The Georgian House Museum

7 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1362

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The Georgian House Museum exterior

About

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Georgian House Museum is temporarily closed. Please see their programme of online events.

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 especially 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.

Virtual Tour via Google Expeditions

You can use Google Expeditions to access Bristol Museums' wider collection. Once downloaded, search for search for ‘Living as a Georgian’ to find the virtual tour. Click here to find more.

About the house

The Georgian House is open Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm, and entry is 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.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday11:0016:00*
Tuesday11:0016:00*
WednesdayClosed*
ThursdayClosed*
FridayClosed*
Saturday11:0016:00*
Sunday11:0016:00*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      133
    • Very Good
      87
    • Average
      14
    • Poor
      1
    • Terrible
      1

    Recent Reviews:

    • Hildrhedge
      Hereford, United Kingdom
      Loved the House. Hated the Yoko Ono displays
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th December 2019
      We loved the house which gave a real insight into the way people lived. However, we hated the Yoko Ono displays which were totally out of keeping with the ambiance of the house and in the kitchen in... Read full review
    • BennjyBoy
      Keynsham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Irritating videos
      2 of 5 stars
      Monday, 13th January 2020
      Interesting museum and information on slave trade but sadly let down by really irritating videos by Yoko Ono. Read full review
    • Chris W
      Manchester
      Interesting house
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 13th October 2020
      Currently closed but the Georgian House was once the home of a wealthy trader and tells the story of the family that lived there. Read full review

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