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Market Square

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Portsmouth, NH
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This is what "an historic New England Town Square" feels like

Market Square is the modern incarnation of the historic town center. It functions, it is lively... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2016
svYonder
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Frozen in time

Market Square is like taking a step back in time. The integrity of tradition if maintained... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2016
Patti V
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“people watching” (44 reviews)
“new england” (66 reviews)
“great shopping” (19 reviews)
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Portsmouth, NH
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"people watching"
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"new england"
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"great shopping"
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"lots of shops"
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"breaking new grounds"
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"unique shops"
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"street performers"
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"window shopping"
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"art galleries"
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"north church"
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"street parking"
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"popovers"
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"downtown area"
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"great place to walk around"
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed September 7, 2016

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.

1  Thank Patti V
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Reviewed September 6, 2016

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

Thank Deepti P
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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Quaint area in the Harbor with lots to offer. Many local restaurants and boutiques. Very family oriented. Easy to walk around. What you expect when visiting a New England town with welcoming and friendly people.

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Reviewed September 3, 2016

We love to walk around Portsmouth, including Market Square - great sidewalks and a large area to explore.

Thank redcoatNewCastle
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Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Fun area on the water lots of shopping, great coffee houses, restaurants, quaint New England at its best.

1  Thank Paula D
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

I visited the Market Square area in Feb 2016, where I got a parking ticket. My bad. I paid it such that it reached them 4 days after their 30-day deadline to pay it (ticket fine print). Four months later, they sent me another $15...More

1  Thank Elizabeth R
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

The centre of Portsmouth revolves around this area of the city. We took a walking tour to understand of bit of the history.

1  Thank Teresa N
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

Wonderful shops and great restaurants. A great walking around experience. It's easy to get around and a short drive to Kitery.

Thank ddonahue8
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Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Portsmouth is a tourist town that locals also enjoy. Go to Allie's jewelry store - locals know they are from the Dover area and could not be more honest. The Common Grounds - very tasty pastries and really good coffee. There are at least 100...More

2  Thank Ronald H
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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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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.
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There's a wonderful sea water beach ar New Castle Common. There's a large playground, well manicured lawn with trees then a beach & water but also rocks to climb and explore.
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