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

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.

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Opening Times

Season (12 June 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
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Further Information

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
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    Recent Reviews:

    • Judith L
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Real time travel experience.
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 16th August 2022
      Beautifully restored and with loads of information about the original owner and builder, John Pinney, and some of the subsequent occupants. A real step back in time experience. The staff could not... Read full review
    • JRMADA
      United States
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Beautiful Georgian House
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 25th September 2022
      This was a great visit. The house is in perfect condition and the first room is all original. The staff is very friendly and informative. Entry is free, but we made a donation. We were lucky to have... Read full review
    • normannorma1
      Farnborough, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Not open in winter
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th February 2023
      This place is only open from spring to autumn...so beware. Otherwise, located close to many other attractions and looked interesting. Read full review

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