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Enjoy an Afternoon at the Market Square in Portsmouth NH

market square in portsmouth nhTo get a taste of coastal New England life, there are few better places to visit than the Market Square in Portsmouth, NH. Quaint streets lined with local shops and restaurants make downtown Portsmouth popular attraction, and Market Square is one of downtown’s highlights Best of all, it’s only a short drive away from Dockside Guest Quarters in York, Maine!

What Can I Do at Market Square in Portsmouth NH?

According to, the State of New Hampshire’s Colonial Legislature was located in Market Square, in addition to being an important part of the city’s development. Historic building from bygone eras still stand in Market Square, adding to its appeal.

Market Square comes to life during the annual Market Square Day festival that features live music, a 10k race and much more! Market Square Day will be held this year on June 16, 2016.

Looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Both Market Square Jewelers and Kaya Jewelers offer fine selections of rings, necklaces and more. You can add to your wardrobe when you stop by SAULT New England. One of the Boston-based company’s two locations, SAULT is the place to shop for men’s clothing.

What Are Some Other Things to do in Portsmouth?

Market Square only represents a fraction of Portsmouth – there’s plenty of things to do here!

The city has an abundance of historical attractions, from the Jackson House (constructed in the 1600s and still standing!), to Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, a National Historic Landmark. You can visit beautiful Prescott Park on Marcy Street, where the Prescott Park Arts Festival is held. And don’t miss the Strawbery Banke Museum, ranked on as the number one attraction in Portsmouth!

When dinner time comes around, take your pick of the great restaurants in Portsmouth! Martingale Wharf on Bow Street has a menu loaded with succulent seafood choices. If a pub setting suits you better, then try British Beer Company and order Bangers and Mash, the Fish-wich and pair it with one of their many draught beers. What’s a city without great Italian food? Dine at Cafe Mediterraneo Ristoranti Italiano and take your pick of one of the many items from their tempting menu, like the house specialty Seafood Risotto!

Looking for shopping? You’ll have enough choices to keep you busy, from clothing stores like Serendipity to RiverRun Bookstore, the best place downtown to find your next read. If you need to bring back a gift, or liven up the scent if your home, stop by Portsmouth Candle Company on 62 Congress St.

How Do I Get There?

The drive from York ME to Market Square in Portsmouth NH is easy! Take 95 South and get off at the Market Street towards Woodbury Ave exit (exit 7). Then take a left on Market St and you’ll arrive shortly. According to Google Maps, the drive is less than 10 miles. Once you’re at Market Square, you’ll be in the heart of Downtown Portsmouth!

Dockside Guest Quarters and Restaurant is located in York, meaning you’re only a short drive away from Portsmouth and many other beautiful New England towns. Come discover all of the best attractions, dining and more that the York area offers.

2024 Season Starts Friday, May 3rd

View of a sunset over water in the fall

Dockside Guest Quarters & Restaurant is officially opening for the 2024 season on Friday, May 3rd. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back this year!

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