Portishead, in Somerset, is a coastal town 10 miles to the north-west of Bristol.
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The town of Portishead lies on the Severn Estuary in North Somerset. Historically a fishing port, today it's more residential. However, readers of various ages may also remember Portishead as the location of Portishead Radio (a radio telephone service for calling ships at sea) and as the home town of 1990s trip hop band Portishead.
The town itself is home to around 24,000 people and is largely a commuter town for Bristol, although there are still a number of significant local employers, such as the headquarters of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
A settlement has been established on the site of Portishead town since Roman times but like many such settlements, Portishead grew rapidly during the 19th century, when a sea wall allowed marshland to be built upon and a railway link turned the town into a popular seaside resort.
The M5 motorway runs close to Portishead and town also benefits from good road, rail and bus links to Bristol. Van hire is available locally -- a standard range of vans is normally available: