historic Elizabethan house in Park Row, just up from the city
centre, has been modernised and restored several times throughout
its 400 year history.
It began life as a Tudor lodge, one of a pair built by the owners
of the big house, which is now the site of the Colston Hall.
The big house even housed Queen Elizabeth I on a stay in Bristol
and the Red Lodge could well have been visited by the Tudor
The lodge's modest red stone exterior belies its opulent interior.
Great Oak Room has been called one of the finest rooms in the
Red Lodge is open from late spring until early autumn
you step up the winding staircase and enter through the porch
of the Great Oak Room, you can marvel at the magnificent oak
paneling, the plasterwork ceiling and carved stone chimneypiece
- all of them original.
Red Lodge has had several uses in its past.
In 1854 it was set up as a reform school for girls by social
reformer Mary Carpenter, who has a lodge room dedicated to
garden is one of The Red Lodge's surprises.
A south-facing, walled garden, it is an excellent example
of a re-created Elizabethan-style knot garden with herbaceous
the plants grown here could have been found in English gardens
site is also the home of the Bristol Savages, a society of
artists whose history dates back more than 100 years.
in the late Victorian era, when the concept of the "noble
savage" was seen as something to aspire to, the Native
American culture still plays a large part in its traditions.
When they meet in the Red Lodge's "wigwam" each
"brother savage" wears as a lapel badge, either
a red, blue or green feather.
The different colours are for artist, entertainer or lay member
and these feathers are held in a pin badge made from an American
five cent piece with the head of Chief Johnny Big Tree whose
likeness is on the coin, to the fore.
from late spring until early autumn, the Red Lodge also has
special "living history days" throughout its season
history to life, these weekend events show how people may
have lived in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Visitors can hear characters' tales and see members of the
household go about their daily lives.
Where to find it
Situated behind the Colston Hall and next to Trenchard car
park, off Lodge Street,
The Red Lodge
Park Row, Bristol, BS1 5LJ
Tel: 0117 921 1360
April to October only.
Saturday to Wednesday (closed Thursdays and Fridays), 10am-5pm.
Admission is free.