"New Hope... A unique art village" Top 5 Page for this destination New Hope by bct341

New Hope Travel Guide: 127 reviews and 165 photos

Craft shops and Restaurants

New Hope, often called the "Jewel of Bucks County", is an eclectic river village community with unique charm, sophistication and beauty, nested on the banks of the Delaware River and historic Delaware Canal - surrounded by rural countryside and just opposite historical, tourist friendly, Lambertville, New Jersey about an hour drive north of Philadelphia.

Aproximately only 1.1 square mile, New Hope Borough enjoys a rich diversity in her people, businesses, cultures and her history. Long known as a haven for artists, the village gained recognition as a theater town in 1939, when the Bucks County Playhouse opened in a former mill overlooking the river.

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From impressive art galleries, specialty shops, antiques, talented artisans, gourmet restaurants historical landmarks, a working steam powered train, a mule powered barge and an occasional ghost, New Hope continues to thrive and spark interest from tourists worldwide.

While at New Hope.. cross the delaware river, by car or walk the bridge and experience Lambertville, NJ. It is a sister city of New Hope and has similar attractions. I have some tips of Lamberville as well :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice Atmosphere, great galleries, crafts stores, and restaurants :)
  • Cons:Can get crowded in the summer
  • In a nutshell:A great day trip, browse the galleries or just people watch :)
  • Last visit to New Hope: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2006 at 4:54 PM

    Your intro photo and other photos of the canal are stunning. New Hope sounds like a place that I would really enjoy. Thanks for the information.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2006 at 9:45 PM

    Of course, just go out and have fun! Take care, mate!

  • Feb 11, 2006 at 8:22 PM

    Hi, This ride on the canal sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing. Greetings.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2006 at 6:26 AM

    Recognized the canal boat on front page of VT this AM. We really enjoyed New Hope when we were there about a year ago. I'd like to go back to ride the canal. Mules were neat.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 10:46 AM

    Hi Paul, We stopped in New Hope last August for a couple of hours. You are right on...pretty touristy but still very pretty and fun. I wish we would have had time to take a canal boat ride. Good work capturing the feeling...Tom

  • TexasLinda's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2005 at 5:33 AM

    Hey Paul! There you are again, front and center - VT front page. Outstanding photos, as usual, and thanks for the tips on New Hope. Sounds nice. Linda

  • basstbn's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 1:51 PM

    Enjoyed your New Hope page. I especially like reading about these little out-of-the way towns that have so much charm.

  • ForestqueenNYC's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2005 at 9:08 PM

    Your New Hope page is wonderful. Haven't been in years, but it has inspired me to take a trip down before it gets too full of summer tourist.

  • ivanab's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2005 at 2:26 AM

    wow...definitely seems like a great place...

  • vivimero's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2005 at 3:50 AM

    I liked it. maybe too novelties...but I always like to wonder around. the steam train was a stupid ride...that...I admit!


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