Visiting Portsmouth Village
Portsmouth Village is only accessible by boat. A list of the authorized ferry services can be found on the Ferry page.
Exhibits on "lightering", community life, and survival in this village can be seen in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, the School, the Post Office and General Store, and the Life-Saving Station.
These buildings, as well as the Methodist Church and Henry Piggot House, are open to the public seasonally.
PLEASE NOTE: the Methodist Church is closed to the public as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy.
Other structures are occupied by National Park Service personnel or holders of NPS leases. Please respect their privacy.
Public facilities are limited. Restrooms can be found in the Theodore and Annie Salter House and there are compost toilets on the road past the Life Saving Station.
Guided walking tours of Portsmouth Village are offered seasonally. More information can be found on the Ranger Programs webpage.
Download the audio tour of Portsmouth and explore the history of this once bustling port town.
Village trails can be difficult to walk due to standing water and sandy soils. The buildings are not wheel chair accessible.
Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes. Be prepared for the notorious mosquitoes and unpredictable weather.
Portsmouth Village is a protected historic and archeological site.
Did You Know?
Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the daymark pattern on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Cape Lookout National Seashore