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The Georgian House Museum

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Address: 7 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR, England
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+44 117 921 1362

Discover what a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner's home might have...

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.

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Worth the hike

The house is situated up the hill out of the city centre towards the university, so it's quite a trek. The house doesn't look much from the outside, it's part of a terrace, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The house is situated up the hill out of the city centre towards the university, so it's quite a trek. The house doesn't look much from the outside, it's part of a terrace, but there are lots of rooms to see on a number of floors. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. Bristol has "miles" of Georgian property but... More 

Thank cambridge37
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Georgian House Museum is well located just off of Park Street and was really interesting and we were so pleased we called in. It gave some great insight into old Bristol and how the house owners lived and made their money. Well worth a visit which will only take 30 to 60 minutes.

Thank DecandClaire
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The house is a step back in time to the Georgeon era, you see how the Penny family lived, they were plantation owners and were deeply involved with slavery, I took my daughter there when learning about the slave trade in history at school, it's a great learning aid as you can see how things were, my mother took me... More 

Thank Vicky G
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A restored Georgian house that's worth visiting. Tucked away on Great George Street, it's a short 4-minute walk from the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. There are knowledgeable docents throughout the house that answered all our questions and gave us even more insight into what life was like. Each room was furnished with period furniture to give you a feeling... More 

Thank Ben S
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Good for free attraction Good staff who knew there subject Does not have public loos unfortunately as we where busting after our drive Also a lot of stares so not good for pushchair and mobility

Thank Hales C
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Georgian House Museum. 18th century, six storey townhouse. Sympathetically restored and decorated, furnished and displayed to depict life at that time. Built 1790 for John Pinney, a wealthy slave plantation owner and sugar merchant. We only had a day in Bristol and whizzed round places of interest but spent quite a lot of our time here. Well presented, excellent information... More 

Thank Judith S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Not far from the city centre (but lots of steps) is this fine example of a Georgian town house, with fittings from the period (though not from the original house). Lots of information about the original owner and his family. The majority of the building is in its original state and the whole experience is very atmospheric. Free, but donations... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Free so who wouldn't go to see this Georgian House. Close to the centre and worth a visit. Up hill but worth it.

Thank Patrick567234
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

I have visited this place many, many times from my childhood to as an adult. I love the feeling of stepping back in time, either as a rich merchant or as a servant in the kitchen below.

Thank druharries
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

We spent about an hour in the house. There are a number of floors to visit. The house was the home of a sugar plantation owner. Lots of detailed laminated sheets to read, for each room. The room guides were helpful. Our teenage children found the house very interesting, but It doesn't have any hands on activities or anything interactive... More 

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BristolMuseums, Manager at The Georgian House Museum, responded to this review

We are so gled that you had a enjoyable experience with us maybe in the future there will be interactives put in the house. More 

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