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Southsea is a coastal resort and port located in Portsmouth at the southern end of Portsea Island in the county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Although it is only around 1.5 km from the centre of the much larger city of Portsmouth, Southsea has its own busy commercial centre which includes bars, restaurants, cafes and retail outlets. A major attraction located just off the coast are the four large forts built in the 1860's as part of an attempt to fortify the city from the threat of foreign invasion. They were part of a wider range of defences which also included forts on the mainland around the city. They were never used. The beach at Southsea is largely gravel, but at low tide sand is exposed. There are two piers: the South Parade Pier and the Clarence Pier, which both have amusements arcades. To commemorate the millennium, a scenic walk was created extending to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth from Southsea seafront. The route is marked on the pavement, and is lined by distinctive blue street lanterns.
There is a regular hovercraft service to Ryde on the Isle of Wight which runs from Southsea seafront. The crossing time is about 10 minutes.
Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and with its prominent position along the seafront and hovercraft and passenger ferry links it is little wonder it is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Island”. In addition to an expanse of sandy beaches which stretch right along the town, Ryde has a great selection of boutique shops, museums and galleries for visitors to enjoy with lots of other things to see and do along its esplanade. As the largest town on the Isle of Wight it is little surprise that Ryde is the venue for some of the biggest events that take place annually. Every August bank holiday thousands of scooter enthusiasts descend upon Ryde for the Isle of Wight Scooter Rally, and only a few weeks later Ryde Esplanade can be seen covered in cherished classic cars for the International Classic Car Show. Ryde also holds one of the UK's oldest carnivals, which is traditionally held at the end of the summer and forms the end of the Isle of Wight carnival season which travels across the Island. Ryde's collection of late night bars and clubs also tend to make it one of the most popular spots for nightlife.