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The Georgian House Museum

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The Georgian House Museum


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.


Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

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Recent Reviews:

  • SShaw90
    West Midlands
    Trip Type:
    Very interesting and worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th September 2018
    Informative and interesting. A must do in Bristol, free too although we did make a donation. Really enjoyed exploring here. Read full review
  • TheTraveller659
    Melbourne, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Could not fault it
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 23rd September 2018
    Well set out.Very interesting.Each room had an information sheet.Free admission. Portrays a realistic depiction of the lives of a family of privilege comfortably established in the commercial world... Read full review
  • GranZorro
    Zug, Switzerland
    Trip Type:
    Genuine and worth a visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd August 2018
    The Bath Historical Society have done a good job in not only preserving the interior of a wealthy Bath resident's 18th century town house, but converting it into a small entertaining and educational... Read full review
7 Great George Street

Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1362

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Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Bank Holiday11:0016:00

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