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Bristol, Bucks County

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A Ziptrip to Bristol

Full of history, from mansions to an old movie house turned professional theater to a variety of ethnic festivals

Formerly called Buckingham when settled in the late 17th century, Bristol was an established port and dock for boats and ships transporting passengers and freight, as well as a diverse textile milling community. Today, much of Bristol’s original 18th-century architecture has been preserved. Bristol’s waterfront has become a haven for the arts, hosting ethnic festivals at river’s edge, providing a perfect opportunity to stroll, shop or dine within the 50-site Radcliffe Street Historic District.

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Getting to Bristol

By car

Driving the 25 miles from Center City to Historic Bristol Borough takes roughly 35 minutes. Parking meters are located on Mill & Radcliffe Streets and offer free parking on Sundays. Free public lots are located along the riverfront, behind the shops on Mill Street. If you opt to drive, Zipcar is a great option, with more than 350 vehicles and 115 locations in the greater Philadelphia area and a considerable presence in Center City.

By train

SEPTA operates a station in Bristol; leave about an hour to get from Center City Philadelphia to town.
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