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The Red Lodge Museum

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The Red Lodge Museum

About

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.

Tudor rooms:
 • Great oak room
 • Small oak room
 • Bedroom

Georgian rooms:
 • Print room
 • Parlour
 • Reception room

Exhibition 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

Extras

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 65
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • 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.

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Must be booked in advance. A charge will be made for curator time.

Video

  • Documentary on The Red Lodge, independently produced by Theresa Roche

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

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TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    122
  • Very Good
    64
  • Average
    9
  • Poor
    3
  • Terrible
    0

Recent Reviews:

  • MikeP9111
    London, United Kingdom
    Tudor house on main street
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th November 2019
    This is a fabulous little place to visit: a Tudor era grand house located on one of the main streets in Bristol. Beautiful wood-panelled rooms and period furniture, and a nice little tudor garden... Read full review
  • Johnny_vegan
    Glastonbury, United Kingdom
    Tudor gem hidden in plain sight
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th November 2019
    The Red Lodge Museum is pretty much right next to the Trenchard Street car park in central Bristol and I have walked past it many times. It's a free-admission house that is set on three levels... Read full review
  • Jenny C
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    A hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 13th November 2019
    A Tudor building hidden amongst all the Georgian buildings. Fabulous wood panelled room with wonderful carvings and plaster ceiling. An interesting insight into part of Bristol ‘s history. Read full review
Park Row
West End
Bristol
BS1 5LJ

Tel: +44 (0)117 921 1360

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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