The Georgian House Museum is an 18th century, six storey townhouse just off Bristol's famous independent shopping area, Park Street. The house has been restored and decorated to its original glory, and is the perfect way to step back in time and imagine what life was like in this affluent area of the city hundreds of years ago.
The house was built in 1790 for John Pinney, a wealthy slave plantation owner and sugar merchant. It is displayed as it might have looked in the 18th century and provides an insight into life above and below stairs. You can just imagine the kitchen buzzing as the servants prepared meals, taking a dip in the cold-water plunge pool and relaxing in the elegant upstairs rooms.
The Georgian House is expecially significant to Bristol's history as it is where the enslaved African, Pero lived. In 1765, at the age of just 12, Pero Jones was bought by John Pinney to work on his Mountravers plantation in Nevis. In 1784 he accompanied the family in their move from Nevis to Bristol, where they lived in the Georgian House. Pero was personal servant to John Pinney and served for 32 years. Pero's Bridge, the footbridge across Bristol's floating harbour was named in commemoration of one slave who lived and died in the city.
About the house
The Georgian House is open Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Entry to the museum is completely FREE. Note that group visits should be booked in advance.
There are 11 rooms spread over four floors, including;
• The basement, where you can see the kitchen, housekeeper's room, pantry and John Pinney's cold water plunge pool.
• Formal rooms including John Pinney's office, two dining rooms, a library and two drawing rooms.
• The second floor bedroom.
• A small exhibition on the Pinney's involvement in the sugar trade and John Pinney's slave, Pero.
A visit to the Georgian House Museum is a fascinating way to while away a couple of hours, and is a perfect accompanyment to a visit to the nearby Red Lodge Museum.
- Free Entry
- Indoor Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Cater for groups
Map & Directions
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good68
- wjd74vaRichmond, VirginiaTrip Type:Friends getawayVery interesting and informativeMonday, 17th April 2017I thought this would just be another old house to visit....I was wrong. The guides in the house were terrific and really made the history of the house and the people who had lived there come alive... Read full review
- Sue JSunderland, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayGeorgian HistoryThursday, 23rd February 2017Missed out on a visit to this fabulous house on my recent visit to Bristol, as it's seasonal opening times - April to September. It's a must see attraction if you're into history and architecture - I... Read full review
- cambridge37Manchester, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelWorth the hikeMonday, 12th December 2016The house is situated up the hill out of the city centre towards the university, so it's quite a trek. The house doesn't look much from the outside, it's part of a terrace, but there are lots of... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1362
|Open (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|