Details for Bristol Town Dock

Bristol Town Dock

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 14 reviews

Address Thames Street
Bristol, RI 02809


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


Harbormaster's Office is on the ground floor of the Maritime Welcome Center (former Navy Armory), grey stone building one block south.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager


Gregg Marsili


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Follow the channel to just past the Coast Guard and ferry dock. 16 feet of water at mid tide.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Temporary and transient dock use: Non-resident up to four (4) hours, $10 per hour. Bristol resident up to four (4) hours $5 per hour. Overnight $3 per foot.

These docks get pretty lively in the prevailing southwester with wake and waves reflecting off the timber breakwater.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Transient Mooring use:
Up to four (4) hours $20.
Per night $40.
Per week $240.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Small dinghy dock is available by the shore on the north side of the marina, right at the base of the red fire house. It probably only fits about three dinghies. There is a 10 minutes pickup/dropoff dock next to it that you can not leave a dinghy at.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There is a nice, small park right at the dock with a lot of grass.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out






Yes - Men, women, and family room have coin operated showers.



Yes - Coin operated washer and dryer.


Yes - There is a small 7-11 like store a short walk away (up Church St 1 block, turn right, and it's a half block down on the left).



Yes - Several are a short walk away.


Yes - Several are a short walk away with 1 right across the street (Aidan's).

Hotels or motels

Yes - The Bristol Harbor Inn is a short walk away along the waterfront.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Yes - The S60 bus, which goes from Providence to Newport, passes by on Hope Street 1 block up from the marina.

Other services


The marina sits in downtown Bristol, which has numerous restaurants, shops, a library, a post office, and a Dunkin Donuts (mandatory in New England). The Hereshoff Museum is an easy bike ride (less than a mile) down Hope Street.

Reviews for Bristol Town Dock
Workable Tie Up in Historic Bristol, 2017-09-19
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (695)

If you must lie alongside in Bristol, this is about it. A bit bumpy depending upon conditions, but very well tended and managed by the town. there is a well-equipped visitor center with some amenities (ice, laundry, showers, etc.). The main advantage is proximity to Bristol attractions including museums, shopping, and restaurants.

Great Protection from N, NE & NW, Easy Tie Up, 2017-07-30
Captain: , Newport Beach (80)

We reserved our mooring through Dockwa the night before but had never been here before. The Harbormaster was friendly and descriptive over the radio and we found mooring #15 very quickly. The wind had been blowing 25 in Mt. Hope Bay but moderated some inside the harbor. The mooring ball had plenty of swing room for our 52' catamaran (29' beam) and the mooring felt exceptionally strong. There was some small chop even with the short fetch but this was to be expected. It was a short dinghy ride to the charming town and we had a great meal at Aiden's Pub. We will definitely come back soon.

Convenient to town!, 2017-07-25
Captain: , Branford ,CT (220)

Made reservations thru Dockwa in early march and they were not expecting us when we arrived! Dock hand was clueless in proper tie up procedures!! Dock master was not in but did send a very capable person (Dave) to help with getting all 4 boats on the dock and apologized for the dockhand! As in previous reviews the ferries whistle is a early wake up call! The marina is close to a very nice town with many Resturant's and museum!

Nice little town, 2017-07-21
Captain: , Wickford, RI (587)

Quaint town in Narragansett bay. Reserved a mooring on a busy summer weekend through Dockwa. Was the only availble source for a mooring for our 60' Pilothouse Motoryacht. Tackle in good condition. Plenty of room to swing, which we did several times during the weekend. Gets rolly with southerly winds. Several dinghy docks available in Bristol. Many restaurant choices. Good access to a bike path that leads to East Providence.

Great Stay Ferry horn for your morning wake up 0515, 2016-08-21
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (194)

Great town, very nice facilities and people, good restaurants and pubs.
Dingy to Hershofts Museum or to 'downtown'. Tie up at Briston Harbor Inn dingy dock for 3 free hours (check in at lobby) and take the boardwalk to Quintos for a nice dinner.

