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Discover Portsmouth

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Address: 10 Middle St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4305
Phone Number: 603.436.8433
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1hr walking tour + video = Overview of Portsmouth

Before our 1hr walking tour we saw a 15 min video about the history of Portsmouth. It was a great way to get an overview of the city and know where to focus the rest of our time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Teresa N
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Before our 1hr walking tour we saw a 15 min video about the history of Portsmouth. It was a great way to get an overview of the city and know where to focus the rest of our time while in the area. The walk is not strenuous and the guide is very friendly and willing to answer questions. The visitor... More 

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seacoast, nh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stopped in to get a historic feel for portsmouth before touring some of the historic houses. We saw a quick 12 minute film which was interesting, but there were no historic exhibits or much info to pick up. I expected to see brochures of the many houses, info on the gundalow, etc. I hoped the black history section would... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took the one hour walking tour in the morning as we did not have time for an afternoon tour. We began with a short film in the Discover Portsmouth center which was good background. Then we had about a 75 minute tour around the heart of downtown. Very interesting and worth the price by far. It does not go... More 

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Enfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went on the discover Portsmouth walking tour and it was so awesome! Sharon was extremely considerate from the beginning of the tour asking if we had any time constraints as the tour does go about 1hr45min long. However as they say time flies as your having fun and being educated about the town Portsmouth at the same time! Sharon's... More 

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Thank loribo6862
Reading, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly enjoyed a very informative walking tour of fascinating Portsmouth with historian Richard Candee. This gentleman was interesting, knowledgeable and willingly entertained all questions. The walk focused on the Brick Act of 1814. I look forward to returning to Portsmouth for additional walks. Thank you Richard.

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Reston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend was having an exhibit of her work at the Discover Portsmouth bldg. Wendy Turner is a well-known painter in this area and had the whole exhibit area to display her work. We could not believe how beautiful her paintings are - quite a variety of subjects. Feel very happy we could experience this. I believe her show continues... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the food tour. This is a great place for local arts and crafts and practical things .The staff was friendly and helpful. Interesting short film about the history of the area. Delightful!

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Tenants Harbor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

As recent transplants to NH, my husband and I were eager to re-quaint ourselves with the area. We, therefore, were urged to take the one hour walking tour from the Portsmouth Historical Society. The tour lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes, during which we passed buildings embodying several different types of architecture which have had different uses throughout the... More 

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Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.Tour was about 1.5 hr so wear good shoes. Portsmouth has no easy parking;you need to arive early enough to find some.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Housed in the old Public Library it has a introductory film and lots of basic information about the town and attractions. It also has great are exhibitions that change regularly. The staff is very helpful with questions.

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