About The Harbour Trail
The Portsmouth Harbour Trail celebrates the historical significance of Portsmouth New Hampshire. It embodies our commitment to preservation of our arts and culture. We invite you to explore our galleries and gift shops, our historic buildings and museums, our waterfront and a host of restaurants tucked into the many corners of our city.
The Harbour Trail covers the following three areas of the city:
- Downtown And The Waterfront
This first section explores the development of the commercial downtown and waterfront area. It should take about an hour on foot.
- The South End
This section of the trail explores the commercial development of Pleasant Street and State Street and the residential character of the South End. The walk will take about an hour.
- State Street To Haymarket Square And Congress Street
This section of the tour explores the commercial and residential areas of Portsmouth developed between 1800 and 1900. It will take about a half hour to walk.
Tours will be offered on Mondays, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the Columbus Day weekend. All tours begin and end at the Market Square Kiosk. Tickets are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 8 to 14 years. Under 8 years are free. Group tours may be arranged by calling Marge Hubbard, Tourism Manager, at (603) 436-3988. The schedule is as follows:
10:30 AM - Harbour Trail Highlights Tour.
Discover Portsmouth's history and beauty as you walk through the city's quaint downtown, along the waterfront, and through neighborhood streets that date back to the 17th century. Knowledgeable tour guides will enlighten you with stories of coloful Portsmouth residents and dignitaries and answer your questions during the hour and a half tour. Highlights Tour - Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 10:30 AM, Sunday at 1:30 PM
5:30 PM - Twilight Tour
Hear tales of the "Merchants and Madams, Sailors and Immigrants" that mingled in Portsmouth at the turn of the 20th century (late 1800's and early 1900's). You'll learn how bordellos and bars that catered to both sailors and politicians were allowed to exist and were eventually put out of business and then "swept under the carpet" when Portsmouth's pristine Prescott Park and Strawbery Banke Museum were created. Tour lasts about an hour. Twilight Tour - Thursday through Saturday and Monday at 5:30 PM
Contributions to the Portsmouth Harbour Trail,
a non-profit organization, are always welcome.
Portsmouth Harbour Trail
PO Box 239
Portsmouth, NH 03802
Make checks payable to the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Sites Along The Harbour Trail