Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Your "One Stay Getaway" to Explore the Region

Bristol and the East Bay offer many events year round.  From the annual 4th of July Celebration to the outdoor concerts, historic mansions, downtown festivals and holiday festivities, there is always plenty to see and do.

The town of Bristol was recently voted “Most Patriotic Town in America” by Parade Magazine & “One of the Top 10 Places to Raise Families” by Family Circle Magazine!

Search the following event calendars for a complete listing of things to do in the area: 

If you have any questions or need assistance planning your stay, please contact us @  888-299-7226 or via email at

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

We hope that you will enjoy your stay with us at Bristol House and also have the opportunity to sample some of Rhode Island’s attractions during your visit.

Bristol is conveniently located between the capital city of Providence and historic, scenic Newport - both less than 30 minutes away.  This means that not only do you have the best of Bristol at your fingertips, but that Bristol House is the perfect “home base” while you plan day trips to visit other local sites.

Providence is home to Brown University on the historic East Side – definitely worth a visit!  Be sure to take time to stroll down Benefit Street and the downtown Providence area.  When hunger strikes, our restaurants are famous (not only for the fabulous cuisine), but for the influx of local young chefs from Johnson and Wales University.

Newport’s famous mansions are definitely on the “must see” list!  While visiting Newport for the day, you can take in a sail, stroll the historic waterfront and sample delicious food from numerous restaurants.  A walk along Ocean Drive or the Cliff Walk is a perfect end to the day.

If your sense of wanderlust takes you to Boston for the day (or overnight), we would be happy to assist you with accommodations, directions and even offer suggestions on sites to see!

While in Bristol, we have listed our “must see” sites below.  Please let us know if you need assistance with reservations, tickets or transportation.


Colt State Park is often referred to as the ‘gem’ of the State Parks System. The entire western border of the park is an open panorama onto Narragansett Bay. Open year round, the park offers four miles of bicycle trails passing along the Bay and through 464 acres of groomed fruit trees, carefully nurtured flowering bushes, and manicured lawns. Rich in history, it proudly displays  ten large playing fields,  a historical museum, six picnic groves containing 400+ picnic tables and its’ popular open air Chapel by the Sea.

HOURS: Park open year round.  Rentals are seasonal.

LOCATION: Route 114, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

PHONE: (401) 253-7482

COST: FREE for park entrance.  Fees for beach parking, picnics apply.



Named after the founder of Rhode Island and ranked in the Top 10 of comprehensive colleges in the North by U.S. News & World Report, the University ensures a strong liberal arts academic experience.  Beautiful campus to stroll by the Bristol Harbor and Mt. Hope Bridge.

HOURS: Open year round

LOCATION: Route 114 (Ferry Road), Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

PHONE: (401) 253-1040




Located on Narragansett Bay, Blithewold is one of the finest garden estates in New England.  It was recently named in Yankee Magazine’s 2010 Best 5 Public Gardens in New England.  Your exploration of Blithewold will include diverse gardens, specimen trees, and a 45-room English style manor house, all chronicling the rich social history of the lives of one family over a span of more than 80 years.

HOURS: Grounds open year round.  Mansion open mid-April – early October & for holidays

LOCATION: Route 114 (Ferry Road), Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

PHONE: (401) 253-2707

COST: $10.00 for adult; $8.00 for seniors/full-time students; $2.00 for children 6-17;under 5 is FREE



The “crown jewel” of Bristol, Rhode Island’s historic waterfront district built in 1810 and featured in the film, The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford & Mia Farrow.  We invite you to come and explore this magnificent estate, Bristol’s ‘Great House’, where generations of seafaring DeWolfs, Colts, and Barrymores entertained presidents and politicos.

HOURS: Tours available May – October, Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tours available by appt. November – April

LOCATION: 500 Hope Street, Bristol, Rhode Island 02809

PHONE: (401) 253-0390

COST: $8.00 for adults; $6.00 seniors/full-time students



The Audubon Environmental Education Center is a state-of-the-art natural history museum and aquarium offering many natural wonders to explore. Look inside a 33-foot life size Right Whale, discover life in a tide pool, observe Narragansett Bay ‘s marine life, visit a rare blue lobster, or even explore a cornfield at night. The Center’s interactive exhibits feature local habitats and offer many fun ways to enjoy nature.  Situated on the 28-acre McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, the Environmental Education Center has walking trails with a ¼ mile boardwalk that winds through fresh and saltwater marshes to a majestic view of Narragansett Bay. The refuge is along the East Bay Bike Path allowing bikers and walkers access to the refuge’s natural beauty.  The Center offers guided tours, nature walks, special family programs and much more throughout the year. The facility and trails are handicapped accessible.

