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Address: 25 Wentworth Rd, New Castle, NH 03854-3004
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+1 603-534-0537

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, located next to Fort Constitution in New...

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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I travel the country to visit lighthouses and this is a good one. It is located on an active Coast Guard Base so be aware, and parking is limited. It's also located on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bob F
Goshen, New York
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Goshen, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I travel the country to visit lighthouses and this is a good one. It is located on an active Coast Guard Base so be aware, and parking is limited. It's also located on the grounds of an old fort so plan on spending some time to explore and enjoy. Beautiful views and a cool old fort, what could be better.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Stunning, iconic lighthouse. It's located on a Coast Guard base with limited viewing times, but we turned down a side street nearby and, boom, there it was. Perfect photo op!

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Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Situated on an active Coast Guard Base. Follow the blue line on the base into Fort Constitution. Take the stairs to the right and you can get a pretty good view of it from atop the fort. During certain times of the year it's open to the public so if you'd like to be able to go inside plan ahead.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

While on our trip up the east coast to see lighthouses the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was definitely on our list. We easily found it by the GPS on our cell. This lighthouse is located on an active Coast Guard Station. Follow signs for Fort Constitution. Parking is free. As you start to walk towards the lighthouse, you'll discover signs that... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

You can see it from miles around, but to gain access you will need to make arrangements as the lighthouse sits on an active Coast Guard base. Very clean inside. East walk to the top and great view, especially of Fort Constitution.

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Tenants Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

On a ride around New Castle, we stumbled on a sign directing us to a special open Lighthouse Day. Since we had been denied admission to the Lighthouse on a previous visit to Fort Constitution, we were delighted. The Lighthouse is run by a non-profit organization and is open on Sundays. For a nominal fee, we were divided into small... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

i have been to many quaint new england towns but this one is by far one of the prettiest - it seems quite remote once you pass over small causeway and there isn't much to do but this little community on the sea has beautifully manicured lawns, winding roads, stone walls and views from every nook and cranny - i... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This was NOT easy to find, and we never did locate a great place to stop and look. Maybe we missed it, but we did finally find a side road that gave us the view. Took a few pictures and headed on our way. It was pretty.

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Derry, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I really in joyed my visit here, it was limited to restricted areas due to the military . But the area we were allowed to go was beautifully kept, we were able to be close to the ocean and view a light house , we had the option to tour the lighthouse but would have had to reserve at an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great time at portsmouth harbor lighthouse. We had visited Nubble Lighthouse and was a little disappointed we couldn't go into the lighthouse. After doing a little online search we found portsmouth. What a great choice we made! The view from the top was awesome and as an added bonus we also visited Fort Constitution.

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