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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$3,697 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (922 reviews)
"Loved the customer service. My husband and I really enjoyed the restaurants in the area. The staff was also very helpful."

Reviewed on 2021/4/17

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$3,799 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (972 reviews)
"This is an older hotel but worth it due to location. Beach side and shops nearby."

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Ashworth by the Sea
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$7,114 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (465 reviews)
"Very nice property, great staff. Everything well maintained"

Reviewed on 2021/4/15

Wentworth by the Sea, A Marriott Hotel & Spa
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$4,250 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
3 out of 5
741 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH
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 ...
Rye Motor Inn & Swim Shop
Hampton Beach Summer Rental
Hampton Beach Summer Rental
3 out of 5
10 Francis St, Hampton, NH
Nestled on the beach, this Hampton Beach vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Hampton Beach and Casino Ballroom. Hampton Beach State Park is 1.3 mi (2.1 ...
Hampton Beach Summer Rental
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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