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Workhouse Museum

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

We visited this attraction on our recent trip to Ripon. We bought the combined three-museum... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Gluten-Free_Anne
David Wells

A fascinating piece of social history, showing how the poor and needy were treated in the past. It... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2017
David W
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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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  • Average5%
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“hard life” (5 reviews)
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The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We visited this attraction on our recent trip to Ripon. We bought the combined three-museum one-year ticket, and thought we might call into all three museums. But the 'Workhouse Museum' was so fascinating, we stayed all day (taking only a short break to have lunch)....More

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Katy O, Learning Assistant at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

Dear Anne, I want to thank you for taking the time to write about your experience visiting the Workhouse Museum. Your positive review is very welcome and I will pass on to all our staff and volunteers your comments. Our aim is to provide a...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

A fascinating piece of social history, showing how the poor and needy were treated in the past. It is a good place to take teenage children to help teach them some hidden history

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

One of three really excellent museums within a stones throw of each other in this lovely Yorkshire town. Could have spent a lot longer viewing exhibits and talking to staff/volunteers many of whom dressed the part to bring the old workhouse to life. Bringing history...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We purchased the combined family ticket for the 3 museums. Great value for money. Each was really informative and the staff really helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our day.

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Reviewed 27 July 2017

I wanted to visit this attraction because I have family members who have actually been in residence here. So for me it was quite emotional, I did find it extremely beneficial to go around all the exhibits and areas, its an amazing place and I'm...More

1  Thank Sharon R
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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

This is a really good small museum in the original workhouse building which really brings to life the experiences of those who had to stay there. We stayed an hour but would have liked longer - it shuts at 4.00.

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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Living in Ripon, visiting the local museums isn't something the locals do! However I have visited the Workhouse a few times over the years and always love it there. They have in the last week opened a new block of the old workhouse to add...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

A poster is on display explaining in detail the meaning of these groups of poor people , if the workhouse was not in existence these poor sods would never have had a roof over their heads nor a plate of food to eat . Made...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2017 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

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Reviewed 17 June 2017 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

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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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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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