Best Western Royal Beach Hotel

South Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 ORN, United Kingdom
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I need a taxi /cab from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station to....

by laninabonita

Is there any cab at the train station? how can I recognise legal cabs from the ilegal ones? Is there any taxi's web sites or numbers?

Re: I need a taxi /cab from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station to....

by Gillybob

The easiest way is to use a black cab (or hackney carriage). Image can be found at

Re: I need a taxi /cab from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station to....

by johngayton

There aren't really any "illegal" taxis in Portsmouth as all "for hire" vehicles must be licensed by the local authority and rates are fixed by them. There's usually a few cabs outside Portsmouth Harbour Station but if not there's a list of numbers posted on an information board beside the exit.

If your journey is within the city then you pay what's on the meter but if travelling further afield you'll usually get a better deal by agreeing a price with the driver or cab company (if you have to ring for one). There's also one of the main bus terminals just outside the station too and these are quitte easy to use with destinations and timetables posted at the bus stops.

Re: I need a taxi /cab from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station to....

by leics

It is highly unlikely that you will come across any illegal taxis in Portsmouth or the rest of the UK. Taxi hire is very tightly regulated and each area has its own additional regulations. You do not need to be concerned about this aspect.

You'll find a list of Portsmouth taxi firms here:

All taxis must have a working meter, and you should make sure it starts when your journey starts (although it is very unusual for this not to happen). Rates vary from area to area, and are set by the local authority.

Taxis usually have a light on top, and a plate on the front and back giving their licence number.

Black cabs are not commonplace everywhere in the UK. Most taxis are just ordinary cars.

Taxis can wait at taxi ranks, special areas outside stations etc, and can be stopped ion the street (if empty). They can also be phoned and booked.

Some taxis....'minicabs'...are not allowed to 'ply for hire'. That means they cannot wait at ranks, and cannot be stopped in the street by customers. They can only be obtained by phoning the firm.

Re: I need a taxi /cab from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station to....

by clivedinburgh

There is a rank at the station that is for licensed cabs but I generally use Aqua cabs as they are a bit cheaper (£28 to Southampton Airport compared to 40+ for hackney cabs).

Travel Tips for Portsmouth

Great Views

by kevin36

The Spinnaker Tower,
Well worth a visit just for the views alone, and if your about at night look at it from Gosport where you will see it lit up neon blue in all its glory.
The outside lift is glass ,so you can view while going to the top? (not for me) but it will cost you an extra 2.00.pounds.(Sadly the lift has been out of action for sometime).
There is an Internal lift ,so you don't have to walk!, and it is very quick too 29seconds.
I don't think I was imagining it ,but at the top you can feel the tower moving in the wind.
And the views from inside are fantastic.
The very top level is open at the top,so you can hear the wind whistling past.
One tip: if you know somebody who is local to Portsmouth or Gosport and they go with you ,get them to purchase the tickets,you will get a discount. The harbour area,watching the boats coming and going, and just enjoying the views from one of the benches along the waterfront.

An Old Gate in Portsmouth

by pjallittle


Down here in this neck of the woods, all of the towns seem to have a Romanesque flavour, with good reason. This was part of the Roman Empire at one time. These cities were valued possessions and were walled. The only way into and out of these was through gates. These were obviously built to last.

The pictured gate is, according to a Portsmouth resident, in front of a military installation.

Just seen this site, and am amazed that you can put a picture up of the gateway
and give it a title of city gate.

The gateway you have photographed was the original gate to H.M.S. Nelson,
commonly known as Vicky barracks to all and sundry in the ROYAL NAVY. (including

perhaps you could correct your title so as not to confuse the tourists who come
to Portsmouth.... I am not sure that Portsmouth ever had a "City" Wall around


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Butser Ancient Farm

by succotash

Open first weekend of the month between May to Sept, with activities for young & young at heart, or by arrangement. This is a must for anyone interested in history or archaeology. Even if you are not, there are few more more beautiful places to be on a summer's day.

It is an experimental 'Iron Age' farm set in the most stunning countryside 20 minutes north of Portsmouth along the A3. More info and 'how to get there' tips on their website

If you are here for the first Sat in May the Wicker Man Festival is not to be missed.

We travelled by car, that's...

by hayward68

We travelled by car, that's the Vauxhall Vectra we toured around in for 5 days. A car is best to have so you can visit everywhere that you want. Note that on this trip I did all the driving, though that wasn't the original plan. We picked up the car at Gatwick airport, I was the first one to drive, an hour later my friend decides there's no way she's going to be able to cope with driving in England, lol! I got stuck with all the driving. At least she offered to pay for the car rental ;-)
Make sure your navigator at least holds the map the right way up, it does help ;-)

Nelson's ship

by bzh

One permanent resident of Portsmouth you need to pay a visit to is HMS Victory, the flagship of Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. This historical war veteran is definitely worth your time and will delight kids of all ages.


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 Best Western Royal Beach Hotel

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Address: South Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 ORN, United Kingdom