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“Lovely house”

The Red Lodge Museum
Ranked #18 of 219 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: What secrets lie behind the bright red door? Step inside the TARDIS and experience more than 400 years of history in the museum where you feel you have left the modern world behind. From 'royal party house' of the 16th Century to Victorian reform school for girls, see how the lodge has changed over time.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Really enjoyed this visit. The staff there are really passionate about the house and the man (sorry didnt get his name) came around with us and gave us lots of really interesting information. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit

1  Thank springy23
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The Red Lodge is worth a visit just for the Elizabethan panelling alone in the room upstairs - an amazing historical relic! There are some nice features and the chap who was working when we visited on Saturday was very informative and helpful, highly recommend for 30-45 mins of your time.

2  Thank Basemess
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

The Tudor rooms in the Red Lodge are beautifully preserved; plaster ceiling and oak panelling are outstanding. The staff are helpful and keen to promote this jewel in the middle of Bristol. Make time to visit.

5  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

This is such a beautiful little historic house tucked away in the city. As it is closed for a large part of the year it somewhere that seems somewhat forgotten about. However inside the wooden panels and the decoration is stunning and worth visiting especially for those who are interested in Tudor history as the house has over 400 years worth of history from the Elizabethan to Victorian periods. The staff seem to be very friendly and helpful and are happy to answer questions and point out other things which may be of interest to visitors. The small garden is closed off to the public due to health and safety apparently but you can get a good view from the windows and if the garden gate is open then you are able to walk around part of it. A couple of the rooms are quite grand and you are given a little bit of information on these on a A4 guide. Worth a visit but there could be more information available to visitors.

4  Thank Gee231205x
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Looking at all the other reviews, I'm clearly in a minority here but I feel that the City Council undervalues what is a beautiful and historically interesting property, makes no serious attempt to promote it nor to put it into context. Its interior is sparse and lacking in the sort of items that would have been present and those that are there have little or no information provided. If you want to learn about the Red Lodge read Wikipedia before you go because you will find much more on that website than when you visit.
As examiners say, compare and contrast this with the Georgian House - if the City Council can do it for one then they can do it for the other.
It may seem churlish to criticise when admission is free but I would much rather be paying for something better presented. The Mary Carpenter exhibition in one of the upper rooms is lamentable. As for the knot garden, a charming sun trap close to the heart of the city centre that is well maintained by volunteers, it is closed for, as an embarrassed member of staff told us, 'health & safety reasons' and they appeared as mystified about why as we did.
Talking with the staff there, they clearly feel undervalued with all their suggestions for improvements apparently ignored so that their enthusiasm is undermined.
Our view is that families with children will get virtually nothing from the Red Lodge.
Sorry but this could be so much better than it currently is.

4  Thank PORTISHEAD20
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