The Red Lodge Museum



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The house was built in 1580 and then altered around 1720. It has fine oak panelling and carved-stone chimney pieces, and is furnished in Elizabethan, Stuart and Georgian styles. The Great Oak Room is considered to be one of the finest Elizabethan rooms in the West Country, and has an original plasterwork ceiling. From here you can look down into the beautiful Knot Garden. The house has been home to many families over the centuries and was a reform school for girls in the 1800s.

The Red Lodge Museum
Park Row, BRISTOL, BS1 5LJ


  • Parking nearby
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Dec, Sat-Tue 11-4, also open Etr wknd. Closed 24-26 Dec

About the area

Discover Bristol

The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.

During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).

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