Walking Tours

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Historic Walking Tours

Historic Walking Tours are led by BH&PS guides Rei Battcher and Clara Read 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. Advance registration is not required.


Tours begin and end at Society Headquarters at 48 Court Street, unless otherwise noted. Advance reservations are not needed.

Walking Tour Calendar

June 22

Bristol's Small Streets

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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June 22

Bristol's Small Streets

Bristol's original street plan in 1680 was a grid with 9 streets laid out from east to west and 4 streets from north to south. Walk the in-between streets created over the following 300 years with Dr. Kevin Jordan.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

June 29

Women Who Made a Difference

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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June 29

Women Who Made a Difference

Celebrate the lives and accomplishments of women like Alice Bell Morgan, Martha Codman, and Sarah Herreshoff who made a difference in Bristol's history. This tour visits the properties where these prominent women resided to learn about their claims to fame.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

July 6

The Historic Bristol Seaport & Its Maritime Trades

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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July 6

The Historic Bristol Seaport & Its Maritime Trades

Bristol's 18th  and 19th century merchants involved in the slave, European, and China trades built lots of mansions and houses with their wealth but that's not all!  Join this tour and discover the range of historic features that remain from Bristol's historic seaport days.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

July 13

The Historic Bristol Seaport and Its Maritime Trades

7pm - 10pm

Downtown Bristol

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July 13

The Historic Bristol Seaport and Its Maritime Trades

Bristol's 18th  and 19th century merchants involved in the slave, European, and China trades built lots of mansions and houses with their wealth but that's not all!  Join this tour and discover the range of historic features that remain from Bristol's historic seaport days.

7pm - 10pm

Downtown Bristol

July 20

Bristol's African American History

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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July 20

Bristol's African American History

Bristol's unique and rich African-American history is about far more than slavery. In the 19th century, Bristol was home to many economically successful African-Americans including Carrington Palmer Monroe and Maria Hazzard, both who actively shaped life in Bristol. This tour explores sites such as Bristol's African Church which served free African-Americans prior to the Civil War.

10 - 11:30 am

Downtown Bristol

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