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“Beautiful sight!”

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
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Owner description: Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, located next to Fort Constitution in New Castle, New Hampshire, is open for guided tours every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., late May through mid-October. For a small suggested donation, visitors can climb to the top and see the Fresnel lens as well as a breathtaking view of Portsmouth Harbor. Visit our website for more information on open houses and special events.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

We love lighthouses so any chance we get to stop in and see one we take. This one did not disappoint!

Thank John P
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

This lighthouse is smaller than most, at only 50' tall, but being able to go up inside to the top was a unique experience that I would not have missed. It was worth the trip to see it. They only do the tours of the lighthouse on Sundays. This is something that all ages would like. We had a wait to get inside of about 30 minutes maybe. Once we got in, it took maybe 20 minutes or so.

1  Thank Jill R
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Located within Fort Constitution, this picturesque landmark is worth seeing. We visited just before sunset, making the view even more dramatic. Very important to stay within the blue line marked on the road, as the Coastguard Station to the right of that is off-limits. Different views of the lighthouse can be seen by walking around the Fort grounds. From here, Whaleback Ledge Light and Wood Island Life Saving Station can also be seen.

Thank JohnF47
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The lighthouse has tours from May 25-October 12 ,sundays from 1pm-5 pm.The lighthouse also has special event tours -July 12, August 2,7,9.The suggested donation is 4 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.The tour is given in 2 parts ,halfway and at the top.Tour lasts about 45 minutes.Expect to climb 44 moderately steep stairs (with railings and then 7 rungs)..Pictures books and postcards are available for purchase.

There is limited parking available at the coast guard entrance gate.You must enter thru the coast guard gate and stay on the designated visitors path before reaching the lighthouse.Fort Constitution is on the coast guard property and is worth a look.

The lighthouse has a vivid green blinking light.Great views of the lighthouse can be viewed from New Castle Commons park,the street before the coast guard station and Fort Stark.The illusion of the full moon signaling the lighthouse and vice versa can be viewed during the evening of a full moon

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We enjoyed visiting the harbor lighthouse - but parking to get there was annoyingly limited. It was a combo tour of about 4 different volunteers, and felt it was well worth the trip to see

2  Thank Beavis007
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