Portsmouth Travel Guide

  • Warner House
    Warner House
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  • Market Street, one of the many streets to explore
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Portsmouth Highlights

  • Pro
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     Many fine homes to tour and buildings plus shopping 

  • Con
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     the little toddler that spilled my coffee >:( 

  • In a nutshell
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     It's like we never left... 

Portsmouth Things to Do

  • Warner House

    Warner House was built in 1716 - 18 and is the only surviving mansion along Daniel Street. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. The guides do a fantastic job and they really bring the house alive with their presentation of the history of the house. I found the wall murals which date back over 200 years to be of particular interest. Over the...

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  • Explore Market Square & surrounding...

    Market Square is a good starting point from which to explore the town of Portsmouth. There is a wide variety shops, coffee houses and restaurants most of which are independent local traders. There are shops to suit all levels of budget and plenty of variety in terms of what to buy. North Church dominates the one side of the Square and, as it can be...

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  • Strawbery Banke

    This is an outdoor museum that is spread over a large area in the south end of Portsmouth. All of the houses are in their original locations with the exception of one, the Goodwin Mansion which was brought here from elsewhere in Portsmouth after it was saved. You are given a map of the museum and take a self-guided tour. Some of the buildings are...

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  • Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

    The house is set in picturesque gardens and overlooks the Piscataqua River. I was lucky enough to be in Portsmouth on one of the days that had been added on to the season. You can only tour the house as part of a guided tour which is both informative and interesting. Photography is not permitted inside the house but you can take pictures in the...

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  • Strawbery Banke Museum

    This museum is named after the original town name and preserves original buildings from various periods of the town.

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  • Point of Graves

    This old graveyard house the oldest affluent members of the town. Guides are avaiable at the entry to the cemetery.

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Portsmouth Restaurants

  • Jump Up

    Definitely on the expensive side, but the waitstaff was excellent, made me feel like part of their family, and the food was excellent.I had the oysters, delicious. Then I had the Crab Grilled Cheese Sliders with tomato soup... a must. Then I had the monkfish (poor man's lobster), with a lobster sauce on it... wow.I will be back.

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  • Good food that is reasonably priced.

    I had arrived in Portsmouth fairly late on in the evening and after looking at one or two menus in other nearby restaurants decided to eat in Fat Belly's. I ordered a Santa Fe Veggie Burger with hand cut French Fries and they were exactly that - hand cut from real potatoes as opposed to the mass produced frozen variety that you get in so many...

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  • Great coffee, great pastries!

    Stopped in here to grab a coffee, this local coffee house is centrally located in Market Square and provides a real alternative to the big chain coffee shops. The place was packed despite the fact that it was quite early in the day. Really good atmosphere, great coffee and cinnamon swirls to die for! There are outside tables as well which I would...

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Portsmouth Nightlife

  • My New Portsmouth Favorite

    Two Ceres Street is my new favorite in town. From the moment we entered I felt more relaxed. The decor is very warm and inviting...Hmmm maybe that was the fireplace. Ther bar has several seats as well as couches and chairs strewn around the fireplace. We decided to have a seat at the bar instead of the fire since we were warm enough. The drink menu...

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  • Enjoying Some Drinks & A Snack

    Poco's is a favorite spot of ours when visiting Portsmouth. Their indoor and outdoor bar is a great place to enjoy some drinks, relax and have a bite to eat. The downstairs bar is a comfortable place to hang out with several tables, couches and plenty of bar seating. We always have a fun time here chatting with the bartenders and other patrons. It...

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  • Everything but Table Dancing...

    Fat Belly is the type of place that I never would venture into in California - divey, questionable characters behind the bar, their idea of "name" vodka is Skyy or Smirnoff, and every drink - whether Coke or a martini - comes in a high ball glass. However, as a reunion venue, it was AWESOME! Drinks were strong and CHEAP - like, $8 dollars a pop...

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Portsmouth Transportation

  • Driving

    Driving is the only way we have ever travelled to Portsmouth. Portsmouth is usually one of our road trip stops when we are heading North on I-95.

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  • Walking Around Portsmouth

    Once we get into Portsmouth and park the car it's time to walk. Portsmouth is a very compact and walkable town. Liz and I enjoy walking the town, wandering into shops and enjoying some drinks along the way.

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  • Take the Red Trolley

    Because I didn't have a car at the Portsmouth meeting, I either had to bum a ride from fellow VTers (thanks, Hansi and Lori!) or take the COAST (Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation) trolley when I wanted to go from my motel to downtown.It was a pleasant way to travel, although I had to get up ungodly early to get to the library when it...

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Portsmouth Shopping

  • Fantastic local craft work

    What an amazing shop. I was spoilt for choice with the quality and range of work created within New Hampshire. All craft work is locally made and the shop supports its local artisans and community. The only thing that stopped me buying loads of stuff was the amount of space that I had in my luggage. I bought a lovely piece of sustainable art from...

