The Portsmouth Historical Society converted the former city library into Discover Portsmouth, a “one-stop” central gateway to the historical, cultural and artistic venues of greater Portsmouth and a new exhibition site displaying the art and history of the region.
The building includes seven four-color, 4-by-8-foot information panels on each of Portsmouth’s historic houses, museums, landmarks and performance venues. The side galleries are filled with rotating exhibits, and the center’s theater hosts continuous showings of “Welcome to Historic Portsmouth,” a film on Portsmouth’s 400-year history.
Walking Tours: May through October
“About an hour and a half of walking with an experienced, knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic guide brought to life the history and details of the place that you would otherwise miss. It was fascinating.” — Louis L., via TripAdvisor
Learn why Portsmouth is the hub of the New Hampshire Seacoast! Our downtown is filled with hidden treasures. Our knowledgeable walking tour guides will introduce you to the city’s rich past and lively present – a unique mix of architecture, specialty shops, and bustling streets nestled in a village-like setting. This 90-minute guided walking tour is sure to bring the history of Portsmouth alive!
Portsmouth Historical Society presents 2019 Tour Offerings
Tour space is limited. Reservations strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Member discounts apply.
All tours depart from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street. Tour guests invited to arrive 30 minutes prior for a free 12 minute film on the history of Portsmouth NH.
Private tours are available upon request for a fee. Please call (603) 436-8433 for more information. Tours are $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Historic Downtown Walking Tour: Daily, 10:30 a.m., 75 minutes
Starting mid-May! Daily 75-minute walking tour covering the streets, stories, buildings and architecture of historic downtown.
Portsmouth Women Tour: 4th Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm. (May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, Sept. 25 & Oct. 23); 3rd Friday of the month at 4:30pm. (May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 & Oct. 18
Learn about the many women who undertook non-traditional roles to become leaders in commerce, the arts, and on the seas.
Historic Preservation Tours with Richard M. Candee, author of Building Portsmouth: Select Saturdays, 10:30am, 75 min.
Portsmouth Advocates presents a series of eight guided architectural walking tours showcasing Portsmouth’s famous neighborhoods, led by local historian, and Portsmouth treasure, Richard Candee. Historic Preservation tours provide an excellent opportunity to dive into the details and stories that make Portsmouth and its neighborhoods unique.
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