Portishead is in North Somerset and only 12 miles from Bristol. A coastal town on the Bristol Channel, this is not known as major tourist destination. It does not benefit from particularly attractive beaches. Portishead does however have a history going back to 2000 B.C. and stone age axes and tools have been found here that provide evidence of early settlements.
The Domesday book of 1086 records Portishead as having a value of 70 shillings.
Portishead has never really been popular as a tourist resort despite efforts to encourage vistors to stay in the town. Most visitors are either passing through or coming to look at the Waverley Steamer ( see Clevedon ) or admire the veiws across the Bristol Channel.
The hip hop band Portishead is named after the town.