The Georgian House Museum, Bristol

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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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  • I found this place by accident while coming down the hill with the Tower back toward Center. I was walking on the sidewalk right when across to a church or theater, no longer remember, I saw the sign of this free Museum. You enter in a typical English House from the white door and you can admire the halls of English nobleman's House dedicated to the slave trade. There are various plans and at the entrance you are provided with a sheet with explanations in your language. I can therefore assure you that the Italian language is present. The top floor is dedicated to the opinion of the ancient inhabitant of the House by the way of slavery. At the exit you can leave an offer.
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  • Very interesting house all very low key nicely furnished which gives a good impression of the lifestyle of a successful Bristol merchant . A pleasure to visit and free  more »
  • This museum is a Georgian house once owned by a slave trader who owned plantations in the Caribbean. The house is carefully curated to show how life was like for slave owners back prior to abolition. ...  more »
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  • Really interesting way to spend an hour or so in the heart of Bristol. Well worth a visit.
  • I surprisingly enjoyed walking around the house seeing how rich people lived 300 years ago. The staff were very knowledgeable and it's the kind of place to visit on the way to The Bristol Museum.
  • Lovely free museum and knowledgable staff, we learned a lot in this beautiful and well conserved house!
  • Great house museum decorated well in keeping with the Georgian time period- such as this amazing chandelier. Staff were quick to welcome me and offer a tour guide sheet, I also liked how each room had an extra sheet of information for those who like the extra history/detail. It's surprising how big the house is and well worth a visit, especially as it's free!
  • 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.

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