the The Old Vic pub (remember to put money in the parking meter). If you look down the street, you will see our partner school in front of you. Please consult this detailed expandable map to locate our partner school.
Once you are in Portsmouth a comprehensive bus network operates across the city and beyond (see below) and if you want to see the rest of the country, National Express , the national coach company, operates regular daily services from the city.
Portsmouth is connected through the rail network to London and most of the country's major cities.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REACHING PORTSMOUTH FROM LONDON, GATWICK AIRPORT, HEATHROW AIRPORT & SOUTHAMPTON EASTLEIGH AIRPORT
1. From London:
Waterloo Station: 2 direct trains every hour, travel time 1 hour 20 minutes. Get out at Portsmouth and Southsea station.
Victoria Station: 2 trains every hour, time approx. 2 hours. You may need to change trains at either Barnham or Horsham.
Get out at Portsmouth and Southsea station.
2. From Gatwick Airport:
One hourly train direct, one hourly train changing at either Barnham or Horsham. Get out at
Portsmouth and Southsea station.
3. From Heathrow Airport:
Shuttle bus to Woking (every 30 minutes) and twice-hourly direct train to Portsmouth and
Southsea (Time approximately 70 minutes Woking-Portsmouth).
There is also a direct coach service from Heathrow to Portsmouth.
4. From Southampton Eastleigh Airport:
Either taxi (about £30) or train (taxi to train station about £3) and twicehourly direct train from Eastleigh to Portsmouth and Southsea station.
For train Enquiries you can also visit the following web-site: www.nationalrail.co.uk
For coach enquiries visit www.nationalexpress.com
On arrival at Portsmouth and Southsea station, take a taxi to your host family.
The city's ferry port offers a number of routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. P&O European Ferries operate services to Le Havre, Cherbourg and Bilbao. Brittany Ferries run services to Caen, St Malo and Santander. Wightlink ferries provide car and passenger services to Fishbourne and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hovertravel operate a passenger service to Ryde. There are also ferries to and from Gosport and Hayling Island.
The major London airports Gatwick and Heathrow, both 60 miles (100km) away, and Southampton International Airport are in easy reach of Portsmouth via good rail and rail/coach connections. Southampton International Airport, just 22 miles away, provides services to domestic UK, Channel Islands, French and Dutch destinations.