The Red Lodge Museum
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.
Historic house or home
Seasonal opening hours
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
July & August: Tuesday-Sunday
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.
Social History, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
The Red Lodge Museum
The Red Lodge
City of Bristol
0117 921 1360