Portsmouth Tourist Attractions

Until 1808, the port town of Portsmouth, founded in 1630 at the mouth of the Piscataqua, was the state capital. A walk round the district of Strawberry Bank with its handsome old houses will introduce visitors to the town's past.

Strawbery Banke Museum

Strawbery Banke was the name of the settlement which began at Portsmouth. The Strawbery Banke Museum is a ten acre complex which depicts the everyday life of the early settlers to the area. Historic houses and staff in period costumes help to recreate the setting.
The Abbott Corner Store has been restored and stocked with items from the time of WWII. Some of the other structures in the complex include the Pitt Tavern (1770), Wheelwright House (1780), Drisco House (1795), Walsh House (1796), and Chase House (1815), as well many others.
Official site: www.strawberybanke.org
Address: 454 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802, United States

Prescott Park

Located within Prescott Park are two warehouses, one of which is the 1705 Sheafe Warehouse which now houses the Folk Art Museum. The park also offers gardens, fountains and a pier.
Address: Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Athenaeum Library and Museum

The Portsmouth Athenaeum was established in 1817. It was a library which could only be used by shareholders. The building itself was built for the Fire and Marine Insurance Company, incorporated in 1803. The building today is still used for a private library which has over 300 members.
Address: 9 Market Square, 3rd floor, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company in Portsmouth offers sightseeing cruises of the Isles of Shoals and the Portsmouth Harbor on replicas of 19th century steamships. The boats stop at Star Island, where passengers can hop and explore the island. Various theme cruises are available.
Official site: www.islesofshoals.com
Address: 315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0311, United States

Port of Portsmouth Maritime Museum and Albacore Park (USS Albacore)

The USS Albacore was a prototype for modern day submarines. It was built in 1952 and used for almost twenty years to test new submarine equipment and devices. A nearby Memorial Garden is dedicated to those killed in the submarine services.
Official site: www.ussalbacore.org
Address: 600 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3361, United States

Children's Museum of Portsmouth

The Children's Museum of Portsmouth features a variety of hands-on educational and entertaining exhibits.
Official site: www.childrens-museum.org
Address: 280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4637, United States

Portsmouth Harbour Trail

The Portsmouth Harbor Trail runs past historic homes and the waterfront. Guided tours are available.
Address: Box 239, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0239, United States

Warner House

The Warner House in downtown Portsmouth was built in 1716. The house has 18 inch thick brick walls. It was originally built for Captain Archibald Macpheadris and his wife Sarah Wentworth but was named for their son-in-law Jonathan Warner. Exhibits include the oldest Colonial wall paintings still in place, Smalt Room, and first example of Queen Anne furniture known in US.
Official site: www.warnerhouse.org
Address: 150 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0895, United States

John Paul Jones House

The John Paul Jones House was built in 1758 in Portsmouth. It was built by Captain Gregory Purcell and turned into a guesthouse later by his widow. Among the guests who lived at the house was Captain John Paul Jones. On display in the house are collections of china, silver, glass, portraits, and clothing.
Address: 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Moffatt-Ladd House

The Moffatt-Ladd House in Portsmouth was built in 1763 by John Moffatt but is better known as the home of his son-in-law, William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house still contains original furniture and the grounds feature formal gardens.
Official site: www.moffattladd.org
Address: 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3730, United States

Governor John Langdon House

The Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth was built by John Langdon, the New Hampshire Senate's president in 1785. The interior of the home features ornate woodwork and period furnishings.
Address: 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4506, United States

Wentworth-Gardner House

The Wentworth-Gardner House in Portsmouth was built in 1760 for Thomas Wentworth as a wedding gift from his father. On display in the houses is a collection of Wallace Nutting photos.
Address: 50 Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4624, United States

Rundlet-May House

The Rundlet-May House was built in 1807 in Portsmouth by James Rundlet. The house features furniture made by local craftsmen.
Address: 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Water Country

Water Country in Portsmouth is a water amusement park which features a wave pool, tube ride on a slow river, and other water rides.
Official site: www.watercountry.com
Address: 2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion

The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion was built in 1720. The 42 room mansion was the official residence of Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor.
Address: Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801, United States


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