Visited this place on a sunny March Tuesday and were most pleasantly surprised by this interesting preserved Almshouse, a piece of green space with beautiful trees off a busy grey city road. We looked around the museum for a while then opted for a guided tour (only available certain days, check the website) and I recommend this. Interesting and informative guides took us to the preserved rooms and had many interesting snippets of information that really gave us a vivid snapshot of life as it must have been for the people who lived there, right down to the communal block toilet and copper for washing clothes in the basement. Clear and detailed information panels on many walls addressing various aspects of the Almshouse history, its occupants, their daily lives. Fascinating piece of social history.
Impressed by the cafe, which was quiet, overlooked the Herb Gardens, and had reasonably-priced food (smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel for £4.95, freshly made DECENT chicken sandwich - also some hot dishes - and excellent coffee, £14 in total for two of us.) The service was quiet, brisk and polite.
A nice little shop with some unusual and interesting gifts/books from pocket-money prices to vases and pottery.
The museum is free to visit; there is a £2.50 charge for the guided tour.
Would happily visit again - wasn't expecting much - most pleasantly surprised and left feeling both peaceful and invigorated.