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The Red Lodge Museum

The museum has some of the finest Elizabethan workmanship in the country, alongside some magnificent examples of Georgian architecture

  • Heritage
  • Museums

Nestled on one of central Bristol’s busy roads sits an unlikely historical treat in the well preserved 16th Century Red Lodge Museum. Behind the red door lies the oldest rooms in Bristol, adorned with the original hand carved oak, stone and a notable moulded ceiling which inspired the design for Knot Garden at the front of the property.

Built by John Young, the house - originally the lodge to the Great House - has a rich history. John Young was a courtier to both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, and famously hosted the Queen at his residence; fast forward three hundred years, and the Lodge became the property of Lady Byron, the then widow of one of Britain’s most famous poets, who rented the building to the zealous reformer Mary Carpenter to use as a school.

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The Great Oak Room is the only 16th century panelled room, complete with its plasterwork ceiling and stone chimneypiece, to survive in the city - one of the finest Elizabethan rooms in the West Country.



  • Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
  • Guide dogs permitted
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