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The Red Lodge is often described as Bristol's 'hidden treasure' because of its magnificent Tudor rooms.
There are seven rooms over two floors which tell the history of the house, from its Tudor origins to its role as a Victorian girls reform school.
- Opens 30 March to end of June: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 4pm
- July - August: Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 4pm
- September to end of October: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30am to 4pm.
- November to Easter 2014: Closed
The Red Lodge Museum
Bristol, BS1 5LJ
- Access is limited because of the age and layout of the house.
- The house has several flights of stairs and no lift.
- No toilet.
The house, built in 1580, is furnished in Elizabethan, Stuart and Georgian styles and contains the impressive Great Oak Room, with its original Elizabethan plasterwork ceiling, oak panelling and carved chimneypiece. From here you can gaze down on the knot garden below.
It was built as a lodge for a Great House, which once stood on the site of the present Colston Hall. It was subsequently added to in Georgian times. It has had several uses in its past, including a reform school for girls. This was set up in 1854 by Mary Carpenter and a room is dedicated to her memory.
- Tudor rooms - Great oak room, Small oak room, bedroom.
- Georgian rooms - Print room, parlour, reception room.
- Exhibition room - Contains a small display on the Red Lodge Girls Reform School.
- The knot garden - The walled garden at the Red Lodge is an excellent example of a re-created Elizabethan-style knot garden with herbaceous borders. All the plants grown here could have been found in English gardens by 1630.
School and educational groups
Contact the learning department to find out about school and educational group workshops held at The Red Lodge Museum
Adult group tours
To book contact:
Collections Officer - Applied Art
Tel: 0117 922 3588
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