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Nice Place to Walk Around

This is a quaint New England town, with a neat history. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and... read more

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Guy J
Bunnlevel, North Carolina
Beautiful square

Right in the heart of the town. There is shopping and places to eat and get coffee. It's a fun... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Autumn M
Stamford, Connecticut
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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 yesterday

This is a quaint New England town, with a neat history. Lots of shops, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. I was there in the evening and had a wonderful time walking around window shopping, eating, and drinking.

Thank Guy J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Right in the heart of the town. There is shopping and places to eat and get coffee. It's a fun place to walk around and explore.

Thank Autumn M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The soaring white steeple of the North Church is the beacon that marks the center of town. The Market Square below has many sidewalk cafes and charming shops to browse.

Thank jamesleetn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This square is cute with shops and benches all over the town. It is 5 minute walk from the Sheraton Portsmouth Hotel where I was staying. Street shows and live music. It has a lot of restaurants to choose from. Don’t forget to reserve on...More

3  Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice area to walk, window shop and grab a bite to eat from many restaurants. Several points of interest such as churches and small museums. During the day was very lively and crowded with tourists and residents. During the night it was also lively...More

Thank purpleij
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The center of Portsmouth is a bit of a taste of Europe. Sitting at the iron tales and chairs outside of Breaking New Grounds coffee shop takes you outside of yourself. From this vantage point you are close to vintage and new shops, and a...More

Thank Gartski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for coffee and dessert and people watching... or more. Street musicians and free telescope viewing on one of the nights we were there. Great atmosphere day and night.

Thank beachlover246
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you visit the kiosk in the middle of market Square or go to the Portsmouth welcome center to enjoy the best at this awesome town has to offer

Thank Roger T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Acknowledged as the center of town, Market Square is definitely worth passing through. Several cafes with outdoor seating and the glorious old church with its bells on the hour are lovely. Every time I passed through, for three days, the curb was full of motorcycles...More

1  Thank Karen L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bottom Line: Nice area with shops and restaurants but didn't really win me over. Details: We visited here in July during our trip to Maine. Parking was pretty good but we arrived around 10 and by the time we left around noon it was packed....More

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August 12, 2018|
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Response from Ginny1234_5678 | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is a confusion because I think the inquirer perhaps means Plymouth Rock, Mass? I'm afraid I've never heard of a Portsmouth Rock.
Dana S
December 9, 2017|
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Response from govbanker | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure as we have never been to Portsmouth on Christmas Day. We spend Christmas with family and friends.
Paul S
November 19, 2017|
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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.