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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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Stroll, dine, shop

The opportunities are countless and varied from pub food to fine dining, with a great array of shops. Almost every shopkeeper is welcoming and personable even if you're just... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ron H
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Boston
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Boston
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The opportunities are countless and varied from pub food to fine dining, with a great array of shops. Almost every shopkeeper is welcoming and personable even if you're just browsing. Perhaps the nicest thing is the variety of pleasant people, from babies to older folks. Nice to see students reading quality novels in the coffee shops.

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Thank Ron H
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Market Square in Portsmouth NH is a "must experience" place to travel and get some walking in along with shopping therapy. I found most shops to be overpriced but interesting, shop owners kind & friendly, but I also have to add that some of the patrons were downright rude (I guess they had places to go people to see) walking... More 

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Berlin, Connecticut
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful center lined with shops and eateries. We found a number of shops with unique gifts and things to buy. We stopped for an afternoon respite at Ri Ra an Irish pub in an old bank building. Worth the stop.

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Goshen, New York
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74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visit this place once a year for many years now. It just makes me feel good. It really is the perfect New England town square centrally located white church and all. It can get busy on holiday weekends and parking can be challenging but well worth it. There are hundreds of shops and my favorite kitchen supply store is... More 

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Thank Bob F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When a visitor to Portsmouth, NH wants to feel the central heartbeat of this small city, that person needs to visit Market Square. It is where many roads cross and many people walk, stop for coffee, and shop. The spire on the North Church is a focal point and a beacon for those wanting to feel the life of this... More 

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Thank Q745LUmaryf
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129 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You name it, they seem to have it. Kitchen shops, art work, clothing stores, and novelty items. We even caught a food and wine tasting. Mostly, we had a great time walking around, exploring, window shopping, and picked up a few items. What a fun place to spend an afternoon.

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Boston
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183 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the place to start if you're visiting Portsmouth ... cute eclectic shops, boutiques, cafes, art shops, and of course beautiful New England architecture. Younger and more hip atmosphere than Newburyport. Don't forget to explore the side streets as well and stay for lunch, dinner or just drinks.

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Merrick, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the main part of town- there was a lot of boutique stores and restaurants. Nice place to spend the afternoon.

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Kent, Washington
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking Market Square is a truely New England experience. The 200 year old buildings, the church, the restaurants, the shops. Well worth an afternoon.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From shops to restaurants,Historical sites and waterfront activities this section of Portsmouth has plenty to offer.Dining options include everything from fine dining to Pubs and casual spots to try.There is a parking garage available on Hanover St. and is the best option.Lots of hotels nearby.

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