New Castle, NH: New Castle, the only town in NH composed entirely of islands, covers approximately 500 acres (.8 square miles). New Castle was founded in 1623 and is home to the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel, a UNH marine research laboratory, a Coast Guard station, and Fort Constitution and Fort Stark state parks.
Fort Constitution: Fort Constitution is one of seven forts built to protect Portsmouth Harbor. (Stop with restrooms)
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard: Established in 1800, the shipyard today is responsible for the overhaul, repair and modernization of Los Angeles-class submarines.
Stops and sites along the tour include:
The Jackson House: The oldest surviving wood frame house in New Hampshire and Maine was built by
flowers are planted in "trial gardens." (Stop with restrooms)
Strawbery Banke Museum: Originally named Strawbery Banke by early (1630) British settlers for the wild berries growing there, Strawbery Banke today is unique among outdoor history museums. It traces 375 years of history in one of America's oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods.
Coastal Maine Tours including Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are available by special request. Contact us for details.
Private Walking and Driving Tours
Interested in all the historic forts? Want to spend a little more time learning about the historic houses of Portsmouth?
Seacoast New Hampshire Heritage Tours can tailor a private tour to you and your group.
Contact us for details and pricing.
Cape Neddick “Nubble” Lighthouse and Park (stop). Built in 1879 on a small island just off the Cape Neddick, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed in Maine.
Old York Village, Old Gaol
(1719 jail) and Old Burial Ground. Settled in 1624, York became the first incorporated city in America in 1642.
The 18 miles of coastline between Maine and Massachusetts is lined with stately mansions and summer homes from a by-gone era and provides some of the best views of the Isles of Shoals.
You will discover the history of Portsmouth,
and used to defend Portsmouth Harbor through the Civil War.
building remaining from the Colonial period.
Follow us on Facebook
President George Washington. President Washington visited the home in 1789.
Point of Graves: Point of Graves Burial Ground dates back to 1671 and is home to many prominent figures in Portsmouth's history.
The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion: Home to New Hampshire's first royal governor, Benning Wentworth. The rambling, forty-room mansion is one of the most outstanding homes remaining of the colonial era. (Stop)
3-Hour Kittery & York Maine Tour
The 3 hour Kittery and York Maine tour is a drive through historic Kittery and York Maine with views of the beautiful Piscataqua River, Portsmouth Harbor and the Maine coastline.
The Kittery and York Maine Tour begins in downtown Portsmouth.
Stops and Sites along the tour include:
Historic Kittery and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Settled in 1623 Kittery is the home of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the old continuously operated US Navy shipyard.
Prescott Park: Formerly a run-down industrial area of Portsmouth, Prescott Park was bequeathed to the City as a park by Josie Prescott. Each summer, more than 500 varieties of
Sir William Pepperell House and Tomb. The 1683 home of Sir William Pepperell, the hero of the Battle of Louisburg, Nova Scotia during the French and Indian Wars and the acting governor of colonial Massachusetts and his nearby tomb.
The Best of Portsmouth & the NH Seacoast Tour-Our most popular tour.
Explore the Rich History of
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Our most popular tour, The 3 1/2 hour Best of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Seacoast Tour combines the Signature Heritage Tour of Portsmouth with a tour of New Hampshire's scenic and historic seacoast.
Richard Jackson, a woodworker, farmer, and mariner. (Stop)
North Cemetery: Final resting place of several notable colonial figures.
Moffatt-Ladd House: One of the finest Georgian mansions and a National Historic Landmark.
Warner House: The Warner House is the earliest extant brick urban mansion in New England.
Historic Hancock Wharf . Once owned by Declaration of Independence signer and wealthy merchant, the John Hancock Warehouse was one the many wharves and warehouses which fronted the river and York Harbor in the 18th century and is the only remaining commercial
his steward during two visits to Portsmouth.
Governor John Langdon House: Home to NH's first Governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Signature Heritage Tour of Portsmouth New
Our Signature Heritage Tour is a 3-hour van tour designed to give you an overview of the history of the Portsmouth area, with a particular focus on 1600-1820. The tour makes several stops (indicated below) along the way where you can take a few minutes to walk around and explore further.
Limited to 5 people per tour, you will have a chance to have all your questions answered by your knowledgeable tour guide while riding comfortably inside a climate controlled mini van.
The Signature Heritage Tour begins in downtown Portsmouth NH.
NH combined with the breathtaking coastline of New Hampshire lined with mansions from the by-gone Gilded Age.
Wentworth Lear Houses: Built in 1760, the Wentworth-Gardner house is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in this country. The Lear House was built in 1740 by Captain Tobias Lear III, the grandfather of Tobias Lear V, who became the private secretary to