The Red Lodge is a historic Elizabethan house, tucked away near to the buzz of the busy shopping areas of Park Steet and the Christmas Steps. A visit is the perfect way to add a splash of history and culture to a day in the city centre.
The Red Lodge has been restored several times throughout its 400 year history. Originally a lodge to the Great House (which once stood on the site of the present Colston Hall), where Queen Elizabeth I once stayed, the Red Lodge is often described as Bristol's hidden treasure and houses the Great Oak Room, one of the finest rooms in the West Country.
As you step up the winding staircase and enter through the porch of the Great Oak Room, you will marvel at the magnificent oak panelling, the plasterwork ceiling and the magnificent carved stone chimneypiece. Downstairs, the Reception Room, Print Room and staircase are all fine examples of Georgian architecture.
The Red Lodge has had several uses, and was once used as a reform school for girls set up by Mary Carpenter. A room in the Lodge is dedicated to her memory. The walled garden is one of The Red Lodge's best features and is an excellent example of a re-created Elizabethan-style knot garden with herbaceous borders.
In 2010, workmen in a downstairs room of the Red Lodge Museum discovered a well that was covered over by a brick capping. The well was probably dug at the same time as the house was built, in 1580, when it would have been outside the house. The well is now a fantastic attraction within the Museum.
About the house
The Red Lodge Museum 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 seven rooms over two floors that tell the history of the house, from its Tudor origins to its role as a Victorian girls reform school.
• Great oak room
• Small oak room
• Print room
• Reception room
• Contains a small display on the Red Lodge Girls Reform School
The Knot Garden:
• The walled garden at the Red Lodge is an excellent example of a re-created Elizabethan-style knot garden with herbaceous borders. All the plants grown here could have been found in English gardens by 1630.
A visit to the Red Lodge is a fascinating way to while away a couple of hours, and is a perfect accompanyment to a visit to the nearby Georgian House Museum.
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - 65
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Min group size - 10
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Must be booked in advance. A charge will be made for curator time.
- Groups Accepted - Must be booked in advance. A charge will be made for curator time.
- Documentary on The Red Lodge, independently produced by Theresa Roche
Map & Directions
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good61
- AttewsNeath Port Talbot, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelA couple of hours around Red Lodge & Georgian HouseMonday, 17th June 2019I was in Bristol for the day and decided to visit both the Red Lodge museum and the Georgian House museum. Both are situated 10-15 minutes walk from Cabot Circus and both are free, with donations... Read full review
- upyougolittlesmokeTrip Type:Friends getawayStunning & Fascinating Oak Rooms (but what’s w/ the “talking painting” incessantly on loop...so annoying & distracting!)Monday, 24th June 2019A fascinating visit, with carved oak rooms that take your breath away when you first enter - so much intricate and beautiful (and telling) detail!...It would have been a perfect opportunity to feel... Read full review
- Russ LBristol, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFascinatingSunday, 21st July 2019The Red Lodge museum is perfectly formed and sensitively preserved. There is a beautiful oak room with exquisite carving and joinery. The disappointment came not from the building or the interior... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1360
|Open (1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)|