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The Georgian House Museum

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The Georgian House Museum

About

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.

Extras

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Map & Directions

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TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    100
  • Very Good
    70
  • Average
    12
  • Poor
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  • Terrible
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Recent Reviews:

  • sknock
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    georgian gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th July 2017
    Very interesting house all very low key nicely furnished which gives a good impression of the lifestyle of a successful Bristol merchant . A pleasure to visit and free Read full review
  • Robert W
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    A great time capsule...
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 17th July 2017
    This museum is a Georgian house once owned by a slave trader who owned plantations in the Caribbean. The house is carefully curated to show how life was like for slave owners back prior to abolition... Read full review
  • Sally-Anne G
    Trip Type:
    Family
    A great surprise
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 17th June 2017
    Recoomended to visit by Bristol Museum staff! Very worthwhile. Wel set up and displayed. Gives a snapshot of the life of the house and the history of the merchants and slave trade. Helpful staff. Read full review
7 Great George Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR

Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1362

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Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday11:0016:00
Tuesday11:0016:00
WednesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday11:0016:00
Sunday11:0016:00
Bank Holiday11:0016:00

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