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The Georgian House Museum, Bristol

(4.4/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
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. Put The Georgian House Museum and other Bristol attractions into our Bristol tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 l...  more »
  • 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 abou...  more »
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  • A fantastic, if somewhat remote, museum that offers an interesting insight to Georgian-era life in the city. The house is well maintained and full of varied exhibits relating to the Georgian family who once owned the property and their exploits in the slave-trading industry. It is worth noting that due to the design of the building there is no disabled access, and many steep staircases.
  • Interesting museum of a period house in the centre of Bristol, loads of interesting information about how the family and servants lived. Also covers the slave tradeing that was the source of the family's wealth.
  • Small but informative, provide an interesting peek into the lives Georgians
  • Beautiful surviving Georgian house. Equally excellent location opposite St. George's.
  • This was a sobering experience to see how wealth from slavery was justified with the use of religion. Despite it's sickening history, the preservation of such a place is essential to ensure such vile inhuman behaviour isn't forgotten. The house is well decorated and to a good level of accuracy for the period. It is also very close to Cabot tower if your ticker can stand it!