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Workhouse Museum

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Address: The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
Phone Number:
+44 1765 690799
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours


WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON AND WILL REOPEN ON SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2016. IF YOU ARE A GROUP OR SCHOOL WE CAN ARRANGE SPECIALISED VISITS DURING OUR CLOSED SEASON. Ripon Museums host the trio of the Workhouse Museum, The Prison & Police Museums and Ripon's Courthouse Museum. These museums interpret the history of Law and order and Social Justice through the 18th Century and beyond in Ripon and Yorkshire. Discover how the poor were treated, what the inmates word, what the inmates ate and the hard labour that the paupers and vagrants undertook during their stay at the Workhouse. Become a school pupil in a Victorian classroom See the Collection of Police memorabilia and Victorian punishments in the old Liberty Prison. The Courthouse museum is a fine example of a Georgian building with costumes and props associated with the Victorian legal profession. Family activities during holidays are a great way for the children to be engaged with the history of the buildings and the stories of the past. Suitable for school visits with a comprehensive learning programme offered to teachers and group leaders alike. Annual Passes are available for unlimited repeat visits to all museums - a great value way to explore all 3 sites and return for special exhibitions and events!

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Very interesting museum for all ages. Great on a rainy half term holiday.

The enthusiastic volunteers make the museum a vibrant and welcoming place. There are activities which engaged our children of 6 and 9. The concepts of poverty and homelessness are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
sarah c
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The enthusiastic volunteers make the museum a vibrant and welcoming place. There are activities which engaged our children of 6 and 9. The concepts of poverty and homelessness are well presented for children, without being too scary or upsetting. Our children were stimulated by their visit and we will definitely visit again and look in more detail at areas we... More 

Thank sarah c
Wetherby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very interesting and educational. Really does show how hard life was for the have not's. Can thin of a number of people who should visit here so they appreciate exactly how easy their lives are now. Good value for money as well as you can get this, the Police and Prison museum and the court museum all for £12.00 and... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Feel a bit of a fraud but... on a Monday afternoon I run a Stitch Knit and Natter group (and don't we natter!!!) All the ladies that attend speak to visitors of the museum and show them what and how they make items that sell in the Workhouse shop. Most important is how to make a rag rug, visitors can... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the third place to visit as part of our trilogy, having already been to the Courthouse and Police Museum - as an individual museum they all have so much interest and when you rate all 3 they are an excellent attraction. This particular museum had a lot of sadness due to the difficult working environment - many families... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Well worth a visit. A look back in time or maybe in to the future, Victorian values and all of that. It would seem that they are expanding also to make the attraction even greater which is always good news.

Thank Iain C
North Wales, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Part of a group of three museums in Ripon, the workhouse gives an insight into the hard times which faced those unable to support themselves in days gone by, without 'dumbing down' or dressing up what it really would have been like. This is a self guided tour with clear way markers, informative displays and authentic artefacts. You start the... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Buy the three ticket option but the court house although nice doesn't take five minutes. The police/jail is the most interesting of the three and gets five stars. The workhouse is good and worth the visit.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were staying nearby and the three museums in Ripon attracted us. Unfortunately, we were only able to visit the Workhouse Museum. It is a self-guide tour with links to your smart phone. The Museum is fitted with a lift for impaired mobility visitors. Various rooms are laid out as they would have been when it was in use. There... More 

Thank John C
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

The Workhouse is one of three museum's in Ripon and you can buy a ticket that covers visits to all of them. We started at the Workhouse as it was open in the morning where as the other two opened later in the afternoon. Friendly welcome and we were shown how we could get an audio tour by logging on... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Visited this museum and is very well laid out and has many interesting exhibits to see and would recommend anyone in Ripon to pay a trip.

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