Portsmouth Harbour Trail Tours
Settled in 1623, Portsmouth, N.H., sits on the banks of the Piscataqua River only four miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. The city is a vital working port steeped in history and rich in cultural offerings. The Portsmouth Harbour Trail is an ideal way to explore this pedestrian-friendly city.
Visitors may pick up a copy of the Portsmouth Harbour Trail Guide and Map at the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce or one of the many supporting businesses in the downtown area. The Trail itself is divided into three distinct loops, which wind their way through the city's downtown and waterfront areas–all are marked by bright blue Trail signs.
There is much to see and do here, from the working waterfront and the dazzling array of flowers at Prescott Park to Strawbery Banke Museum's neighborhoods and historic homes where George Washington and John Hancock were guests. There is something for everyone.
Knowledgeable Portsmouth Harbour Trail guides offer
regularly scheduled tours Thurs.–Mon. from July through mid-October. Tours leave from the Market Square Kiosk. (Reservations are recommended. Call 603-436-3988.)
Starting at the Information Kiosk in Market Square, our guides will lead you through the historic downtown, and along the waterfront. The tour provides an intimate look at Portsmouth's early and ongoing relationship with the river. You will also hear fascinating stories of early settlers, patriots, ship captains, and industrialists. Fri. & Mon., 10:30 a.m.
This tour features costumed role players who bring life
to the colorful tales of the merchants, madams, sailors and immigrants who mingled along Portsmouth's waterfront at the turn of the 20th century. You will hear how the brothels on Water St. thrived, how they influenced the politics of the day, and how they met their eventual demise at the hands of a “reformist.” Thurs.& Sat., 5:30 p.m.
The 32-page full-color Portsmouth Harbour Trail Map & Guide is designed for self-guided tours. The easy-to-read Guide enables you to explore the narrow streets at your own pace. You will see the many places and read about personalities that make Portsmouth what it is today.
As you walk along the Trail, you will notice buildings and other structures that reflect a rich collection of architectural styles, ranging from early colonial through Federalist, Victorian and Neo-classical styles to the more contemporary. If you are like many visitors, you may not be able to resist exploring the many fascinating historic homes and museums as you walk the Trail.
Harbour Trail Merchandise
Portsmouth Harbour Trail merchandise is available at
the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and
participating stores throughout the local area. (Orders may be placed via phone, mail & email with VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card. Postage charges are extra.)
Adult M, L, XL $15.00
Adult XXL 17.00
Children S, M & L 12.00
Adult M, L, XL 30.00
Adult XXL 32.00
Baseball Caps: 16.00
Portsmouth Harbour Trail Game: 7.50
Portsmouth Harbour Trail Guide & Map: 2.00
For more details, or to book a tour, call (603) 436-3988, ext. 10 or email [email protected].