Downtown Bristol

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains, Bristol is a quaint village of about 3,800 friends and neighbors.


Bristol was chartered in 1762 and originally named Pocock, in honor of a distinguished English admiral of that name. The name was changed to Bristol in 1789, but the town still celebrates its heritage during the annual Pocock Rocks Street Fair in June.

Bristol loves festivals. It hosts one of the best July 4th celebrations in the state and includes the longest-running Outhouse Race in the country. Another enduring tradition is the Bristol Band summer band concerts on the town green. Every summer since shortly after the Civil War folks bring chairs, visit with their neighbors and enjoy the music. Newer additions are chicken barbeques, outdoor movies, the Harvest Festival and December's Cool Yule.

Bristol’s entire downtown is a National Historic District. Friendly village shops satisfy every interest, including music, antiques, art, home accessories, gifts, vintage collectibles, clothing and Vermont products. Cafes and bakeries offer scrumptious sweets and sandwiches, and restaurant menus range from pizza to filet mignon.

Bristol is surrounded by serene woodlands, crystal clear waterways and delightful mountain scenery. Four-season natural beauty is within easy reach by car, bike, foot or fishing pole. The New Haven River borders Bristol and is considered by many to be one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the United States.

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