Workhouse Museum

Workhouse Museum, Ripon: Hours, Address, Workhouse Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Workhouse Museum
4.5
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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!
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Emma W
Staveley, UK45 contributions
Fabulous staff and volunteers really made our visit
Oct 2021 • Family
We visited the three Ripon museums at half term and enjoyed all three sites and the special Whodunnit trail.

There was so much to see at all of the museums, but especially the Workhouse, where we spent a happy hour and a half with our two boys aged 8 and 10. All of the volunteers we met were fabulous, but special mention must go to the lady playing the Tramp Major who was very engaging. The displays and information was all well presented with lots of very visual elements (such as examples of food or clothing) which were great if you’re getting text weary. The special trail really caught the imagination of my two sons (although we never found the footprints in the garden!) and made the visit even more interesting as we learnt about the different roles of the workhouse suspects.

We also had a really good session with the lady judge at the courthouse summing up our evidence and discussing the pitfalls of the judicial system in days gone by - she was also excellent and really made the visit extra special. In fact, my 8 year old said that he’d liked the courthouse best of all!

Bravo Ripon museums: we’re also visiting Beamish and the National Railway Museum this week, but I think you did just as good a job: what was perhaps a little more scarce in terms of budget was made up for in spades with the quality of the person led interpretation and the clear passion and enthusiasm of your team. 10/10.
Written October 27, 2021
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Mick and Sue G
Great Bardfield, United Kingdom6 contributions
Great museum, glad we found it.
Sep 2021
Arrived an hour before closing but were encouraged by the lady at the desk to see as much as we could. We were able to see around the whole museum but had we more time we would definitely have spent longer. Found the whole museum very interesting and informative.

The three ladies on duty were very pleasant and did not rush us to leave. We complimented them on running the museum and helping to keep this important part of Ripon's history alive.
Written September 25, 2021
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hopalong6845
cambridgeshire158 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2021
Very interesting place to visit. Plenty of information provided explaning all that took place there. Takes a good couple of hours to look round.
Written September 19, 2021
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Rachel
15 contributions
Interesting Museum
Aug 2021
This museum brings to life the struggles of the people who lived and worked here. Very interesting and highly recommended if you are in the area.
Written August 25, 2021
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Simon W
Morpeth, UK80 contributions
Fantastic museum great find.
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a brilliant museum. We popped in and thought it might be an hour visit and spent over two. Staff are very knowledgeable and the dowloadable audio obtained using a QR code is so well done. Fascinating social history and great for all the family. Volunteers are in costume in some areas and helped to make the experience even better. Enjoyed it so much will be back with the whole family later in year. Thank you to staff and volunteers. ❤️😊
Written July 28, 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK267 contributions
Hard times
Jun 2021 • Friends
Interesting museum, especially in conjunction with the police station and courthouse. There were two helpful and friendly members of staff to meet visitors at the entrance and a self guided tour via phone based app. The tour app could have been more informative, but there was also written material as you went around.

Catering was very basic, just a vending machine and a nice cafe would have been appreciated.

An hour and a half is probably about right to look around. Good accessibility with a lift to access upstairs areas.
Written July 28, 2021
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collpc
6 contributions
Great place
Jul 2021
Prebooked online which was simle. The booking showed a 30min tour slot which didn't seem to happen as we were about an hour and a half. A great place to visit and a stark reminder of our fairly recent past. A must see if you are in Ripon and worth the trip if you aren't.
Written July 25, 2021
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Colin C
Lancaster, UK93 contributions
Very informative
Jul 2021
Great museum well worth a visit if in the area. We bought the triple ticket and spent about 1.5 hrs here.
Written July 21, 2021
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Vlbella12
Derbyshire, UK30 contributions
Sobering but brilliant learning experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
Despite it’s sobering past, the Workhouse museum has some beautiful grounds & buildings. Everything was well presented, very informative and gave a real insight into life in the 19th century workhouse, especially if you have ancestors who experienced the workhouse.

Bit of a heavy atmosphere in some places, if only the walls could talk! One room had a light that kept switching on/off as though a child was playing with the switch. Immediately stopped when I entered the room. Hoping this was a feature and not some paranormal experience 🤣 either way, we enjoyed it.
Highly recommend
Written June 20, 2021
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Voyage819056
4 contributions
Must see museum
Jun 2021 • Couples
A fascinating glimpse into the past. The building has been really well restored and it's story presented in an accessible and interesting manner - so well done that we stopped and read every info board. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable - plus the combination ticket with the Courthouse and Police Museums is a great deal. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Ripon - the city is very lucky to have an attraction of this calibre
Written June 16, 2021
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