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The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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What a disappointment!

I have wanted to visit the workhouse for several years and was delighted to be able to visit on... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
adietudor
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Pershore, United Kingdom
Fantastic!!!

Came here not knowing a lot about southwell on Saturday, and I must say what a day we had! Highly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jward889
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Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A place of despair or a beacon of hope? Visit and decide for yourself.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“national trust” (120 reviews)
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The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have wanted to visit the workhouse for several years and was delighted to be able to visit on Sunday. First impressions walking to the building were impressive, as is the vegetable garden. We took the written guide offered to us inside and off we...More

Thank adietudor
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here not knowing a lot about southwell on Saturday, and I must say what a day we had! Highly recommend going if visiting southwell and enjoy your history. Can't wait to come back.

Thank Jward889
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very unusual place to be able to visit. There are not many surviving workhouses. The audio tour really brought home the deliberately harsh environment. Whilst the intention was well meaning the regime was actually bordering on the cruel. What added to the...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited with 5 and 8 year old daughters and was given a children's activity sheets to complete (mainly trying out Victorian children's games) 5 year old enjoyed this the most. The other task was a question sheet following the life of a girl called...More

Thank Shaz082
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Having been to other workhouse museums (such as the one in Ripon) I have wanted to visit Southwell for several years. Finally I had the opportunity whilst en route to Yorkshire and was very excited. I have visited many different historical buildings, from ruins to...More

Thank BeakerCat
Reviewed 4 days ago

This property is so different to the majority of National Trust buildings. It is literally a workhouse where the destitute went and worked hard for their keep. Also mothers went to give birth to their children, as they could not afford to go to hospital....More

Thank Woodlands19
Reviewed 1 week ago

Living quite local and having visitors from Holland gave me the opportunity to visit the workhouse. It is what it says 'A Workhouse' with descriptions in all rooms

Thank ChrissieCopok
Reviewed 1 week ago

Quite disappointed with The Workhouse I'm afraid. If it weren't for the audio guide, you would just be wandering around a lot of mostly empty rooms. Not like any other National Trust property I've visited in the fact that there's not a lot to see....More

Thank FreakinSweet
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is no doubt that the history of the workhouse is very interesting and educational and I'm glad we made the visit. There was an introductory film at the beginning and the audio tapes we were given to take round the various rooms were very...More

Thank l0vet0travel1990
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is an interesting building and the outside veg gardens were of interest. However, that is not really what I went for. I wanted to see something that depicted the social history of a workhouse and it just wasn't there. It really was just empty...More

Thank CarolScr
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Janice B
21 February 2017|
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Response from jeanann1485 | Reviewed this property |
Only just received your question.,so probably no help to you now. The Workhouse is open 12.00 to 5.00.
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Janet B
2 June 2016|
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Response from Mini-cooperSdriver | Reviewed this property |
£8/£8.80(gift aid) for adults £4 child , £20 family. Well worth joining National Trust and then you can easily get great value for money at loads of great places.
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