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“Brilliant”

The Workhouse, Southwell
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Southwell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A place of despair or a beacon of hope? Visit and decide for yourself.
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

What a real gem of a place. Very interesting and lots of original artifacts and feels very authentic. Knowledgable and interesting staff and a well stocked gift shop. The cafe offered some nice food and drink too.

Thank Helen P
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"a real eye opener"
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"fascinating insight"
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Very good set up, lots of historical info and staff very friendly and helpful with info as you go around, we missed the guided tour but spent over 3 hours there.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

We had a disappointing visit to the Workhouse. The building is just a series of almost empty rooms with repetitive information on the walls; quite honestly, we learned more from the introductory video than we did from exploring. We found more members of staff in the shop than on the grounds, though the one we did see inside was very friendly and welcoming. There were stations set up in a couple of places for (I suppose) interactive activities or talks but these were empty and unmanned...on a Saturday... in May. I'm only thankful that we didn't have kids to entertain on this day out like another couple we saw! I think the ticket price was far too high for a video and a quick wander around an empty building. We will not be recommending this one to friends.

Thank Emma M
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Wonderful location for a visit with friends. Very interesting history and well preserved and maintained for an hour or two to walk around and learn what life was really like living in such a place.
There is currently an excellent exhibition on to honour all the brave women who have fought for the cause of women’s right and suffrage. What an inspiration they are! Highly recommended.

Thank Scubajools
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

What a superb experience from start to finish, you drive into the grounds & there is plenty of parking ( bonus ) The exhibition shop is the first thing you go into, the staff were right on point, especially Ginny, who helped us to make the decision to join The National Trust for a year.

You then walk up to The Workhouse which is very intimidating in size & the uniformity of the building.

We were met by Norman, who was very informative about the workings of the building & then walked around. The sights & smells take you right back in time & it’s easy to imagine what it was like in those days. ( deprived doesn’t come close ! )

There is also an exhibition on the women’s movement at the moment from The National Portrait Museum. ( However finishes soon ! )

There is also a cafe, which is located at the back of The Workhouse. ( A little pricey for what you get ! )

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves to learn about British History.

3  Thank Adam M
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