We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Constitution Historic Site

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Route 1B, U.S. Coast Guard Station, New Castle, NH
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 45 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 7
  • 14
    Very good
  • 18
  • 3
  • 3
Beautiful old fort.

This place is located in the Coast Guard station. Not many parking spaces but we were the only ones there at that time. This is a beautiful fort right on the water right next to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Manchester, New Hampshire
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
New Castle, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This fort is arguably where the first hostilities of the American Revolution took place, five months before the better-known battles at Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, some 60 miles distant. The Revolitionary War actually began in December 1774 when a group of colonists, prompted by Paul Revere's ride to Portsmouth the day before, overpowered the British garrison at Fort William &... More 

Thank J Michael D
Manchester, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is located in the Coast Guard station. Not many parking spaces but we were the only ones there at that time. This is a beautiful fort right on the water right next to Portsmouth Harbor Light. It was first built in 1631 and it has an interesting history.

Thank deniselamb
Goffstown, NH
Level Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Ft. Constitution is a lovely place to pop in and visit a historic site with great views of the harbor. That's about it. You will have a very closeup view of Portsmouth Harbor Light because it's RIGHT THERE, but you'd probably need to be further back to really be able to see it well. You have to park and squeeze... More 

Thank Erika_F
Hibbing, Minnesota
Level Contributor
82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Not much left of the place, but was interesting to walk around and learn the history. Great views looking out to harbor

Thank Kj K
Level Contributor
223 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great location with an opportunity to walk back into history starting with Revolutionary War period. The atrraction is rather simple but location on Portsmouth Harbor affords some fantastic views. We had the run of the place on an early Friday afternoon, nice to have no crowds or other people around. Worth a stop for less than an hour, hold onto... More 

Thank tqmman2002
United States
Level Contributor
173 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Have stopped by here a number of times over the years. The best thing about this location is the views. As others have noted, the area could use a little TLC and more info / interpretive signage. You can walk around the property in 10-15 minutes ... but if you stop to enjoy the view and breezes ... I've also... More 

Thank vb22
Hanover, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This Fort was not what we had hoped for. There were no signs anywhere to help you understand the historic site and we left very disappointed. There were some nice views of the bay and the Maine coast but overall I would not take anyone back there

Thank Jon H
North Shore, MA
Level Contributor
147 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

We made an early spring visit to Fort Constitution State Historic Site, one of several former forts on Portsmouth Harbor. The fort itself is in disrepair, and we were cautious of debris and other obstacles as we walked around. Interpretive signs are few, and those we found presented little information (I suggest visitors read about the fort and its long... More 

Thank Route128North
Level Contributor
138 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Went to get a picture of the Portsmouth lighthouse and thought we would see the fort as well. It was a cold windy day so we didn't stay long. Although there is not a lot to do at the fort it does have some great views and its nice to learn a little history. Bonus is that the drive there... More 

Thank namron_1972
campton, NH
Level Contributor
107 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is just one of the many forts that line the Maine, NH and MA shoreline that were developed before the Civil War and were upgraded during the first half of the twentieth century. The fort is next to the Coast Guard Station and is free. Spending 30-60 minutes on the grounds gives you a good idea of the history... More 

Thank doogha

Travelers who viewed Fort Constitution Historic Site also viewed


Been to Fort Constitution Historic Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Fort Constitution Historic Site staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?