The Red Lodge Museum
The Red Lodge Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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What secrets lie behind the bright red door? Step inside the TARDIS and experience more than 400 years of history in the museum where you feel you have left the modern world behind. From 'royal party house' of the 16th Century to Victorian reform school for girls, see how the lodge has changed over time.
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hollydayBristol
bristol34 contributions
Sep 2019
a house full of history with connections relevant to us today.
a must visit location for everyone. better than any tv or book about the period. this is living history preserved for us to enjoy.
the guides in the house are so knowledgable a joy to listen to them
Written March 14, 2020
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Explorer
111 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Recently reopened and well worth a visit. It is self guided but the room attendant is really chatty and full of knowledge. This is oldest house in Bristol and has amazing wood panelling.
It is worth noting it is not open everyday & there is no need to book - see website.
Written April 24, 2022
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Midlands Wanderer 13
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK41 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
The remnants of a formerly much grander Tudor mansion, the Red Lodge is a fascinating small visitor attraction right in the centre of Bristol. Be prepared for a very interesting history behind the building! The guides are knowledgeable and not too intrusive and the museum is free. Opening times are a little restricted but it is run by the city council so this is understandable.
Written July 29, 2015
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Janet S
Gravesend9 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
The Tudor rooms in the Red Lodge are beautifully preserved; plaster ceiling and oak panelling are outstanding. The staff are helpful and keen to promote this jewel in the middle of Bristol. Make time to visit.
Written May 15, 2014
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Phil J
Lancaster, UK36 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
The surviving Tudor rooms in this house (and it's a miracle they did survive) are covered with stunning examples of intricate oak and stone carving. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable.

But how on earth was the monstrous multi-storey car park allowed to ruin the views from the back windows?
Written July 6, 2015
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Gee231205x
Gillingham, UK786 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
This is such a beautiful little historic house tucked away in the city. As it is closed for a large part of the year it somewhere that seems somewhat forgotten about. However inside the wooden panels and the decoration is stunning and worth visiting especially for those who are interested in Tudor history as the house has over 400 years worth of history from the Elizabethan to Victorian periods. The staff seem to be very friendly and helpful and are happy to answer questions and point out other things which may be of interest to visitors. The small garden is closed off to the public due to health and safety apparently but you can get a good view from the windows and if the garden gate is open then you are able to walk around part of it. A couple of the rooms are quite grand and you are given a little bit of information on these on a A4 guide. Worth a visit but there could be more information available to visitors.
Written May 9, 2014
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PORTISHEAD20
Portishead, UK32 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
Looking at all the other reviews, I'm clearly in a minority here but I feel that the City Council undervalues what is a beautiful and historically interesting property, makes no serious attempt to promote it nor to put it into context. Its interior is sparse and lacking in the sort of items that would have been present and those that are there have little or no information provided. If you want to learn about the Red Lodge read Wikipedia before you go because you will find much more on that website than when you visit.
As examiners say, compare and contrast this with the Georgian House - if the City Council can do it for one then they can do it for the other.
It may seem churlish to criticise when admission is free but I would much rather be paying for something better presented. The Mary Carpenter exhibition in one of the upper rooms is lamentable. As for the knot garden, a charming sun trap close to the heart of the city centre that is well maintained by volunteers, it is closed for, as an embarrassed member of staff told us, 'health & safety reasons' and they appeared as mystified about why as we did.
Talking with the staff there, they clearly feel undervalued with all their suggestions for improvements apparently ignored so that their enthusiasm is undermined.
Our view is that families with children will get virtually nothing from the Red Lodge.
Sorry but this could be so much better than it currently is.
Written April 25, 2014
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aliceanne
London, UK54 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
I’m sure I would have loved the Red Lodge but unfortunately it closed November to East - seems a long time given Bristol's historic status
Written January 14, 2014
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Caroline L
London, UK654 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
This was a real find - tucked away behind a simple red door, I had to double-check that this was the way in. They might do more to advertise. Anyway, it's a preserved townhouse - Tudor upstairs, where you're advised to start, Georgian downstairs. Really friendly, Irish guide at the entrance to hand out information sheets and tell people where to go. Recommended!
Written May 7, 2013
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handel21
Bristol, UK155 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
A red door in an small and rather ugly entrance building looks uninviting, but it leads to a fascinating suite of Elizabethan and Georgian rooms, some of which are quite magnificent. The lodge was built in 1580 as the lodge for a large house that, unfortunately, no longer exists. It was added to in the Georgian period.There are seven rooms altogether but the Tudor rooms - the Great and Small Oak rooms - are the most impressive. The wooden panelling is superb and there is a floor-to-celiing fireplace that is finely carved. This, like Blaise Hamlet, is another little 'hidden gem' of Bristol.
Below the Lodge, and entered by a door under the stairs, are some of the cells thought to belong to a 16th century Carmelite Friary.
Don't be put off by the exterior, this is well worth a visit.
Written August 27, 2012
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