The Red Lodge Museum

Red Lodge
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The Red Lodge is often described as Bristol's 'hidden treasure' because of its magnificent Tudor rooms. 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.

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.

Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.

for information on educational bookings please contact Rita Youseph on 0117 922 3567.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Seasonal opening hours


Easter-31st October

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

July & August: Tuesday-Sunday
10:30- 16:00

Admission charges


Part of Bristol Museums’ Designated Collections related to Bristol’s role as a manufacturing city and major seaport is on display here.

Other parts of these collections can be seen at Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Georgian House, and Blaise Castle House Museum. Please contact Bristol Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The museums were Designated in respect of outstanding collections relating to the City of Bristol, including topographical paintings and prints, maps and archaeological collections. The collections relating to the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries are particularly rich, and reflect the importance of Bristol in those centuries.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: The Wigwam - Bristol Savages

  • 12 September 2015

The Wigwam is the home of Bristol Savages, a Society concerned with the pursuit of the Fine Arts, Painting, Music, Poetry and other Performing Arts. Members meet on Wednesday evenings from October to May.

The 'Wigwam' was designed by an architect member, C.F.W. Dening, on the lines of a Gloucestershire tithe barn and provided with a stage or 'platform' and was officially taken over as the Bristol Savages' home on 24th April 1920. It contains many interesting pictures and artefacts.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity of seeing many historic objects collected over many years and of viewing a wide collection of pictures and sketches mainly produced by members of Bristol Savages. The Wigwam is not normally open to the public except for the Savages' Paintings Exhibition which is held during the first two weeks of May each year.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: The Red Lodge Museum

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

Bristol's only surviving Tudor domestic interior. Built c.1580 as a banqueting lodge in the grounds of a larger house, extended and modernised in the 18th Century. From 1854 it housed the country's first girls' reform school. The three oak rooms retain their original panelling, plasterwork ceilings and carved stone chimney pieces.

The recently uncovered well will be on show this year for the first time and there will be access to the Tudor-style garden with its box knot and abundance of herbs (not normally open to visitors).

Suitable for

  • Any age


The Red Lodge Museum
The Red Lodge
Park Row
City of Bristol



general information


0117 921 1360

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