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The Workhouse, Southwell

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Address: The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
Phone Number: +44 1636 817260
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Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A...

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.

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Workhouse christmas

Just returned home after attending the workhouse christmas, everything was just, however the part that made it for me was the choir and the carols, the four parts that made up the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Anthony S
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just returned home after attending the workhouse christmas, everything was just, however the part that made it for me was the choir and the carols, the four parts that made up the concert were full of the traditional carols that we were all brought up to sing at christmas and I really enjoyed all aspects of the visit, one special... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been doing my family tree for quite some time now and have several members of the various families who spent time in different workhouses. When the opportunity came a long to visit on a Heritage day, I couldn't resist. The audio guides were very comprehensive and added to the knowledge that I already had. It just made me... More 

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Hull, East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

enjoied our visit the audio guides are great and realy take you back in time and help you understand the workhouse, not for young children in my opinion,

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Thank Kendublu
Thetford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

have been a trust member for about 10 years and this is the first time we have visited this type of property. it was a real eye opener the audio guide was very good. it gave you a real insight into what it was like. the only thing missing would be a place serving hot food.

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Thank michael g
Nottinghamshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our friends to the Workhouse and we were quite disappointed. The story is quite well told and you do get the chilled atmosphere that the residents must experienced. However, there is so little to see so you do not really get to understand the bleak conditions that there must have been. It is definitely not a suitable visit... More 

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Thank Retiredtraveller45
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Could not believe that this was still being used not so long ago. the guided tour gives you loads of info.

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Thank Blundells2014
Brixworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This National Trust treasure is sympathetically and sensitively preserved and displayed and provides for the casual visitor as well as the history lover. We spent over four hours there and never felt a minute wasted. Plenty of toilets and a well stocked cafe.

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Thank John M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though there is little furniture the audio guide helps to give a good impression of the role the work house played in the "benefits" system of the time. Aren't we glad pensions are now available.

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Thank Peter C
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today and found it very educational. Very informative of how things were run and what life was like during the mid 1800s to mid 1900s. It was a cold day and we were well wrapped up so you could really fell how awful it must have been to live there. The staff there were very friendly and new their... More 

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Thank Denise D
Southwell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife and i have lived in Southwell for 7 years and since retirement we eventually got round to visiting the workhouse we went on a midweek day Nov 2nd the place is well boarded and on entry to the car park we found it quite spacious plenty of room to park have to say though it was not very... More 

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