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“Amazing”
Review of Workhouse Museum

Workhouse Museum
Ranked #7 of 36 things to do in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 14 March 2018

It is very well worth seeking out this wonderful museum. The rooms are easily identified with the help of the diagram provided and each is full of interesting information and illustrations relating to the lives of the residents of the workhouse over many decades. It real is a must for anyone who is interested in social history.

1  Thank Lynda H
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"hard life"
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"well worth a visit"
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"eye opening"
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"an eye opener"
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"run by volunteers"
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"fascinating insight"
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"interesting visit"
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"visiting ripon"
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"value for money"
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

This museum opened my eyes to how the poor were dealt until late into 20th century. We went in expecting to only spend an hour or so but we spent almost 3 hours there. Thoroughly recommend a visit.

Thank George H
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

One of three museums on a ‘combined ticket’ (recommended), the Workhouse Museum is a fascinating insight into the past - and in fact, not that long ago. The Museum is self-guided, but well laid out, with informative signage on what each room was used for, weaving in some informative background on the evolution of the ‘care system’ in England. Some of the individual stories are moving.

1  Thank David R
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

It’s a work still in progress museum with parts being bought back by the museum and put back to their former glory. The first part is really interesting and you get a good feel for how life must have been like. Quite eerie in places, definitely recommend

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Reviewed 16 February 2018 via mobile

Took our family of two adults, two teens and a toddler. We paid for the joint pass £29 to visit all the museum's, the workhouse the police station and the court.
Can't rate the staff working here enough!!!! The children took part in the baking, badge making, polishing of brass and milking activities, and also the sheep trail! Having been to the Southall national trust workhouse suppose to be the best in country I wasn't expecting great things at ripon but I was very wrong! This place is amazing! So much info and hands on stuff! The kids learnt a lot! The staff are amazing and really good with the kids! Would recommend to anyone!

1  Thank cheriepeacock
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