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 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 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.
- Free Entry
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - 65
- Min group size - 10
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
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
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good57
- brisphilBristol, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelRare insight into a Bristol Tudor houseMonday, 17th September 2018This compact free museum/house is well worth a visit. The upstairs rooms are of particular interest with many original Tudor features. The wood paneling & fireplaces are impressive. The staff were... Read full review
- treecutterSouthwestTrip Type:CouplesA precious fragment of 17th century Bristol historyTuesday, 4th September 2018An excellent young host gave us an in depth picture of the building and it’s phases and changing function. The building contains some beautifully conserved panelling, fire place surrounds, domestic... Read full review
- Lena PTrip Type:FamilyChristmas visitSunday, 2nd September 2018We have visited a couple of times. There is always a detail to look more closely. During Christmas the house was decorated and an orchestra was playing taking visitors back in time. Children were... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1360
|Open (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|