Pop into Portishead
The coastal, Somerset town of Portishead is located on the Severn Estuary, not far from Bristol. The town has a long history as a fishing port and is just one hundred and seventy-five miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. So, you’re just a few hours away from checking out our amazing selection of e-liquids. And be sure to take a look at the vaping accessories as well as our new clothing line for more great deals. Visit a Medusa Juice Vape Store or our convenient website regularly to keep up to date with the latest offers, contests and additions to our collection.
History and fun facts
The name of Portishead means exactly what it sounds like, the ‘port at the head’ and during the time of the Domesday Book the town was known as Posset. Although the history of Portishead stretches back long before the Norman Invasion as there is evidence of a prehistoric settlement with flint axe heads found nearby.
Iron Age settlements occupied the region thousands of years ago, including Cadbury Camp, a hill fort and the largest community in the area. Since their original construction by the local tribes, some of these settlements have been occupied by Romans, Britons and Danes over the centuries.
The Portishead we know today was built near the mouth of the River Avon some time before the 11th century. Fishing and trade from the port helped the town to grow over time. Construction of a jetty provided protection for boats from the tide of the Bristol Channel and the town’s location made it ideal for securing the waters around the headland.
Before the English Civil War a fort was built on Battery Point, near where the lighthouse now stands. During the war this fort was used by the Royalists who occupied Portishead for most of the conflict. There are accounts of skirmishes between Royalists and Parliamentarians before the town finally surrendered to the Parliamentarian forces.
By the 19th century Portishead’s role as a trading centre increased as deep water docks were built there to accommodate large ships that struggled to reach Bristol Harbour. The Portishead Docks brought a great deal of jobs to the town as it received cargo from around the world and transporting them across the country on the new rail network.
Portishead saw extensive redevelopment during the Victorian era. The docks, pier and rail link were all constructed at this time as well as a sea wall allowing the local marshes to be drained to increase land available for farming. The Royal Hotel at Portishead was built in 1830 to provide for travellers from Bristol, Wales and Ireland.
Today the central location of Portishead that made it such an important part of the nation’s trade network also makes it a great place to visit. There are convenient links to nearby attractions as well as great places to shop or enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Be sure to bring your vaping gear and all your favourite e-liquids as you explore everything that Portishead has to offer. Top up your supplies at the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough, our store is just a few hours away or you can use our convenient website and have everything you need for a great vaping experience delivered to your door. Take a look at our amazing selection of e-liquids as well as vaping accessories and our new clothing line.
Sights and sounds
Take advantage of the town’s great location to visit some of the attractions near Portishead. Bristol is a short journey away and the Mall at Cribbs Causeway has a huge selections of stores to choose from. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is surrounded by beautiful countryside and home to gibbons, bears, elephants and over a hundred other species.
Nearby Oakland Treasures is one of the largest museums of retail and farming history in the country. Take a trip through that ages and explore this award winning attraction’s unique collection of memorabilia. And the National Trust Property of Tyntesfield is well worth a visit if you enjoy Victorian country homes with gothic architecture, surrounded by an incredible estate.
Beautiful scenery is all around you and Portishead has plenty of picturesque walking and cycling trails to explore. Visit the Gordano Valley Nature Reserve to enjoy a range of woodlands, moorlands and meadows, or follow the Clevedon Coastal Path for incredible coastal views.
Visitors looking to keep active can visit Portishead Open Air Pool or Parish Wharf Leisure Centre and enjoy swimming, badminton, indoor bowls or take advantage of the gymnasium. And West Country Games is a group activity centre just a few miles from town where you can take part in fun and inventive games for all ages and abilities.
Portishead is also home to a fantastic array of bars and restaurants as well as a Victorian High Street packed with independent stores as well as big name retailers. So you’re sure to find something to take your fancy if you want retail therapy or the chance to sample some local delicacies as well as food from around the world.
Depending on what time of year you visit you might be able to check out one of the annual events in Portishead. The town’s Flower Show and country fair includes a range of horticultural delights for all ages. And Portishead Carnival takes place in summer, featuring parade floats and entertainments as well as walking processions and live music.
Before leaving, remember this
The vibrant surroundings, beautiful scenery and historic charm as well as the town’s convenient location among so many attractions help make Portishead a popular place to visit. While you’re enjoying everything that the town has to offer, take a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. Explore the fantastic selection of e-liquids and take the opportunity to sign up for the latest competitions. You won’t find a better range of e-liquids with new treats being added all the time. And check out our new clothing range for a selection of t-shirts and hoodies with great designs.