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Things to do in Portsmouth

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Portsmouth. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Portsmouth attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Portsmouth to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Portsmouth.

  • Annabelle's Natural Ice Cream

    Annabelle’s owner, retired doctor Lewis Palosky, thinks of himself as “an artist, not a businessman,” and his credo is evident in the thick—difficu... More
  • Strawberry Banke Museum

    The living-museum aims to make history real: costumed docents explain what life was like in Portsmouth from the late 17th to the mid-20th centuries... More
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