Portishead, North Somerset

November 1, 2021
Black Nore Lighthouse, Portishead, North Somerset

Portishead, North Somerset

Portishead, once an old fishing village and deep-water port, is now a vibrant and highly popular town on the coast of North Somerset. The deep water port has been replaced in the 1990s by a 250 berth marina and high-specification residential development.

The population has doubled over the last thirty years and is still rising due to its easy-commuting distance to Bristol. Featuring a mix of old and new accommodation, Portishead boasts a lively and friendly community spirit. A railway line to Bristol is due to open in 2022/23.

Things to do in Portishead

You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in this lively town. There are sweeping coastal views to enjoy, a public art trail and a variety of leisure facilities. The Victorian high street is home to a range of independent local shops. There is also a great choice of bars and restaurants in both the High Street and around the Marina. A couple of retail parks are home to some big-name stores.

The beach is not recommended for bathing because of the high tidal range and dangerously strong currents. However, the lido, built in 1962 and lovingly restored by the Portishead Pool Community Trust, is 33 metres long and heated using renewable energy. There is also a pool for toddlers and a café on site.

Portishead Lake Grounds is often referred to as the town’s jewel in the crown. Adjacent to the seafront and surrounded by trees and bushes, the grounds are home to the town’s bowls club and tennis club. Cricket is played at weekends. Football coaches and running clubs also utilise the green open space.

The town has many parks and gardens, too numerous to be mentioned, but a full list can be found here.

Portishead has not one, but two lighthouses. One at Battery Point at the North end of the town, the other Black Nore Lighthouse, reached by a scenic walk west. The decommissioned Black Nore is an interesting example of a Victorian pre-fabricated building. Portishead Lighthouse, built in 1931 is still in use keeping ships in the Severn Estuary safe.

With a full diary of events, plenty to keep the kids entertained, wild-life sanctuaries, sailing, fishing, golf, tennis and equestrian events, Portishead has it all.

Where is Portishead?

Portishead, is four miles north of the town of Nailsea, eight miles west of the major city of Bristol.

How to get to Portishead

By car: Portishead is located just off the M5 motorway. Exit the motorway at Junction 19 and take the Portbury Hundred (A369) into the town.

By bus: First Bus operates services from the Bristol city centre to Portishead. Line X3 (direction Portishead) is a direct connection. Travel time is around 35 minutes.

By air: Bristol Airport is 23 km from Portishead. Buses run direct from the airport to Sainsbury’s. The fastest bus normally takes 1hr 9min.

Other towns and villages nearby

  • Walton in Gordano 3.26 miles (5.25 km)
  • Nailsea 3.75 miles (6.04 km)
  • Clevedon 4.90 miles (7.89 km)
  • Long Ashton 5.99 miles (9.64 km)
  • Undy 6.63 miles (10.67 km)
  • Rogiet 6.95 miles (11.18 km)
  • Severn Beach 6.95 miles (11.18 km)
  • Yatton 7.27 miles (11.7 km)
  • Pilning 7.81 miles (12.57 km)
  • Wrington 8.13 miles (13.08 km)

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*At time of writing