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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Well displayed history of English pre welfare state. I thought I new a fair bit about welfare... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil H
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Lancashire
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This workhouse museum is good. The combined ticket giving access to all three local museums... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bonsack
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England
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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 via mobile

Well displayed history of English pre welfare state. I thought I new a fair bit about welfare provision through the ages having a degree in such things, but no, I obviously knew next to nothing. Well done to Ripon Museum to convey the horror of...More

Thank Phil H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This workhouse museum is good. The combined ticket giving access to all three local museums (workhouse, police & prison and courthouse) could be good value but I do t think you would want to take them all in on one day? It is a pity...More

1  Thank Bonsack
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying with friends nearby and walked around Ripon. This museum gives a great look at the early development of the social conscience of a nation. They did their best at the time of need in 17th and 18th centuries. Today we (I hope) are doing...More

Thank LifeisShort-SaskRCMP
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having researched my family tree and uncovered ancestors who had resided in workhouses this visit really opens your eyes to the conditions they found themselves in and was full of interesting artifacts. I found the registers and records particularly interesting and moving.

1  Thank DaisySorbet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While it was very interesting reading we felt it needed something more a guide or interactive things to do

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An interesting place to visit , especially for professionals in social welfare. This place shows an in between old/new ages shelter for our people where they supplied work as well as a roof and food/drinks. This Victorian workhouse existed from 1854-1914 and gives a good...More

Thank Eric V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We bought a multi ticket which included the prison and courthouse museums; which lasts for a year! The amount of information provided is staggering, the staff are so helpful and encourage the children to get involved.More

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

Hello Kayci D, thank you for taking the time to leave a review on TripAdvisor about your visit to our museums. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and I hope we can welcome you back to the museums in the future. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I parked in the car park across from the police museum which is only a 200 yard walk to the workhouse museum and for £2 all day you can't moan. On entry the staff were very polite and gave you a talk on the museum...More

Thank gazken1981
Katy O, Learning Assistant at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear gazken1981, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a positive review about your visit to our museums. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us. We enjoyed running all the activities mentioned over this half term and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is part of three separate venues, we only had time to look around the workhouse though. A really good museum, well thought out, informative and interesting. The staff were so helpful and engaging with children. There are children craft areas, cooking demos and...More

Thank Housty1
Katy O, Learning Assistant at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Housty1, thank you for taking to the time to leave a review about your visit to the Workhouse Museum during half term. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to us so much and you are happy to recommend visiting to other people. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Workhouse Museum during May half term with our 5 & 6 year olds and had a really enjoyable afternoon. The staff were friendly, informative and hands on with activities for children. There was plenty to both see and do and the information...More

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

Hello, thank you for the review of your visit to us - we're delighted you had such a good time this half term. We hope we can welcome you back to the museums in the future - particularly as we are extending the Workhouse site...More

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Mo S
how much is the joint ticket for workhouse etc cheers mo
27 January 2016|
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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
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dl542
Are dogs allowed?
28 July 2015|
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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
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