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Newport then and now

We like to walk through the shops on Bannister's Wharf after disembarking from the harbor launch... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Arthur D
Nice shopping

The Bannister's Wharf in Newport is pleasant to stroll through and there are plentiful shops of all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sharon, Massachusetts
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What used to be the center of Newport's commercial seaport in the colonial days, is now the hub of Newport's harbor side shopping and dining, where you can find eclectic boutiques, sophisticated and casual restaurants side by side and cozy waterfront rooms.
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Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like to walk through the shops on Bannister's Wharf after disembarking from the harbor launch. Plenty to see in the shops and the surrounding waterscape. The Newport Preservation shop on the boulevard sells a biography of John Banister, which provides a fascinating glimpse of...More

Thank Arthur D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bannister's Wharf in Newport is pleasant to stroll through and there are plentiful shops of all sorts. Fine for tourist browsing.

Thank AbrahamLincolnCPA
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Main problem is that really can't get a decent view of the Harbor or the water. The buildings and boats literally block the view. Some interesting shops but very crowded at times.

Thank Desigal7
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

The street is primarily pedestrian traffic and offers a variety of restaurants and shops is a small area. Lots of choices for food, including the Black Pearl and Clarke Cooke House. The Newport Mansions store is also on the corner @ America's Cup Avenue.

Thank Dean_Amy-2004
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Lots of places to explore. Shopping and many places to eat. Has a party atmosphere. Parking is the biggest challenge.

Thank thedonnellygirls
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Shops, restaurants, people watching! Something for everyone. Can get crowded, especially near dinner hours, but worth it.

Thank Neil K
Reviewed 1 October 2017

This wharf has a good variety of restaurants as well as unique shops. There is metered parking nearby. If you are lucky to find a spot, make sure you have quarters to feed the meters.

Thank moose444
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

This is a great area to view the wharf and shop at a variety of places. They have food and drink there too. This is a good place to hang out.

Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
Reviewed 23 September 2017

Full of life and beautiful ships and yachts. Plenty of places to eat and shop. Parking is a bit tight- go to Visitors Center and it is a short walk.

Thank marylou72
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This is a great area. every restaurant is great and there are all kinds of stores for shopping. and boats you may go out on.

Thank Arnie S
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Ellen H
17 October 2016|
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Response from Byron1944 | Reviewed this property |
As for the walk it is about ten blocks and is easily doable. I can't answer about the coffee.
3 June 2016|
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Response from mlt66 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of. Seafood restaurants, Mansion store, Scrimshaw, Body shop, chocolate shop, Ice cream, clothing and boat tours. You might try Brick Alley shops that are located across the street from the wharfs... More