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PortsmouthUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Portsmouth

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
23 Portwalk Pl, Portsmouth, NH
The price is CA $145 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

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! (996 reviews)

"Everything was as expected and the staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown
3 out of 5
100 High St, Portsmouth, NH
The price is CA $138 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17

Located in the heart of Portsmouth, this hotel is steps from Market Square, Moffatt-Ladd House, and Portsmouth Athenaeum. Tugboat Alley and Portsmouth Brewery ...

4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"Portsmouth is beautiful, very walkable and the hotel is in the perfect location to do so."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 31, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn 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 CA $227 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

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! (454 reviews)

"the ocean views, cozy lobby with fireplace, pool, wonderful staff"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Downtown With A View And Bring Your Dog Too!
Portsmouth Downtown With A View And Bring Your Dog Too!
Portsmouth, NH

This family-friendly Portsmouth vacation home is located on the waterfront, just steps from Jackson House Museum and George Rodgers House. Tugboat Alley and ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (119 reviews)
Awesome!

"We loved our stay and can’t wait to come back!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2021

Portsmouth Downtown With A View And Bring Your Dog Too!
Great Island Inn
Great Island Inn
3.5 out of 5
3 Walbach St, New Castle, NH
The price is CA $151 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

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! (60 reviews)

"So cute!!! Extremely clean! Just what we were looking for!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2020

Great Island Inn
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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Nov 14, 2019

We love to eat at Lexi's Joint. Yummy food. Great shopping

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Sep 29, 2019

Great shopping

4/5 - Good

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May 4, 2019

We were just there to sleep. Didn’t see much of Portsmouth.

4/5 - Good

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Nov 1, 2018

I ate at Row 34. The food was awesome and their local beverage was world class.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 28, 2018

Lovely downtown area, many funky shops and great spots to eat, explore and relax.

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