Portsmouth Travel Guide

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Portsmouth Things to Do

  • Warner House

    My wife and I often walk by this house when we are exploring Portsmouth. The house was built in 1716 and is currently a museum. The house is being refurbished presently and you can take a "hard Hat" tour of the property.

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  • 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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Portsmouth Restaurants

  • Best Pizza in Town

    If you want good pizza in town; this is the place. The restaurant is located in the basement of the Gas Light Building. Upstairs are others restaurants and venues with different dining choices.My wife and I first tried this place when were in town enjoying the sunny summer weather(Memorial Day weekend 2012) and needed some lunch. We had been...

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  • Our Favorite Drink Stop in Portsmouth

    Poco's is our favorite stop when wandering around Portsmouth. The place has a nice restaurant upstairs which we have never bothered with...oh well. We tend to sit at the bar downstairs or their outdoor heated patio when we come here. The atmosphere here is very laid back and inviting. We enjoy hanging out at the bar, chatting with other patrons,...

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  • Yummy soups to warm you up

    The Soupery is a tiny little place here in Portsmouth that sells a small variety of soups. We were walking around when my love spotted the sign saying "Wicked Good Soup" and he had to pop in and see what they had. When I say tiny I mean that only about 6 people can fit comfortably inside. As you enter to the left is the counter with the chalk board...

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Portsmouth Nightlife

  • A favorite spot of ours to enjoy a few...

    Harpoon Willy's is a favorite place for us to grab a few more drinks (we always manage to end our pub crawls here). It's located at the end of the "alley" and it gets very crowded during the warmer summer months. There is a small deck, which is a great place to enjoy a drink while chatting up with the locals. The views are quite nice and the...

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  • Enjoying a drink at the ice bar

    Fat Belly's is a restaurant with a great ice bar located on the second level. We came here specifically to check out the ice bar as someone we had met on an earlier visit recommended we check it out. So, during a subsequent visit to Portsmouth we decided to see what this place was all about. During our first visit here the bar was quite empty with...

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  • Great drinks riverfront

    Poco's has always been a stop during all of our visits to Portsmouth and one of our favorite places to come and grab some really yummy drinks as well as some good food. Back when we first started coming to Portsmouth this was one of their AA I-Dine locations, but no more. They have a nice indoor bar as well as an outdoor bar which makes it a great...

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Portsmouth Transportation

  • Driving from NYC

    We always drive on our visits to Portsmouth. It usually takes about 4+ hours while driving on I-95. Be prepared to pay a few tolls on the way.

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  • Hotel courtesy shuttle bus

    One of the perks we enjoyed about staying at the Marriott Courtyard was the free shuttle into the heart of town. The hotel is located about 1-2 miles from city center and a great way to enjoy some time in town without the added headache of looking for parking, not to mention the fact we wanted to have a drink and we never drink and drive.Scheduling...

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  • Enjoy this small town by walking

    Being a compact town it's easy and convenient to just do all your exploring by foot. Most of the shopping and dinning are located within proximity of each other. If you drive into the town, park the car and just enjoy your time exploring by foot. During the day we drove to town and parked our car and spend a few hours walking around and exploring...

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Portsmouth Shopping

  • Handmade Gourmet Chocolates

    We first discovered this shop several years ago while exploring the town. We would have walked right by this store if the sign hadn't intrigued my wife. The shop is located in a simple brick townhouse so it is easy to miss but the bright crimson sign above does draw attention.From the moment you step inside this shop inside; it was chocolate...

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  • Wonderful Bookstore

    In today's world of Amazon and Barnes and Noble; it is nice to see that there is still an independent bookstore surviving. Sheafe Books to me is a treasure of new and used books. The owner Ken Kozick, is friendly, helpful and knows what his customers want in a book.I love the inviting feel of the shop. I could peruse books all day; they have some...

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  • A few more bracelets to add to my...

    Alex & Ani are artisanal pieces of merchandise (jewelry and other items) that use the concept of sustainability. They have stores around the US and many of their jewelry can be found in large department stores as well as their own stores. The Alex & Ani store here in Portsmouth is quite nice but not as large as the one in Newport. I love their...

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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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