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Bristol, New Hampshire

Bristol, New Hampshire is a delightful town with a population of about 3,000 located alongside the waters of Newfound Lake and the Pemigewasset River. Bristol's ideal location provides easy access to several outdoor activities, ranging from hiking, swimming, boating, and fishing. When exploring Bristol, you'll also find numerous locally-owned restaurants and shops that add to the friendly community feeling. Learn more about what Bristol has to offer below!

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Newfound Lake New Hampshire at Sunset


Education in Bristol, New Hampshire

The Newfound Area School District oversees the schools located in Bristol. The main elementary school in town, Bristol Elementary, teaches students grades kindergarten through fifth. The town is also home to the region's main middle school and high school, Newfound Memorial Middle School (grades 6-8) and Newfound Region High School (grades 9-12). The town is also only a 20-minute drive from Plymouth State University, which provides an excellent option for secondary education in the area. 


Shopping in Bristol, New Hampshire

Bristol has a variety of shopping options located right in town. Located around Center Square Street in downtown Bristol are quaint boutiques and gift shops, while several other stores, such as hardware stores, auto shops, and country stores, can be found throughout the rest of town.


Dining in Bristol, New Hampshire

Explore the multiple different dining options in Bristol. Start your day at The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge for breakfast or lunch, and then come back later in the day for live jazz music! Another popular spot in Bristol is Cielito Mexican Restaurant serving tacos, burritos, specialized drinks, and more. The Homestead Restaurant and Tavern is another popular spot for delicious food and lovely outdoor seating in the warmer months. Or, if you enjoy live music and traditional Irish fare, visit Kathleen's Irish Pub. Discover so much more in Bristol and find your favorite local spots! 


Parks in Bristol, New Hampshire 

Bristol is home to several parks, beaches, and state parks. 

  • Avery-Crouse Beach - located at the base of Newfound Lake, managed by the town, passes required
  • Cummings Beach - located on the west shore of Newfound Lake, managed by the town, passes required
  • Wellington State Park - beach along Newfound Lake, walking trails, picnicking, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, snack bar
  • Kelley Park - located centrally and close to downtown and middle school, tennis courts, softball/baseball fields, playground
  • Pemi Trail - trail along the Pemigewasset River, planned to connect downtown Bristol and Profile Falls, connected to a new small pocket park - Bristol Falls Park
  • Profile Falls - waterfall, parking, fishing


Things To Do in Bristol, New Hampshire

Bristol constantly has events and spots for you to discover. Explore the outdoors all day and then stop by one of the breweries and wineries in town, such as Crazy Cat Winery or Shacketts Brewing Company. Rent a kayak or paddle board and explore Newfound Lake through Experience Newfound, and make sure to keep an eye out for their ice cream boat during the summer! Or enjoy the multiple annual events held within the town, such as Old Home Day, which hosts an antique car show and many activities for the whole family! 


Learn More About Bristol with Coldwell Banker Old Mill Properties! 

Interested in learning more about Bristol, New Hampshire? Contact the Coldwell Banker Old Mill team to speak with area experts and learn more about the buying and selling process in Bristol. Make sure to also check out the current listings for sale in Bristol