DIRECTIONS TO PORTSMOUTH HARBOR LIGHTHOUSE

Directions from Route 95 North or South: Take Exit 5 (Portsmouth Circle). Follow the signs for the Route 1 Bypass South (Hampton Beaches). Continue on Route 1 Bypass South. At the sixth traffic light (two miles from the traffic circle), turn left (the sign says "To Route 1A"). This is Elwyn Road. Follow for approximately 1.4 miles.

At the end of Elwyn Road, you'll come to a small traffic circle (rotary). Enter the circle and take the exit for Route 1A North. Follow 1A North (Sagamore Road) for about .4 mile to the intersection with Route 1B (Wentworth Road). Turn right here (there is a sign before the turn saying Route 1B, New Castle). Follow Route 1B. You will cross a bridge and then pass the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel.

Continue on Route 1B. After about 2.2 miles from the turn onto Route 1B, you'll see signs for the Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor and Fort Constitution. Follow these signs to the right. (Actually, from this direction, you're going straight as Route 1B turns to the left). Follow to the parking area for Fort Constitution. Do not drive through the gate to the Coast Guard station. Walk through the gate to the station and follow the blue line to Fort Constitution. You can see the lighthouse from the fort. During open houses and pre-arranged tours, you are allowed to walk to the lighthouse.

From the west, take Route 101 East to 95 North. Follow directions from Route 95 above.

From downtown Portsmouth, follow Marcy Street along the waterfront past Prescott Park and follow the signs for Route 1B, New Castle. The Coast Guard station and lighthouse are about 2.5 miles from Prescott Park.

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