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What a happening little downtown area. Even midweek, bars, restaurants, shopping all open and... read more

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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.
Portsmouth, NH
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a happening little downtown area. Even midweek, bars, restaurants, shopping all open and accommodating. Everything dog friendly too. Can’t wait to bring the Mrs..

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great shopping and exploring. The people were friendly and kind. Restaurants were amazing and plentiful depending on your tastes.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Town members are helpful in giving directions. Some of the stores have maps to take with you to navigate the area. Afternoon walk was a great idea not to busy so able to take time To enjoy the square

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Reviewed 1 week ago

All kinds of activities: restaurants, shops, coffee houses, street people. Anything you want to see or do is on or around market Square All kinds of activies going on in typical New England fashion.

Thank Afoodie65
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to sit and people watch! Market Square is literally in the middle of all the shops and restaurant and is a great starting point when visiting downtown Portsmouth.

Thank Mohammed C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was traveling to Portsmouth on business, and had not thought much about where I was going. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be. I stayed at a hotel near the Market Square, and I am so glad I did, as it's where...More

Thank FilmScoreComposer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Historic, beautiful, quaint, busy.... and more! No lack of eateries, shopping options; and parking is easy in their multi-level parking garage. There are some wonderful buildings with interesting architecture (and brightly colored too). You can walk from the Market Square area to view the famous...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even though it too small to be a downtown but there are a lot of beautiful building in there. You can come to enjoy restuarant in afternoon and have fun in pub at night 😁😁

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a good meal, we walked around the downtown core. Was nice and clean, with lots of benches. Street musicians were playing, and lots of folks sitting enjoying the nice warm evening. Lots of boutiques around the square, as well as a few watering holes

Thank Michel d D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The town was recommended by a friend to check out while doing a road trip from NY to Maine. We were glad we stopped. It was a great place to walk around. Cute shops and plenty of restaurants to choose from. If you have the...More

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Thanks for your answers! I found it! It is on the corner of Deer St. It is a rock that is engraved with Portsmouth, NH 1623 :)
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I am not sure as we have never been to Portsmouth on Christmas Day. We spend Christmas with family and friends.
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Response from magagoo | Reviewed this property |
Stores and restaurants stay open. The weather in New Hampshire can be tricky. However my wife and I love going to Portsmouth in the winter because the tourist are gone and the food is great. Just bundle up.