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“Absolutely worth a visit!”

The Georgian House Museum
Ranked #21 of 217 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner's home might have looked like around 1790. Eleven rooms spread over four floors reveal what life was like above and below stairs, from the kitchen in the basement where servants prepared meals to the elegant formal rooms above.
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This Georgian house museum is for free with extremely friendly and helpful staff. It's absolutely worth a visit!

2  Thank Carina K
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The Georgian house is a very well preserved 18th century townhouse just off Park St in Central Bristol; what really brings it to life is the story of the first owner who, as folks have already mentioned, became a very wealthy individual through ownership of a sugar plantation on Nevis. Lots of interesting original features and I particularly was fascinated by the cold water plunge pool in the basement. Well worth 45 mins of your time, you could visit the Red Lodge too on the same day as they are only a stones throw apart.

1  Thank Basemess
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The house belonged to a merchant who was a millionaire slave owner. He insisted his slaves were treated humanely - but still bought children and adults to work his plantation

The wealthy pinney family had a country house and this town house which is elegant but solid with huge windows and a lot of natural light

The kitchens are extensive and fascinating - I loved the laundry with a rocking washer and amazing presses and weird ironing equipment for all the linen clothes lace and ribbons that the family used and wore.

While they enjoyed the study, dining areas, drawing and music rooms upstairs, eating and entertaining, the servants toiled below

The bedroom upstairs is rather mimimal and more could be made of the upper floor: we only found out the Wordsworths stayed there before living at the familys country house for 2 yrs after we left

There are some beautiful pieces of furniture and furnishings throughout, and you do get a real impression of like in the rooms: the drawing room laid out for tea drinking and cards was very Jane Austen!

The museum is free and thus great value but beware 3 things:
- there is no loo
- there are no refreshment facilities
- it can close suddenly for lunch as it did when we visited and we had to lurk about til it opened again!

2  Thank hfulton32
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Whilst I know some schools do provide trips here but honestly it's quiet a small house and it really doesn't hold much for any child's interest that said for adults it's great full of interesting history ideal situation in town but won't take long to get around the whole museum so prob plan other things to do as well .

1  Thank Wifey2013
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This is a wonderful home.
The opulence (for the time) is astonishing and impressive - until you reach the top floor, where there is a tiny section devoted to the source of the funds which enabled to extravagant lifestyle - slavery.
In 1765 the owner had written ‘ Since my arrival I have purchased 9 Negroe slaves at St Kitts and can assure you I was shocked at the first appearance of human flesh exposed for sale. But surely God ordained them for the use and benefit of us: otherwise his Divine Will would surely have been made manifest by some particular Sign or Token’.
Staggering that he justified slavery on the basis that God would have said if it was wrong.

5  Thank DavidLondon2008
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