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  • Kittery outlets

    Just over 3 miles from Portsmouth is the Maine Kittery Outlets & Kittery Trading Post. There are a huge variety of stores spread over a large area where you can buy men's wear, women's wear, children's wear, household items, sports clothing, outdoor gear, shoes etc etc etc. Some of the big name brands there include Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein,...

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  • Chocolate Heaven

    I came across this shop by accident on my way back from Strawbery Banke. I would equate the shop to an Aladdin's Cave packed full of chocolate.if you let your imagination wander and conjure up what a chocolate shop would look like in your dreams then it would bear a very close resemblance to this one! I found my eyes being drawn to chocolate after...

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Portsmouth Local Customs

  • E-Z Pass Accepted on Toll Roads

    E-Z Pass is accepted at the toll roads which makes our roadtrips much easier with less of a wait at toll plazas.

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  • Street Performers

    As we walked around Portsmouth we stumbled upon a man playing the xylophone. He was making some nice music and getting some well deserved tips.

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  • Evening Theatre in the Park

    During my first visit here we stumbled upon a local production of Oliver in Prescott Park. It has always been one of my favorite shows so I was quite happy to see this. Sadly not many of the pics came out as it was dark and I'm known to have shaky hands with a camera.During my most recent visit they were presenting Beauty and the Beast. This time...

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Portsmouth Warnings and Dangers

  • Keep track of parking time

    There are two large parking lots for 75 cents an hour. The street parking is basically the same time allotted, but then you have to watch the meter, and when you run out. Over by South Mill Pond, and at the high school location, street parking is free, but space may be hard to find. It really is not too far away form the sites at the south end to...

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  • Parking

    The best place to park in downtown Portsmouth is in its parking garage. The garage is quite inexpensive at $0.75 per hour. Parking on the street is allowed, but there is a 2-hour limit on it, and the meter maids are relentless about giving out parking tickets. Parking meters are in effect until 7 PM every night, so if you're parking on the street...

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  • crime stats

    Portsmouth is rated at less than average risk for crimes.Annually the city averages: 1 murder, 10 rapes, 20 assaults/robberies, 750 thefts.The violent crimes are well below average for a city the size of PortsmouthThere are only 17 sexual offenders registered in the metropolitan area.(More info about them can be seen...

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Portsmouth What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Written Sep 9, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Our trips to Portsmouth are usually day trips or when passing through on a roadtrip so a small overnight bag or rollaboard will do.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There is always a breeze off the water so make sure to dress warmly and bring a jacket even in the summer months. Comfortable walking shoes is suggested if you plan on walking the towns hilly areas.

    Photo Equipment: digital camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen, umbrella

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Portsmouth Off The Beaten Path

  • S. Berwick is Back in the Good Old DAys

    Located on the river at Quamphegan falls, it s a very fast running river. The town established in 1624 and incorpoarted 1814. It has 6,000 residents, and many late 1700's buildings. The Salmon-Great Works river was key to progress to have sawmills and a cottom mill. The Cushing House is the local museum-sometimes open.

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  • S. Berwick-Jewett House/Town

    SArah Orne Jewett was a writer and steeped in hsitory from this area. Built in 1774 for s sea captain. Jewet bought in 1819, and still had likved here to early 1900's-she was OLD then.

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  • York Town and Harbor

    The townn of YOrk is nice and well preserved. It is remebering of the old times in 1930-50's for the upscale vacationers to come to the beach and enjoy the ocean breezes. A couple of nice resort complexes are in the middle of town.

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Portsmouth Sports & Outdoors

  • go sailing

    sailing seems like a pretty popular thing to do here. The harbor wind certainly helps a sailboat comes in handy

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  • Pease Golf Course

    One of the older golf courses in New Hampshire, it used to be the Portsmouth Country Club.Greens fees are $30 and a cart is $10 for 18 holes. Another $10 will get you a bucket of balls to practice on the driving range.At the pro shop you can pick up extra balls and tees and talk to locals about the course. You can even get one-on-one instructions...

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Portsmouth Favorites

  • Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

    Our last visit to Portsmouth coincided with Cinco de Mayo. We up in Portsmouth showing our friend Lydia the town and began our Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl at Poco's. Margaritas and Corono's bagan our adventure as we hopped around from bar to bar all day into the night.It was a fun time and surprisingly we didn't find anyone acting rowdy or out of...

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  • A Great Town To Bar Hop

    Portsmouth has some great bars and restaurants throughout the town. Since the town is very walkable it is a great spot to bar hop. Liz and I enjoy hopping from place to place sampling some drinks and appetizers while enjoying the town.

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  • Parking

    I have been lucky to grab a parking spot on the street and I have parked in one of the many municipal garages. Finding a spot on the street is not always easy and requires you to feed the meter to avoid a ticket. The municipal garage provides a guaranteed space and a relatively hassle free visit without worrying about feeding a meter.The...

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