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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Last Minute Afternoon Out

Living in Ripon, visiting the local museums isn't something the locals do! However I have visited... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Raquel K
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GUTTERSNIPES , URCHINS , VAGRANTS

A poster is on display explaining in detail the meaning of these groups of poor people , if the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MR. T
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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 yesterday 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

Thank Raquel K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank MR. T
Reviewed 19 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

Thank Phil H
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

1  Thank Bonsack
Reviewed 17 June 2017 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 17 June 2017

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 9 June 2017 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 6 June 2017 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 June 2017 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 4 June 2017

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 2 June 2017 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 4 June 2017

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

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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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dl542
28 July 2015|
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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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