Cobblestone streets meet freshly caught lobsters in Portsmouth. Settled in the early 1600s, Portsmouth is one of America’s oldest cities, known for its charming colonial architecture, historic white churches, leafy parks and bustling port.
Things to do in Portsmouth
Immerse yourself in over 300 years of America’s history at the Strawbery Banke Museum, a four-hectare outdoor heritage park in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic downtown. Wander along the narrow cobblestone streets lined with Georgian homes and Colonial architecture. Try your hand at making traditional crafts taught by costumed role-players and relax in the heritage gardens while the kids meet baby farm animals.
Looking to sample locally produced beer? Microbrews are big in Portsmouth, where you can find a handful of boutique breweries in its winding city streets or venture 20 minutes out of town to taste the big name craft beers at the Smuttynose and Redhook breweries. Visit Portsmouth Book & Bar to see a cosy library-themed restaurant where you can enjoy a beverage while browsing new and used books.
Manicured lawns and summertime concerts can be found in the Prescott Park, but for a truly unique experience, follow the riverside trail on Peirce Island where magnificent views of Memorial Bridge and the Piscataqua River await. After working up an appetite, stop by The River House Restaurant to try one of New Hampshire’s famous lobster rolls.
Getting around Portsmouth
Portsmouth is located midway between Boston and Portland, an easy one-hour drive from each city. Portsmouth International Airport is a 10-minute drive from the centre of town, with taxis and buses available for transport. With plenty of pedestrian-friendly areas, Portsmouth is a pleasant place to explore on foot.