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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

25 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854-3004
+1 603-534-0537
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Going strong since 1771

This lighthouse is slightly difficult to locate, but, it is well worth the trouble. An important... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
gamcaldwell
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Sebastopol, California
New Castle Island

I am biased...I was born in this little island town. Non commercial, on Portsmouth Harbor, great... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2017
morningskydesign
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Park City, Utah
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Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, located next to Fort Constitution in New Castle, New Hampshire, is open for guided tours every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., late May through mid-October. For a small suggested donation, visitors can climb to the top and see the Fresnel lens as well as a breathtaking view of Portsmouth Harbor. Visit our website for more information on open houses and special events.
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25 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854-3004
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This lighthouse is slightly difficult to locate, but, it is well worth the trouble. An important piece of American history, this light was first illuminated in 1771 by a light produced by 3 oil lamps made of copper. It was the first light station established...More

Thank gamcaldwell
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

I am biased...I was born in this little island town. Non commercial, on Portsmouth Harbor, great views to the Isles of Shoals, fun to walk in this historic town that was incorporated in 1623 and Portsmouth is just 5 minutes away and the NH Seacoast...More

Thank morningskydesign
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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely view from New Castle Beach/Great Islamd Common, New Castle, NH. Beautiful area. Can also see Whaleback Lighthouse

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

As I said I only saw the lighthouse from the water, but it looked like a nice place to visit so I think I will go for a visit this sunday.

Thank Tim3771
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This lighthouse is open on Sunday afternoons for tours. All of the volunteers were very knowledgeable and friendly. The climb to the top was not bad at all. If in the area, I recommend visiting and touring

Thank Dalen1970
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Various school groups as well as lighthouse groups offer tours and the opportunity to climb the tower. Lots of history in this active area. Great photo opportunities of the lighthouse as well as ocean / river.

Thank NorgeNH
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Reviewed 8 August 2017

This is the landmark historic site of the Fort William and Mary (1174 raid), where the kids can climb and play. We had a nice picnic and wished we had brought kites!! The sweeping ocean views are spectacular. The total tour is less than an...More

Thank CMLS2014
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

Using the GPS on our phone took us right up to it, but yet we couldn't see it. It was after 4pm, so Fort Constitution was closed. We noticed a park across the way and thought we could get a view from there. We drove...More

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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

It was a cold windy cloudy day in May but worth the time to get in and see the views from the top. The volunteers were helpful. Groups of 8 go up at a time so the wait can be long if it is busy....More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Great view, could spend a whole day here or just a few hours. Perfect for all ages and plenty to do.

Thank Kristen G
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