Guided historic walking tours are held from late May to early October and are led by BH&PS guide Rei Battcher, as well as by guest historians and experts in a particular field.
Tours are $10, or $5 for active members of the BH&PS. Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.
Tours begin and end at Society Headquarters at 48 Court Street, unless otherwise noted. Advance reservations are not needed.
Are you interested in exploring historic downtown Bristol at your own pace? If so, we have two wonderful self-guided walking tours for you to choose from: "Walking Tour of Hope Street North" and "Walking Tour of Hope Street South". Both begin at Burnside Hall, 400 Hope Street. Pick a direction and go!
PICK UP A MAP AT THE SOCIETY OR DOWNLOAD A COPY BELOW AND PRINT.
Please download the selected pdf below to your desktop. Set your printer to print “two-sided” and print. When done, organize so that the house numbers are in order, fold lengthwise, and staple together along the fold.
Guided walking tours will begin again in May of 2020. Meanwhile, the Society hopes you will download the self-guided tours to explore Bristol on a sunny day during the winter months. Or stop by the Society on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoon between 1 and 5 pm and pick up a free printed copy of one or both of the self-guided tours.
As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation. The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department. As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.
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