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Bristol is the cultural center for Bristol County as it is home to eight fine museums and Roger Williams University.

Roger Williams University, located at the southernmost tip of Bristol overlooking Mount Hope Bay, offers a full program of study which includes Liberal Arts, Engineering, Architecture and a School of Law. See more in Bristol History.

From the north, drivers can take either Route 114 or Route 136. Route 114 from I-195 makes its way through East Providence, Barrington, and Warren before turning into Hope Street in Bristol. Route 136 from I195 crosses through Swansea, Massachusetts, and Warren before becoming Metacom Avenue in Bristol. See more how to get Bristol, RI.

A sandy and gravelly spit of land forming one side of the Bristol Narrows.  This site is used mostly as a boat launch and fishing area.  There is parking available on-site for vehicles and trailers. See more in Narrows Peninsula, Bristol, RI of Category Shoreline Access Points.

In the 1700s, Bristol was a major port for the slave trade and later privateering flourished. During the American Revolution, Bristol suffered several attacks by British troops while the Joseph Reynolds House on Hope Street served as headquarters for the Marquis de Lafayette and his staff in 1778. See more in Historic Bristol Walking Tour.