Nice floating dock, free pump-out and water, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Block Island, RI (984)

We tied up for an hour or so to get a pump out. Saw the freshwater hose there and used it to fill our tanks and give the boat a good rinse down. We also picked up some crew who met us at the dock.

Bristol is very welcoming to cruisers and this dock is just one of the many amenities they offer.

Check out new facilities for transient boaters., 2016-07-06
Captain: , New Bedford (130)

we came in with strong southerly blowing and initially grabbed a town mooring. Bucking so bad, it wasn't safe bringing wife and I in on our small, hard dinghy. I kept eyeing another sailboat at what looked to be a public dock. I called Harbormaster office and they said it was their dock and we could tie up. Cost $40.00, includes electric. Everything looks new. On same dock is self serve, free pump out. Since we able to get off and visit town, we did and discovered when we walked over to pay at the HM facility that they have a brand new boater's lounge, showers, washing machines, vending machines, ice (I think), the works. They have really spent some money and thought into making this an accomodating facility for transients. Check it out.

Great Location, 2015-08-14
Captain: , Sakonnet, RI (30)

Stayed here over night ($2/ft) on a weekend and had a great time. As other reviewers have said, it is not well-protected from the South or West and the harbor was very rough when I got in. Fortunately, it calmed down at night and I slept very well. Great location in Bristol. Aidan's is right across the street and Thames Roofdeck is a block or two north on the water - both great bars. Walk one block north and one block east to get to Dunkin Donuts for coffee in the morning. There is a 24/hr pumpout located on the town dock.

not an overnight dock, 2015-05-25
Captain: , Hudson River (30)

I stayed on the town dock for one night over Memorial Day weekend. The harbor master was great! The problem is that the harbor is insanely rough!! I was BEAT against the dock all night!! There were also guys fishing off the dock right behind my boat until 1am!! How do I know that? They ran a generator for lights to attract squid!! So it was rough and I had a generator running next to my head even with signs all over saying NO FISHING. It's a great location to town and great for a few hours while visiting town, but most definitely not an overnight stay.

Great location. . ., 2013-08-09
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

Floating dock for 2-4 boats, great proximity to this nice town, easy walk to Herreshoff Marine Museum and numerous restaurants. Very rocky in S-SW-W winds. No marina amenities. We stayed overnight and they let us run a power cord to the adjacent fenced slip area -- in the early morning there was no one around to unlock that fenced area, requiring us to jump over the fence -- which is on a dock. There are public bathrooms in a municipal building nearby, a bit of a hike and they're not great. The location was the best aspect. The harbormaster's staff were all friendly and helpful but they don't have a lot to work with yet. Still, we enjoyed our visit there and might go back.

Close to town, 2012-07-18
Captain: , Tulsa (37)

Dinghy dock is hidden and not very welcoming - the signs say 10 minutes only and you can't see the sign for visitors until after you are tied up and on the dock.
Pump out service did not respond until after I had been calling them for and hour and then nformed me that they had quit early that day and were taking the next couple of days off.
No grocery stores in walking distance.
Laundry is close to Independence Boat Ramp. No laundromat in walking distance.
Town is more welcoming to visitors arriving by road than by boat.

Comfortable and convenient, 2012-07-11
Captain: , Bristol, RI (132)

Spent a week here over the 4th of July. Tied up starboard side to with the bow facing South making for a quiet night even against the prevailing breeze. Excellent location for walking around historic Bristol, and being there for the 4th holiday is special. Friendly and efficient Harbormaster ansd staff. Nautical services are available in town if needed, just check with the Harbormaster for a list of resources.

Good access to town, 2012-05-28
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (446)

We anchored in the Harbor and used their dinghy dock. It only fits about three boats, but we went at a quiet time. The pump out station is free, but self serve. Aidens Irish Pub is directly across the street. Excellent food and they pour a perfect Guinness.

Very Convienient in Right Conditions, 2012-05-27
Captain: , Saint Augustine, FL (489)

I stayed at this dock for an afternoon and evening. It got very lively with wakes and when the SW wind came up. A great place to stop though for a quick walk around town, free pump out, or lunch. A mooring would be more comfortable overnight in all but very calm conditions.

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