The Workhouse, Southwell - National Trust

Front exterior view of The Workhouse, Southwell
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Atmospheric Victorian workhouse

Walking up the paupers' path towards The Workhouse it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here. This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.

This rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women and children

The stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

'An empty workhouse is a successful one' - Rev. J T Becher (founder of Southwell Workhouse)

Venue Type:

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

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

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Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

On foot: Robin Hood Trail goes past The Workhouse
By cycle: National Byway (Heritage cycle route)
Bus: regular services from Newark, Nottingham and Mansfield bus stations
Train: Newark Castle 7 miles; Newark North Gate 7½ miles; Nottingham 13 miles
Road: 13 miles from Nottingham on A612 and 8 miles from Newark via A617 and A612

Additional info

Free parking, 200 yards from Workhouse in visitor car park. Gates open 10.30am and close at 5.30pm

Small refreshment area in main building offers hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, ice-cream, pre-packaged snacks and sweet treats

Picnics are allowed anywhere in the gardens and grounds

Dogs are allowed in the car park and front field but not permitted in the house or garden. Assistance dogs only in the house and garden

Please check National Trust website for full details

Collection details

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

Getting there

On foot: Robin Hood Trail goes past The Workhouse
By cycle: National Byway (Heritage cycle route)
Bus: regular services from Newark, Nottingham and Mansfield bus stations
Train: Newark Castle 7 miles; Newark North Gate 7½ miles; Nottingham 13 miles
Road: 13 miles from Nottingham on A612 and 8 miles from Newark via A617 and A612

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

logo: Museums at Night

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse

E-mail

Information

theworkhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

Information

01636 817260

Information

01636 817260

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.
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