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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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So impressed with this great museum

We both found this museum much better than we expected - staff were friendly and very helpful and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JerseyGirl1981
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Oxfordshire, UK
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brilliant to see, but very humbling

Fantastic to see what life was like. all the displays were very honest and smypathically done. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
angela h
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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 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, lecturers and adult group leaders alike. Annual passes available for repeat visits too!
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“combined ticket” (17 reviews)
“hard life” (6 reviews)
“school room” (7 reviews)
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The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
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"value for money"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We both found this museum much better than we expected - staff were friendly and very helpful and there is so much more to see here than we thought there would be. Exhibits and rooms are well laid out and all very interesting. Lots to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic to see what life was like. all the displays were very honest and smypathically done. The price of the ticket which covers all 3 attractions and the fact that it is valid for 12 months make it a bargain. The exhibition from the Homeless...More

Thank angela h
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must to go visit for residents of Ripon and for tourists, deff add this to your list of must visit,have been a few times with the children they love it .

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a revisit, we came about six weeks ago and purchased a yearly pass. Unfortunatley The part we wanted to see was closed due to a film crew being there. Even so we enjoyed out visit picking up on things we hadn't seen the...More

Thank Louise K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there today and enjoyed what we saw, the main hall was closed for filming so we only saw part of the museum but it was good what we did see.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Provides good insight into the workhouse from why they existed to how they worked, with particular insight on vagrants - the main workhouse and garden are still developing with help of volunteers and grants. Audio guide available via your phone is good, easy to use...More

Thank bootle27
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this museum on a trip to Ripon. It was more interesting than we had anticipated and had recently been expanded. I would recommend getting the ombined ticket for all 3 of the museums (the courthouse and the jail) you can revisit throughout the year.

Thank JeannieG59
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Learn’t so much being there. It explain and showed what it was like when the workhouses were about at the time. They used real people stories and you learned what happen to them. Staff very friendly and attentive.

Thank LanaLil
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

My kid chose to visit here as part of a trip to Harrogate. We bought the 12 month family pass which entitles you to unlimited visits to the courthouse museum and gaol, as well as the workhouse. It was £29 for a family of up...More

Thank Mollymod1
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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Molly, Thank you for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Workhouse Museum. We look forward to welcoming you again to all 3 museums, during the summer holidays every Monday - Friday from the 23rd July through to the 31st...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We visited on the recommendation of friends. We are a family of four with children aged 7 and 10. Even though there is plenty of reading there is also a lot to keep the children entertained and involved. We visited all 3 museums and found...More

Thank Dawn T
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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Dear Dawn, Thank you for your lovely review of your visit to the museums. I hope we can welcome you back over the summer months - during the holiday's we will have all sorts of family activities running Monday - Friday from 23rd July through...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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