Portsmouth Harbour Trail


GUIDED TOURS
Portsmouth Harbour Trail 'Highlights Tour'
Named a Yankee Magazine Best of New England 2009 Editors' Choice

Explore New Hampshire's Best Walking City on foot!

Portsmouth boasts 400 years of history, culture, architecture, and scenic beauty. You can see it all along the Portsmouth Harbour Trail. Join a walking tour and let our knowledgeable guides highlight the historic homes, trademark tugboats and working waterfront, vibrant Market Square, colorful Prescott Park, and more.

Depending on which tour you take, you'll hear stories about the rich and famous to the humble merchants and madams who had thriving businesses here. You may also hear about the brewers and politicians, fishermen and boat builders, writers, editors, and publishers that made Portsmouth the talk of the nation in their day. Learn how diplomats from around the globe made peace here while others simply came to paint, write, or play their music. You'll find that the people who were born here, worked here, or moved here over the past three centuries weave a colorful cultural tapestry. Portsmouth was, and still is, a town full of characters.

Highlights Tour *Named a Yankee Magazine Best of New England 2009 Editors' Choice
Walk through Portsmouth's historic downtown and hear fascinating stories of early settlers, patriots, ship builders, and entrepreneurs. Unlike those who settled other colonies for religious reasons, they came to Portsmouth to find their fortune.

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Tour (on request)
Over a century ago, the eyes of the world turned to Portsmouth, NH as the center of an international event - the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty that ended a bloody war between Japan and Russia. President Theodore Roosevelt agreed to mediate the peace process and was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts. This tour will introduce you to the people, places & events of the peace process, from the delegates' arrival by ship to the symphony of church bells that declared the peace throughout the city on September 5, 1905.

Literary Lions Tour (on request)
Highlights the various forms of writing and storytelling in Portsmouth - including the poetry of Celia Thaxter, the writings of Thomas Bailey Aldrich, early newspapers and the evolution of the printing press, the Athenaeum - the oldest private library in New Hampshire, and more.

Schedule: Late June to early October.  Tours are 10: 30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  All tours depart from the Market Square info kiosk, and last approximately one hour.  Total distance walked is around one mile.

Prices: Adults $12; Seniors $10; Students 8-14, $8; Under 8, Free.
Reservations are not required unless noted above, or for groups of six or more.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at 603-610-5518 or info@portsmouthchamber.org

Private group walking tours and step-on bus guide service available year-round by reservation. Please call the Chamber's Tour Coordinator, Joan Chawziuk, at 603-610-5522.

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