The Georgian House Museum, Bristol

4.6
#7 of 22 in Museums in Bristol
Learn about 18th-century Bristol society and take in the authentic atmosphere at The Georgian House Museum, a perserved townhouse now serving as a museum. Containing some of the original decor and furniture, the antique home remains much as it was in the late 18th century. The knowledgeable and helpful staff will teach you about Bristol's past, a time when wealth could be acquired by simply producing sugar, and slavery was a common and accepted practice. The classist society that ruled this era is quite apparent here in the "above the stairs" and "below the stairs" layout. The house is not only significant for its place in architectural history but was also graced with the presence of well-known poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge. Before your visit, check the website for current opening times. Using our world travel planner, Bristol attractions like The Georgian House Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Not an estate agent’s blurb but a true description of a beautifully preserved Georgian house staffed by incredibly warm, welcoming & informative guides.  more »
  • Excellent trip back in time. All staff helpful and knowledgeable. Formal rooms exquisite. Below stairs very interesting and beautifully laid out. Marvellous to see lead lined sinks and the laundry equ...  more »
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  • Very moving experience. Great to see how the Georgian gentry lived, but shocking to fully appreciate it was built on the backs (literally) of fellow human beings. Definitely worth a visit but only 4 stars as no access to top floor where servants lived. Would have been useful to see the contrast between upstairs downstairs living
  • Important period house representing a key moment in Bristol's history. The Georgian House was lived in and owned by a sugar plantation owner John Pinney and his family. With land and business interests in Nevis Island in the Caribbean, the owner and family are closely linked to the transatlantic slave trade. One of the enslaved then liberated Africans, a man called Pero returned to Bristol from Nevis to work as a servant to the family. He is memorialised elsewhere in Bristol with Pero's Bridge on the docks. The house is now a museum open Sat - Tues 11am - 4pm. Donations welcomed.
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