The Workhouse, Southwell

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The Workhouse, Southwell
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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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vicky42
Fareham, UK455 contributions
Extensive building of considerable historical interest
Jun 2021
We weren’t sure what to expect when we booked a visit here. This is a National Trust property and you have to book ahead. On arrival we were surprised at the size of the building, even though we had seen pictures. At reception we were offered devices which wirelessly connect to items in the rooms and then provide extra information on screen. We’d never seen these before but we liked the easy option to find out more. There is a one way system for your self-guided tour of the building. We thought there was plenty to see and it was relatively easy to take it at your own pace.
Written June 17, 2021
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brieryfield
Preston, UK656 contributions
Visit during covid
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Workhouse National Trust

Amazed at how grand the exterior of the building is and looked on arrival. Booking in advance ensured our entry slot. A guide gave us the route to take which is one way due to covid and a handheld device which provided additional information as we entered each room. I expected the internal parts of the building to look poorly kept in line with my perception of that era but I was wrong. About 3 hours would be sufficient for the visit. As you enter a room there are artifacts with written information about its residents that bring it to life, its a must to read. The cafe was open serving snacks and drinks or you can take your own picnic. Well with a visit.
Written June 14, 2021
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dopeyhopey
England484 contributions
Interesting building, but disappointing artefacts
May 2021
The staff at this site were extremely helpful and kind. There is disabled parking near the entrance (which was invaluable for me, as I cannot walk far). The building itself is original and gave a very good idea of the the severity of conditions endured by the people who lived there due to poverty.
However, none of the artefacts were authentic and this gave the place, for me, the appearance of a Walt Disney theme park. Given that it was still in use as recently as the 70s, I would have thought that it should have been possible to source some original materials. More could have been made of first person testimony of inhabitants of the Workhouse.
Written June 9, 2021
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EvelynEngland
United Kingdom248 contributions
Hidden gem - well worth a visit
Jun 2021
Hidden gem. Fantastic guides. We stumbled across this place on the internet the day before as we were looking for something to do in the area on a Sunday during covid restrictions. The museum is very well run. Initially I paid little attention to the writing on the furniture, on clothing laid on beds etc. Only part way through the visit I realised they contained fascinating insights into the place. You are also given a small orange box. Your task is then to find all the circles placed around the rooms to give you more information in video form. We were very impressed with how well this place was run, the information given on the videos, the written materials and the information from the guides in each area. This is very different from a town workhouse but very interesting. Allow at least 2 hours to do it justice - that was with some parts closed off.
Written June 8, 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK209 contributions
Victorian Welfare Pioneer
May 2021 • Solo
The most surprising thing was to be told several times that this is a small workhouse when it looks huge. Apparently some London workhouses might 10 times the size. Also surprising was that it was a pioneer model institution in 1824 and continued in some form well into the 1970’s and that it was still in use as a bedsit for the homeless until the 1990’s.

The staff here are great, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

Some areas currently closed but still very good value as you can spend a good couple of hours looking around.
Written June 5, 2021
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CarltonA10
Stoke Poges, UK325 contributions
Work and Play
May 2021
I found this NT property to be very well maintained and clean. The volunteers were on hand to help the experience. The poor were housed here in conditions the modern day person would find very unpleasant. Those of us who served in the British Army in the last century will find it somewhat familiar though.

The café was staffed with friendly ladies and some nice refreshments were on offer. The only slight down was the website booking procedure which was a bit vague (run by an outside contractor). Overall: a worthwhile experience.
Written June 1, 2021
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weemick
Suffolk121 contributions
Workhouse remembered
May 2021 • Couples
Well presented history of the workhouse with real memories from ex residents and reconstructions of conditions. Small cafe and seating perfect for visit
Written May 25, 2021
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STEPHEN K
Ashby de la Zouch, UK1,151 contributions
Very interesting
Oct 2020 • Couples
A great afternoon with the wife walking around this delightful property. Not so delightful in its day, fantastic quantity of knowledge from volunteers and info boards showing what life was like and dispelling some misconceptions. A well maintained and exhibited property and well worth a visit. During these times participation is interactivily limited but the one way system still allows access to two thirds.
Written October 28, 2020
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GISELENorfolk
Norfolk50 contributions
Loved interactive displays
Oct 2020
Efficient and welcoming greeting at entrance by a gentleman volunteer and efficient Track & Trace. Full explanation of sanitising, what's open to see, how to use the one way system etc. Guides available to ask q's and very friendly and accommodating. Were given interactive handsets to get more information about each room/props which were easy to use with interesting facts. All exhibits were well thought out and engaging.

Cafe/gift shop not open due to Covid - but immaculately clean toilets on site. Plenty of hand sanitisers.
Written October 10, 2020
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Benedict C S
London, UK6 contributions
Wonderfully redonne and tells some really educational stories
Oct 2020
Although austere it provides a really good modern interpretation of the history.
Volunteers were incredibly friendly. Sadly top floor and basement due to Covid but got a lot out of what was there and will return.
Really well implemented digital guide and positioning of quotes on objects felt very modern and interactive.
Written October 4, 2020
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