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Portsmouth, NH
Travel Guide

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$3,378 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

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! (934 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean hotel close to everything, and reasonably priced."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/2

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$5,729 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Fort Stark State Historic Site, Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, and Fort Constitution Historical ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (461 reviews)

"Beautiful old but well maintained resort. Everyone was polite and very accommodating. Clean and safe"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/1

Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
Ashworth by the Sea
Ashworth by the Sea
3 out of 5
295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,482 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

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! (949 reviews)

"The overall experience was very good. Staff was friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/1

Ashworth by the Sea
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Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is NT$3,614 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (61 reviews)

"Comfortable, clean and very pleasant"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/5

Great Island Inn
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
2.5 out of 5
741 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH

Nestled on the beach, this Rye aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Odiorne Point State Park and Seacoast Science Center. Wallis Sands State Beach and Pirates ...

Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Nautical Beach Resort
Nautical Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
147 Ashworth Avenue, Hampton, NH

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
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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