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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Been interested in social history for a long time and to walk through it was very moving at times... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Bought a ticket for all three and spent some time in each leaving workhouse to last. The person on... read more

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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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The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been interested in social history for a long time and to walk through it was very moving at times. Well laid out with good mixture of general and local information. Hope they manage to 'restore' more back to how it was now they have most...More

Thank dbinc
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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello - thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We hope we can welcome you back again soon! Regards Katy

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought a ticket for all three and spent some time in each leaving workhouse to last. The person on reception was extremely friendly and spent some time with us explaining what was on offer. There is a lot to see here and take on but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We paid to go to the 3 museums, the workhouse, the police gaol and the courthouse. Very interesting and took 2 hours for them all with 11, 9 and 6 year old. We thought it was good value at £29 for 5 of us and...More

Thank Yorks171
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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear 'Yorks171' Thank you for your review - we're glad you had a good visit and hope we can welcome you back in the future - more 'CSI activities for families next week, and new activities will be run in the half term holidays and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting to see the conditions people had to endure back in the day which really wasn't that long ago .couldn't make my mind up on whether they where better off in the work house or on the streets.not a lot of choice between them .but...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a fascinating museum to visit and tells the story through interaction and description of how the workhouse would have operated and who would have occupied, I was amazed at those who would have stayed here and their backgrounds. the cell area is...More

Thank EAN44
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The all inclusive ticket for all three museums is an absolute ripoff! There is very little to see in all three of them. The Workhouse Museum is marginally better than the other two. These are small, unexciting museums and that would be fine if you...More

Thank Josephine E
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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Josephine - we are sorry you are unhappy with your experience with the museums, we have sent a private message to you to continue our response. With regards Katy

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day at The Workhouse Museum, there's lots to learn, and lots to do. It's really fascinating; we had no idea what people who fell on hard times had to endure in these places. Lots of activities to join in...baking, colouring, hat...More

Thank Pauline1026
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Visited with friends and family. Staff were fantastic and explained in detail about things to us and the children, even letting the little ones touch and have a go at things. Really enjoyed the time we spent here.

Thank hopey09
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Really interesting and informative afternoon spent looking around the Workhouse Museum. Well worth a visit by people of all ages. Shows how the less fortunate ones were cared for in times gone by. Will visit again when the warmer weather is here and I can...More

Thank boblad1946
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Thoughtfully put-together museum that allows you to step into the place of a poorer member of society in the past. The volunteer at the desk was knowledgeable and friendly (I noticed the team had won several recent volunteering awards!) The history is well-explained through written...More

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Mo S
27 January 2016|
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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
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dl542
28 July 2015|
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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
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