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Description: The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is...
The heart of downtown, where several walking tours begin, Market Square is a center of activity with art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, ethnic restaurants and many original 17th-century buildings.
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CHARMING AND VIBRANT NEW ENGLAND SEASIDE BEAUTY!

My husband and I decided to take a mini-vacation to New Hampshire, about a two hour drive from our hometown, and he chose Portsmouth, NH and I'm so glad he did! What a charming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Fairhaven
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

My husband and I decided to take a mini-vacation to New Hampshire, about a two hour drive from our hometown, and he chose Portsmouth, NH and I'm so glad he did! What a charming downtown area. It reminded us of Soho in NY or Beacon Hill in Boston, with their sidewalk cafes fashioned on beautiful brick sidewalks. While munching on... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Market Square is in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, not far from the water. The prettiest feature is the North Church which rests on the eastern side of the square. It was built in the mid-1800's and it is a treat to photograph, especially at night. What's great is that if you're ever lost in town you can always look... More 

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Millville, DE
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167 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Beautiful small town square that is the center of Portsmouth. It is always crowded and populated with a variety of very good restaurants, sights and great shopping. The jewelers are exceptional. I would plan to spend a couple of hours in the Square just exploring. I have visited the square almost weekly in the Summer for the last 4 years... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Charming downtown area with many interesting shops and many restaurants near the water. Easy to walk anywhere in town.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful day or evening when the church steeple is lit up. Only negative is Seacoast Helicopters, they buzz overhead dozens of times a day and ruin it.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

If you like the old town charm, don't miss this place. Great place to walk around and enjoy the old architecture and charm of an old New Englad Town Center. Plenty of shopping, restaurants and libations. The waterfront area itself was a bit dissapointing, no place to enjoy the waterfront unless you were in one of the restaurants and bars.... More 

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Massachussetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Spent a day in Portsmouth over the weekend and was very impressed. The town itself is very clean & well kept. Very walk-able and picturesque. Walk from Market Square to the drawbridge. The bridge is very cool as pedestrians can go right out near the opening (or some were on the part that went up, definitely doing that next time).... More 

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Cape Coral, FL
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Takes you back. Enjoyed much more than Charleston! The buildings and shops and beer taverns nearly as they wer in the 18th century.

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McKinney, Texas
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105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

very small, very historic downtown, I like going to small towns like this. local stores and local restaurant. had dinner at a seafood restaurant. excellent food. very friendly neighborhood.

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Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Portsmouth is a very charming coastal and old American town. The town has a lot to offer (despite its size), so just go for a stroll and enjoy the landscape.

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