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Portsmouth, NH
Travel Guide

Portsmouth showing a bay or harbor

Visitan elegant seaside city at the mouth of the Piscataqua River that excites withits maritime past, historic buildings and scenic walking trails.

Settled in 1623, Portsmouth lays claim to beingone of the oldest cities in the United States. With a rich shipbuildingheritage, a working port and a large waterfront park, there is much to fascinatethe visitor. Cruise through its waterways, learnabout maritime history and explore hundreds of years of Portsmouth’s past inits old homes.

The PortsmouthNaval Shipyard was founded in 1800 and for much of its history was a majorshipbuilding center. One of the many submarines to roll off its launchpad wasthe USS Albacore, now a floatingmuseum. Walk through the vessel on a guided tour to find out about its years ofservice.

There is more history at the Strawbery Banke Museum, a 9.5-acre(3.8-hectare) site with 42 historic buildings. The oldest structure dates back to 1695. Tour these old properties,which contain artifacts that reveal aspects of everyday life from differenteras.

Leave the car behind for a walk throughPortsmouth’s tree-lined streets. They will take you past beautiful colonialhouses. Shop in upscale boutiques, stop by a cozy café or restaurant and visitmore historic homes. Step inside the RichardJackson House, built in 1664. This is believed to be the oldest survivingwood frame home in New Hampshire.

For a pleasant change of scenery, head to thewaterfront Prescott Park. Relax inthe flower gardens and enjoy gorgeous views of the Piscataqua River.

A delightful way to see the city is from thewater. Go for a cruise onboard a reproduction of the flat-bottom wooden bargesthat were once a regular feature on Portsmouth's waterways.

Take a short boat trip or drive across thebridge to the 27-acre (11-hectare) PierceIsland. The former site of Fort Washington is now known for its scenicwalking trails and outdoor swimming pool.

Portsmouth is roughly halfway between Boston andPortland, Maine. The drive from either of these places takes little more thanan hour. Both are also a little over an hour away by bus. Once you are inPortsmouth, many of the historic and waterfront attractions can be easilyreached on foot.

Where to stay in Portsmouth

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$4,253 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Music Hall, Discover Portsmouth, and Market Square. John Paul Jones House Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (910 reviews)
"We had a lovely weekend at the Hampton Inn and Suites. The room was clean, and the staff was very welcoming and professional."

Reviewed on 2021/5/14

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Ashworth by the Sea
Ashworth by the Sea
3 out of 5
295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH
The price is NT$4,002 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Hampton Beach, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Beach and Casino Ballroom. Hampton Beach State Park is 1 mi (1.5 km) away.
3.8/5Good! (967 reviews)
"Staff was amazing!!"

Reviewed on 2021/5/3

Ashworth by the Sea
Residence Inn by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/ Waterfront
Residence Inn by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/ Waterfront
3 out of 5
100 Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH
The price is NT$5,208 per night from May 27 to May 27
Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House, and Tugboat Alley. Portsmouth Brewery and Portsmouth ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (959 reviews)
"Location is awesome!"

Reviewed on 2021/5/11

Residence Inn by Marriott Portsmouth Downtown/ Waterfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$4,194 per night from May 16 to May 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this New Castle apartment building is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and ...
5/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"You're absolutely loved this beautiful old building that's been turned into lovely accommodations. The place was clean comfortable quiet and convenient. I also really loved the decor, it was fresh and modern and just invited relaxation."

Reviewed on 2021/3/11

Great Island Inn
Nautical Beach Resort
Nautical Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
147 Ashworth Avenue, Hampton, NH
The price is NT$7,802 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in Hampton Beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hampton Beach, Hampton Beach State Park, and Casino Ballroom. Ocean Gaming Casino and ...
Nautical Beach Resort
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
3 out of 5
741 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH
The price is NT$5,313 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Rye, this beachfront apartment building is in a regional park and within 1 mi (2 km) of Odiorne Point State Park and Wallis Sands State Beach. Jenness ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Owner Doug made every effort to communicate with guests. He has improved this oceanside property beyond words. While still in progress, the reconstruction status was relayed to guests well in advance. The ambiance in the restyled rooms is comfy and cozy. Portsmouth and lovely Wallis Sands beach are ..."

Reviewed on 2021/4/21

Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Portsmouth

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Seacost Rep theater was wonderful and the restaurants we visited were great. The historical feel of the town was great fun.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Downtown offers great options for dining and shopping. Quaint and welcoming

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 26, 2020

Beautiful state, but pricey places to eat

3/5 - Okay

MattWhitt20

Feb 24, 2020

It was convenient to Maine where I needed to visit a friend who recently had surgery. I loved that there was a Trader Joe’s & Market Basket store nearby. Two of my favorite places to shop. I also liked that it was close to the outlet mall in Kittery.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 23, 2020

Lots to do in the walkable seaside town. Books, shopping, food, music and beer!

5/5 - Excellent

Monica

Feb 16, 2020

Portsmouth is a great place to visit with numerous restaurants and boutiques.

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