More sights. More shopping. More variety. Less time getting around.
One visit to Portsmouth and you’ll be hooked. Amble along our famous Seawall. Stroll through three centuries of historic neighborhoods. Go antiquing. Take in some art. Stand inside a giant soap bubble. And did we mention Portsmouth is home to some of the most delightful restaurants in the region?
Pictured above: Locals and visitors catch the scenic Elizabeth River Ferry for a visit to Norfolk. During baseball season, the Ferry has service directly to Harbor Park to catch The Tides, the Baltimore Oriole’s AAA team.
Many of Portsmouth’s attractions are clustered within easy walking distance of each other, making it the perfect place to spend a day. And with it’s central location, it’s easy to get to – just a quick ferry ride from downtown Norfolk, a 20-minute drive from Virginia Beach, and less than an hour from Colonial Williamsburg.
Portsmouth Sightseeing – A history lover’s dream come true
From its antique and specialty stores to its shade-drenched streets, Olde Towne Portsmouth is much more than one of the area’s most pleasant places to take a stroll. It’s a history lover’s dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of antique homes south of Alexandria. Legend has it that Benedict Arnold was held captive in one of the homes. Another was used by Union Forces to issue passes during the Civil War, while yet another concealed medicine for Confederate soldiers. You can explore this national treasure through a self-guided walking tour (available at the Visitor Information Center) or during seasonal lantern tours or candlelight home tours during special occasions.
Theatre & Entertainment
From an outdoor, waterfront concert venue, to a lovingly restored Art-Deco motion picture theatre, to a 2,000 acoustic gem, we have the perfect place to take in a memorable show.
Portsmouth Museums, Galleries and Historic Properties
The museums, galleries and historic houses of Olde Towne are fun with plenty of education mixed in. It’s like a field trip for the entire family.
Dining In Portsmouth
Now many might say that Portsmouth is a quaint Southern port town, and they wouldn’t be so wrong in that, but when it comes to dining, once again Portsmouth, Virginia is a city full of pleasant surprises. It borders on amazing just how many different parts of Portsmouth’s local and international history surface on the restaurant scene. Classic, and we do mean “the real thing,” southern cookin’? Got it. Exotic spins on international cuisine? Got it. Steaks, burgers, fries & big TV’s? Got them, too. So, you’re here and you’re hungry, well good. There’s no question good eating is part of the adventure of Portsmouth.
Shopping in Olde Towne Portsmouth
A little something for everyone. The concentration of antique stores along High Street has made it one of Hampton Road’s antiquing hot spots. Visit the Olde Towne Business Association’s Web site at OldeTownePortsmouth.com
Stay in Portsmouth
Olde Towne’s affordable accommodations allow guests to relax to comforting harbor sounds. With choices ranging from hotels, bed and breakfast inns, motels and high-rise apartment buildings, our visitors have access to more than 700 guest rooms.