Portsmouth Port Guide

Portsmouth Port is the only seaport for the state of New Hampshire. Situated on the southern banks of the Piscatagua River, just across from Kittery Maine, the port is surrounded by lush green forests and scenic mountains. Portsmouth port of call, declared in 2008 as one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in the USA, is a haven for cruise tourists. 

Settled by Europeans in 1630, the port was renamed by the colonizers as Strawberry Banke. This was due to the existence of numerous wild strawberries that grew along the banks of the river. Agriculture and industrial trade flourished in the region leading to an exponential growth of the port. 

For several years during the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the port was one of the busiest and most important ports in the United States. In the twentieth century, the port expanded its horizons to build a Portsmouth cruise port; it is also a vital center for the construction and repair of submarines. 


Several shopping areas are immediately accessible from the Portsmouth cruise terminal. The city is proud of its historical role; a number of products reflect this heritage. Items including ceramic and wooden figurines depict the city’s role in history. These items are among the favorite souvenirs. Fashion clothes and jewelries made by local artisans are also some of the best items to buy. 

The downtown section is quaint with old brick streets and buildings; it contains numerous boutiques that are fun to browse. The Choozy Shooz offers and eclectic array of shoes. Also found in the shop are well-known brands and product lines. The NJM Gallery offers arts and crafts considered to be of museum quality. 

Things to See

Portsmouth is one of the oldest cities in the United States. With an historic seaport that brims with attractions, visitors will never be bored.  Located in a quaint and peaceful setting, the port is a walking pleasure. The Strawberry Banke Museum offer 42 buildings constructed from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Faithfully preserved, some of the buildings have changing exhibits and displays of art and sculpture. The museum also sponsors an archaeology field school. 

The Albacore Museum and Park is a great place to end your tour. On display is the USS Albacore, a submarine built in Portsmouth and operated from 1953 until 1972. Here you can find information about the maritime history of the port. 

Restaurants and Bars

Barbecued meat dishes are the most popular cuisine served by most restaurants in Portsmouth. With its distinct and spicy flavor, these dishes are favored with the locals. The Black Trumpet Bistro offers great meat dishes of lamb chops and steaks grilled and served hot. It also offers an ambiance of comfort and charm with a magnificent view of the harbor; the menu changes monthly.

The Brazo Restaurant offers a Mexican flavor to grilled meat and seafood sizzlers. Served with fresh fruits and vegetables, it comes with a wide array of spices. 

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