Portishead is a town in the county of Somerset
in South West England. The town dates back to Roman
times and is situated on the bank of the River Severn
, its name being derived from the fact that it was originally a "port at the head of the river". Like much of the rest of British industy, the dock closed in the 80's and is currently being converted into an "exciting marina
development" (it says here).
Portishead currently has a population of approximately 18,000 but is rapidly growing due to new housing developments as is soon expected to become one of the largest towns in North Somerset.
It sports a pebble beach, an outdoor swimming pool and a lake with pedalos (and occasionally dumped cars).
The trip-hop band of the same name was formed in Portishead, as were the much less famous band Airbus.