Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, New Castle

#9 of 55 in Historic Sites in New Hampshire
Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
A chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, caring for two historic lighthouses in New Castle, NH (Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse), and Kittery, ME (Whaleback Lighthouse).
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  • While a bit out of the way, we found there's a lot of fascinating history about the lighthouse and the surrounding park.  more »
  • We were able to get married at this majestic landmark! My wife and I reached out to the the amazingly accommodating non-profit organization Friend of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. They were very helpful and made our event planning super easy. On our day, Cynthia helped usher guest to the unique setting and worked to make the event go off without a concern. Fantastic space for a wedding, and truly remarkable photographs for a lifetime to cherish. Thanks again, Friends of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse non-profit organization!
  • Closed at 4 pm on a weekday. We drove a long way to see it and were disappointed we could not at least walk up to it. You can see it from an alcove further down the shore about a 1/4 mile away. We drove back the next morning at 10:30 and the gate was still locked. The sign says it is open from 8 am until 4 pm. We called a number listed for the Lighthouse and heard a recorded message about it being open in the afternoon. The polite coastguard officer told us it varies but that we could not get past the gate without a tour guide. My advice:. Call before you make the trip and talk to a live person.

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