As part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, Portsmouth embodies historical integrity and modern convenience with miles of waterfront land on the banks of the Elizabeth River. With its convenient location and vast history, the city offers residents and visitors the quaint coastal charm of a time gone by. The Olde Towne Business and Historical District which is located in the downtown area exudes an architectural ambience with some of the most compelling homes in the area.
As one of the older cities in Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is located directly across the Elizabeth River from Norfolk, and has a long history as a port town. The city is home to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, a historic and active U.S. Naval facility that builds, remodels and repairs Navy ships of all types. Historical sites like The Hill House, Cedar Grove Cemetery and Olde Towne Portsmouth help keep the spirit of the past alive.
Residents and visitors who prefer to indulge in more contemporary comforts can take advantage of a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. Little Shoppes on High offer a quaint, eclectic shopping experience which reflect the diverse nature of Portsmouth and surrounding coastal cities. Enjoy a romantic dinner at one of the areas delightful regional restaurants. Downtown Portsmouth is a great place to spend a day as many of the city’s attractions are within a short walking distance. Go antiquing, spend a family day at the largest Children’s Museum in the state or take a ferry boat ride across the Elizabeth River to downtown Norfolk. With its central location, historic neighborhoods and emphasis on contemporary living, Portsmouth offers the charm of a place that always feels like home.
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