Vibrant Downtown

Downtowns are the heart of a city and region and having a healthy heart is essential to having a strong city and region.

Bristol is one community whose heart is a vibrant downtown; where our unique cultural and historical heritage is celebrated; where a sustainable vigorous economy is enjoyed; and where the quality of life is enhanced by abundant opportunities for living, working, shopping and playing.


As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day — more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more LIFE.

Bristol has a proud heritage going back more than 150 years of being both a fun place to visit and a “Good Place to Live”. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels at home in Downtown Bristol.

Historic State Street -- the centerline of our main street is the state line – making a truly unique downtown experience that has garnered national attention

Our Downtown Historic District is a vibrant area containing over 150 diverse businesses, various outdoor stages, farmers market and loft apartments

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum attracts visitors from across the globe

Live music nightly at numerous bars, restaurants and outdoor venues

Amazing Blackbird Bakery is open 24 hours a day to accommodate late nighters and early risers

Downtown Public library was developed and is supported by both cities

1902 Train Station serves as a popular meeting and event venue

Over 60 loft apartments and more on the way – a desired place to live

Community spaces and parks with public art on display

With the 2018 opening of ”The Bristol” hotel and with the “Sessions” hotel under construction, visitors now have boutique accommodations available in downtown

© 2023 by City of Bristol Virginia, Office of Economic Development

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