Portishead area guide

Portishead area guide

Portishead’s history dates back to the Roman times. Its name derives from the ‘port at the head of the river’. The town was built on the mouth of a small tributary; indeed the High Street once met the water at the top of the river. Iron rings, evidence of where the old fishing boats used to moor can still be seen today on the street’s stone walls.

The dominant architecture is early Victorian with many buildings maintaining their original features. When work is finished, the new marina will provide over 400 floating berths and approximately 100 dry berths for a range of sailing and leisure craft.


The current population of Portishead is approximately 18,000. Due to the new house-building programme in the area a further 8,000 people are expected to settle in the area over the next few years making Portishead one of the largest towns in North Somerset.

Leisure and sports activities

We have a brand new sports and leisure complex which was partly funded by the National Lottery as well as funds from the Town Council and North Somerset Council. It houses a large swimming pool, leisure and play pools, indoor bowls, 6 badminton courts, gymnasium, fun room for toddlers, cafeteria, licensed bar etc. Other sporting facilities in the town include open air tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming-pool, boating lake, cricket grounds, football and hockey pitches as well as many cycle lanes for those who enjoy getting out and about.


Buses, Trains, Airports, Taxis


First Bus 0871 200 22 33 www.firstgroup.com

National Express 08717 818 181 www.nationalexpress.com


National Rail 08457 484 950 www.nationalrail.co.uk


Bristol Airport 0871 334 4450 www.bristolairport.co.uk

Cardiff Airport 01446 711 111 www.cwlfly.com


Amcaruk 0800-955 5070 15 Roath Rd, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6AW Map | EMail

County Cars 01275 843434 1 Combe Av, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6JR Map

R & D Private Hire 01275 843326 43 Denny View, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8BT Map

A Executive Taxis 01275 817115 8 Aelfric Meadow, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7LB Map

Cabsdirect 01275 849661 2 South View, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DP Map | EMail

Angel Private Hire 01275 818395 105 Avon Way, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6LT Map

Avenue Cars 01275 846633 52 Pembroke Rd, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8HF Map | EMail

Williams Taxi 01275 845598 132 Badger Rise, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 8AX Map

Local Council Offices

Bristol City Council 01179 222 000 The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR www.bristol.gov.uk

North Somerset Council 01934 888888 Town hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1UT

Theatres & Cinemas

Playhouse High Street Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1HP 01934 645544

Bristol Old Vic 8 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED 01179 493 993 www.bristol-old-vic.co.uk

VUE Cinema The Venue, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, BS10 7SR 08712 240 240 www.myvue.com

ODEON The Centre Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UR

Doctors & Dentists

NHS Direct 0845 4647 www.nhsdirect.co.uk

93 High Street 93 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6PR

Cleeve Dental Surgery 9A Millier Road, Cleeve, Bristol, BS49 4NL

Combe Road Dental Practice The Dental Surgery, 6 Combe Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6BJ

Frances Dowler's Dental Practice 9a The Precinct, Portishead, BS20 6AH

Lime Tree Dental Practice Lime Tree Dental Practice, 6 Woodhill Road, Portishead, BS20 7ET

Linden Lodge Dental Practice Linden Lodge, 17 Linden Road, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 7SR

Pill Dental Practice 5 Baltic Place, Pill, Bristol, BS20 0EJ

West Hill Dental Practice 9 The Triangle, West Hill, Portishead, BS20 6PG

Harbourside Family Practice Harbourside surgery, harbour road, portishead, bristol BS20 7BD 01275 848855

Portishead Health Centre Victoria Square, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 6AQ