HOURS: Open Year Round 9am – 5pm daily (Sundays 12 noon)

LOCATION: 1401 Hope Street (Rte 114), Bristol, RI 02809

PHONE: (401) 245-7500

COST: $6.00 for adults; $4.00 for children (ages 4-12); under 4 FREE



Dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.

The Museum, bordering beautiful Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation’s most important historic maritime treasures. We regularly host classic yacht regattas, sponsor symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operate an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults. We celebrate excellence in design, innovation, education, and technology.

Immerse yourself in exhibits about the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the America’s Cup, and the fabulous people and yachts that gained fame around the world.

HOURS: Seasonal – open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm.  Guided tours available.

PHONE: (401) 253-5000

LOCATION: Corner of Rte 114 & Burnside Street, Bristol, RI 02809

COST: $8.00 for adults; $7.00 seniors (over 65); $4.00 for students & children (ages 11-17); under 10 FREE


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Spa & Wellness Services

Spa & Wellness Services

All services below are offered EXCLUSIVELY TO OUR GUESTS.  All services will be offered at the OFFSITE locations of our partners.  If you prefer a treatment that is not listed below, please let us know as we may be able to arrange it for you.  


Please see Innkeeper for pricing and to reserve ALL appointments:

Bristol House Therapeutic Massage
A signature deep tissue, therapeutic massage utilizing Tui-Na techniques that improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. This massage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time! Choose between a one hour or a 30-minute massage.

Bristol House Seaside Facial 
Receive a seaweed facial and a hand, arm & scalp massage. After your treatment, we will make sure you are ready for a “night on the town” with a special make-up application.

Bristol House Mini-Facial & Pedicure – receive FREE brow wax/sculpt
Cleanse, exfoliate, steam, tone and moisturize your skin with our signature mini-facial. After, pamper your feet with a pedicure that includes soothing & softening scrub, upper leg & foot massage and pretty polish. Finish off your treatment with a professional brow wax/sculpt using botanical based wax and moisturizers!

Bristol House Collagen Facial & Massage (for couples)
Couples receive a special collagen facial and a one hour massage (one treatment per person) and a special 10-minute relaxing foot massage for both of you!


Outdoor Fitness & Personal Training Session
Want to workout and continue your fitness routine while staying at Bristol House? Although we do not offer an on-site workout facility, we have a personal trainer who will be more than happy to put you through either a one-hour or 30-minute outdoor workout. Includes cardio, strength training and stretching while experiencing the beautiful scenery of Bristol! Trainer will meet you at Bristol House to begin.

Bristol House Yoga Class
Your own special class (taught in the backyard of Bristol House OR at the beach – TBD depending on weather and guest preference) that focuses on strength and flexibility through breathing and relaxation techniques. Class appropriate for all levels of experience. 


  • For all off site treatments/appointments, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled service
  • For facials/massages, drink plenty of water before and after your spa treatment
  • If you must cancel or reschedule your service, please let your Innkeeper know immediately as we need to give at least 24 hours notice prior to your appointment
  • Prices are subject to change at any time and do not include taxes and/or gratuities
  • Payments for spa/wellness are to be made through Bristol House Bed & Breakfast for all services
  • We are always available to accept personal requests (subject to availability)

Roger Williams University - Parent Information

Roger Williams University - Parent Information

Congratulations on being a proud parent of a Roger Williams University student!

Bristol House offers special rates to parents when they stay with us to visit their son and/or daughter at RWU.

See below for details: 

Please Note: We recommend booking EARLY for the following events as our rooms tend to book quickly.

2018 Dates:

June Orientation Dates:                          

Session 1                                                Monday, 6/11 & Tuesday, 6/12
Session 2                                                Thursday, 6/14 & Friday, 6/15 
Session 3                                                Monday, 6/18 & Tuesday, 6/19
Session 4                                                Thursday, 6/21 & Friday, 6/22 

August Freshman “move-in” weekend:  8/24 – 8/27* 

October Friends/Family Weekend:        10/19– 10/21* 

*2-night minimum required; 30-day cancellation policy.

Discount Offer:  Stay your first visit with us at regular rates and receive a 10% discount on future stays of 2-nights or more!