The Workhouse, Southwell - National Trust

The Workhouse, Southwell - National Trust
Upton Road
Southwell
Nottinghamshire
NG25 0PT
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse

E-mail

Information

theworkhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

Learning Manager

01636 817262

Information

01636 817260

Fax

01636 817251

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Front exterior view of The Workhouse, Southwell
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Discover the most complete workhouse in existence. Built in 1824 The Workhouse was a means of relief for the Victorian poor. Pioneering in its design and approach it became the blueprint for similar institutions across the country. The Workhouse's story is told from the perspective of those who lived and worked there. Listen to their stories and decide for yourself if it was a place of hope or dispair.

Explore the austere and empty rooms and atmospheric work yards with the help of an audio guide and let your imagination conjure up images of the paupers and staff going about their daily lives. All stories you will hear are based on archive records.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

National Trust members: free
Adults: £8.50*
Children: £4.25*
Family: £21.25*
Family (1 adult): £12.75*

*Gift Aided - Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% which will be put towards the restoration and upkeep of this property.

Includes introductory video, displays, audio guide, children's guide and trails.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

On foot: Robin Hood Trail goes past The Workhouse
By cycle:National Byway (Heritage cycle route)
Bus: Buses from Newark or Nottingham
Train: Newark Castle 7 miles, Newark Northgate 7.5 miles
Road: 13 miles from Nottingham on A612 and 8 miles from Newark on A617 and A612

Additional info

Education activities form a vital part of the programme at The Workhouse. The site has enormous potential in many key areas of the National Curriculum as well as providing exciting opportunities for lifelong learning.

Group visits: Groups with 15 or more people must book in advance. Audio tours available Wed-Sun, special guided tours available on Mondays. Call 01636 817260.

Schools Visits: We offer school visits Tues - Fri. Please call 01636 817262 to discuss your requirements.

Designated parking 200yds. Drop-off point. 5 manual wheelchairs available. Ramped entrance. Ground floor fully accessible, (except for motorised wheelchairs). Stair access only to other floors. Manual wheelchairs available on other floors. Audio-visual/video. Photograph album. Please ring for details and to book wheelchairs. Adapted WC in car park and at The Workhouse.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Law and Order, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of ashdown

Workhouse Walkers

  • 31 October 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 28 November 2014 10:30am-12pm

Join our friendly walking group for a free health walk. Meet new people, enjoy fresh air and the beautiful local countryside.

Walks around the Southwell area last approximately 1 hour and are about 3 miles in distance. Sponsored by Walking for Health, Newark & Sherwood District Council and National Trust.

Meeting at 10:30am and leaving at 10:45am from The Workhouse main car park.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/workhouse-southwell/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Getting there

On foot: Robin Hood Trail goes past The Workhouse
By cycle:National Byway (Heritage cycle route)
Bus: Buses from Newark or Nottingham
Train: Newark Castle 7 miles, Newark Northgate 7.5 miles
Road: 13 miles from Nottingham on A612 and 8 miles from Newark on A617 and A612

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