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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Fascinating for all generations

We visited with our three grandsons (aged between 9 and 13) and there was enough to keep them... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Carole S
Retford, United Kingdom

Wow, I thought we might spend an hour here, two and a half hours later I was still fascinated. This... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bath, United Kingdom
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited with our three grandsons (aged between 9 and 13) and there was enough to keep them actively engaged throughout the visit. A treasure hunt sheet helped them to focus on more details. It has been organised very well, with the right balance of...More

Thank Carole S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow, I thought we might spend an hour here, two and a half hours later I was still fascinated. This is not a large museum but it is full of information and is very sympathetically curated. I learnt so much that afternoon and it was...More

Thank JeanChippenham
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum was exteremly interesting and a bit of an eye opener, as we didn't realise we still had the workhouse in England until the late 1940's. Considering it is run by volunteers it is extremly professionally presented. Well done!

1  Thank AmerigoVerspucci
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A well organised and well kept museum staffed by friendly and informative volunteers. You can spend a couple of hours here easily and not be bored in any way.Lots of different aspects to see.

1  Thank susie101
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the workhouse museum following a TV feature and it was a very worthwhile experience. The guide made us very welcome and explained that a '3 in 1' ticket covered entrances to 3 interrelated museums . The first was the workhouse , the second...More

1  Thank Michael F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandson is very interested in history.So I bought the combined ticket,witch is for £18 a very good deal and absolutely worth it.We enjoyed all 3 museums.You can use your mobile phone as an audio.We started at the workhouse museum.very interesting,than the police and last...More

1  Thank Wouter V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum, so much bigger than I was expecting. Bought the combined ticket for the three Ripon museums - workhouse, courtroom and old police station. Excellent value. The workhouse was my favourite. Seen it on the TV show Most Haunted and really wanted to visit....More

1  Thank MrsE1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting glimpse into the lives of people living in the old workhouses. Lots to see and read, with interesting displays. The 'cells' were particularly disturbing. Makes you think.

1  Thank smb1607
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we made the time to visit the Workhouse Museum. Intelligently curated to tell the story of a rather unfortunate feature of the local past, with honesty and insights. Highly recommended.More

1  Thank crimewriterkate
Katy O, Learning Assistant at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Crimewriterkate, thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Workhouse. I am delighted you enjoyed your visit and would recommend the site to other visitors. We do have some interesting and rather tragic stories to tell and with the opening...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were in two minds as to whether to pay the entrance fee as we weren't sure whether it would be worth it - how wrong we were! The whole place is so atmospheric and really brings home what the experience of being in there...More

1  Thank Kim L
Katy O, Learning Assistant at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Kim L, thank you for your comments - I will pass on your review to our volunteers who are so important to making the museum welcome to visitors. I'm so pleased to hear you would recommend our museums to visitors. Please come and visit...More

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Mo S
27 January 2016|
Response from KOMall | Property representative |
Hello Mo - sorry for the delay in answering - we'd not had a prompt you had messaged us. The combined entry ticket for all 3 museums - valid for 12 months is £12 per adult, £26 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children... More
28 July 2015|
Response from KOMall | Property representative |
Hello I'my sorry only assistance dogs are allow in the museums Thank you for you question and I hope you visit us soon! Katy Admin and marketing assistant