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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 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.

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.

Extras

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Map & Directions

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Public Transport Directions

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TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    126
  • Very Good
    84
  • Average
    13
  • Poor
    0
  • Terrible
    1

Recent Reviews:

  • DinFrance
    France
    Trip Type:
    Family
    An excellent museum and incredibly authentic
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th June 2019
    Haven't been in the museum for many many years (probably since a school trip). It really is incredibly well done and wonderfully authentic. Having visited Nevis earlier in the year, it helped... Read full review
  • ladyscribe
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Gorgeous Georgians
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 24th June 2019
    Excellent trip back in time. All staff helpful and knowledgeable. Formal rooms exquisite. Below stairs very interesting and beautifully laid out. Marvellous to see lead lined sinks and the laundry... Read full review
  • happyholsforever
    england
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Immaculate Period Property
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 9th July 2019
    Not an estate agent’s blurb but a true description of a beautifully preserved Georgian house staffed by incredibly warm, welcoming & informative guides. Read full review
7 Great George Street
Bristol
BS1 5RR

Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1362

Opening Times

Open (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday11:0016:00
Tuesday11:0016:00
WednesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday11:0016:00
Sunday11:0016:00
Bank Holiday11:0016:00

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