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Portsmouth
Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organised walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired US Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum... more Don your walking shoes, breathe in the ocean air and set out to discover this picturesque maritime town. You can join one of several organised walking tours or explore on your own. Portsmouth is filled with old homes and museums, and you'll have your pick of fascinating historic sites. Climb aboard the USS Albacore, a retired US Navy submarine offering tours and exhibits. View an 18th-century garden, striking stairway and period furniture at the Moffatt Ladd House, the home of William Whipple, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, or follow a costumed guide through the John Paul Jones House, home of the Revolutionary War naval hero. For a broader look at the city's history, visit Strawbery Banke Museum, where over 40 buildings have been assembled to depict Portsmouth life from 1695 to 1950, complete with costumed actors. If you know architecture, Portsmouth's array of Colonial, Federalist and Neo-classical styles will dazzle you. Weary of walking? Sit down for a meal at one of Portsmouth's fine eateries or relax on a narrated harbour or whale-watching cruise. less

All things to do » Things to do

Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum
Owner description: Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31... more Owner description: Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31, 10 am to 2 pm with last tour starting at 2 pm. Labrie Family Skate outdoor ice rink at the museum is open daily 9 am to 9 pm (except for occasional private rentals). less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Market Square
Market Square
Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original... more Owner description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Prescott Park
Prescott Park
Attraction type: Gardens; Parks
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USS Albacore Museum
USS Albacore Museum
Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny... more Owner description: Kids will love exploring this retired 1953 U.S. Navy submarine which served as a test bed for other submarine systems and now gives visitors a feel for the tight quarters, tiny berths and general submarine lifestyle. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Speciality Museums
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Isles of Shoals
Isles of Shoals
Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.
Attraction type: Islands

All places to eat » Places to eat

Surf
Surf
Ranked #1 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Popovers On The Square
Popovers On The Square
Ranked #2 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Soups
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Lexie's Joint
Lexie's Joint
Ranked #3 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Row 34
Row 34
Ranked #4 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe
Ranked #5 of 202 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Price: US$22 - US$32
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Martin Hill Inn
Martin Hill Inn
US$105 - US$200
Ranked #2 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns
Howard Johnson Portsmouth
2.0 of 5
Howard Johnson Portsmouth
US$100 - US$218
Ranked #11 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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The Inn at Strawbery Banke
The Inn at Strawbery Banke
US$100 - US$150
Ranked #3 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

The Hotel Portsmouth
2.0 of 5
The Hotel Portsmouth
US$214 - US$325
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
3.0 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Portsmouth Downtown
US$199 - US$455
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Port Inn Portsmouth
3.0 of 5
Port Inn Portsmouth
US$134 - US$302
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
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