Portsmouth, NH 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.
Address: 454 Court Street, Portsmouth, NH 03802, United States
Opening hours: May 1 to Oct 31: 10am-5pm
Entrance fee in USD: Family $40.00, Adult $15.00, Child 5-17 $10.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Facilities: Gift shop
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
Opening hours: 1pm-4pm; Sat: 10am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
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.
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.
Children's Museum of Portsmouth
The Children's Museum of Portsmouth features a variety of hands-on educational and entertaining exhibits.
Address: 280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4637, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Closed: Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $6.00, Child $6.00, Senior $5.00, Infants under 1 FREE
Useful tips: Open on Mondays during school holidays.
Facilities: Gift shop
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
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.
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.
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.
Governor John Langdon 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.
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
Opening hours: Jun 1 to Oct 15: 11am-4pm; Closed: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Always closed on: American Independance Day (Jul 4)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $6.00, Senior $5.00, Students $3.00
Useful tips: Tours at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. Open first and third Saturdays.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Water Country in Portsmouth is a water amusement park which features a wave pool, tube ride on a slow river, and other water rides.
The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion was built in 1720. The 42 room mansion was the official residence of Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor.