Photo by Eve Andreski

The Georgian House Museum

Once the home of sugar plantation and slave owner John Pinney, and now a much-loved museum dedicated to the highs and lows of Georgian Bristol

  • Heritage
  • Museums


Free to visit, the fine Georgian townhouse shows exactly what life would have looked like for Bristol residents in the 18th century, above and below stairs. The collection includes a range of bells used to summon servants, as well as an extravagant tea set, the likes of which would have been used to serve Pinney’s distinguished guests, including Frances, Lady Nelson, wife of Admiral Lord Nelson, and the poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Upstairs is a sobering exhibition on Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a dark but vitally important part of Bristol’s history - Bristol played a major part in the slave trade and the city’s economy boomed during this time.

The Museum is located just off Park Street, a steep incline lined with independent shops and cafes, and is a short walk to the Brandon Hill park. For a great view of Bristol, head to the summit of Brandon Hill and up the circular staircase of the famous Cabot Tower. A steep hike, but worth it - especially on a clear day when you can see a 360° view of the whole city. 

Did you know?

Owner John Pinney was a firm believer in the health fad of the 18th century - cold water bathing - and he had a plunge pool installed in the house. Believed to cure many complaints, from cancer to depression, and keep the person fit and healthy, Pinney may have been right as he lived to be 78.

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Accessibility

  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Facilities for visually impaired
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