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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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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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Beauty, unique shops, great events

Market Square is really the Square and it's surrounding, old colonial brick building lined blocks. North Church towers above all, its white steeple outlined beautifully against a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
KaTe2
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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Exeter, New Hampshire
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336 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Market Square is really the Square and it's surrounding, old colonial brick building lined blocks. North Church towers above all, its white steeple outlined beautifully against a clear or overcast sky and Congress Street is populated with great shops selling everything from food to puzzles/games and Celtic jewelry. A terrific place to stroll and Portsmouth has green trolleys ($1.50 each... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of attractions and things to do. Shops, restaurants, history is all to be seen and experienced here. Worth the visit.

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Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Many little shops and restaurants to visit. We spent a good part of the day and night there. The only complaint...there needs to be more public restrooms available. If you want people to drink coffee, pop, and other drinks you need restrooms around and not ones a block or two from the area in a parking ramp uphill.

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Valley Stream Ny
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Filled with great shops--we made a stop here for lunch on our way up to Maine (which is just over the bridge. We had lovely seafood--the tourism center was very helpful with clean bathrooms and a lovely helper to set our bearings.

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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to sit and have a beer, wine or coffee and just people watch. Always a nice stream of pedestrians and cars cruising by. Once you want to stretch your legs you can spend 30 to 60 minutes walking around the square and the adjoining streets to check out the various shops and historic homes/buildings.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a parking garage. Parking is $1.25 an hour. Although somewhat small, this area is packed with shops and places to eat. Very easy to get around even with all the one way streets.

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PA
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Variety of stores - remember to go just off the square. Eat at one of the outdoor cafes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a fun town, with so many options.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Market Square is the modern incarnation of the historic town center. It functions, it is lively, the center of commerce and transport. If you are looking for a NE experience that is REAL and NOW, come here. Have a coffee, pet the local dogs, watch people and enjoy the beauty of historic buildings that still function. Nothing dusty about this... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Market Square is like taking a step back in time. The integrity of tradition if maintained throughout Portsmouth, preserving architecture from the past. All roads lead visitors into the square and it doesn't disappoint.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute downtown, great local draft beers and great food selection. During summer months, enjoy outdoor concerts.

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