The Workhouse, Southwell - National Trust

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 despair.

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:

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

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

2015 prices:
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, audio or written 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.

Schools visits: We offer school visits Tues - Fri. Please call 01636 817262 to discuss your requirements. Booking essential, book early to avoid disappointment.

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.

Designated parking 200yds. Drop-off point. 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. Virtual tour available. 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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

'From Workhouse to Welfare' exhibition

  • 16 March — 6 November 2016 *on now

Discover the evolution of our medical and social welfare system as paupers became patients. Researched by the oral history team, the exhibition draws on individual recollections from staff and those who received care here during the twentieth century.

What to bring/wear: Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather as the house is difficult to heat.

Accessibility: The exhibition is on the first floor accessible only by stairs. No wheelchair access available, although there is a wheelchair on the floor for those who can climb the stairs.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/94f80f66-c7c2-44f3-b0c9-de5a6dd9e20c/pages/details

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.
A pauper character sits on the edge of a bed in the Workhouse women's dormitory

Stories of Hope from The Workhouse

  • 13 May 2016 6:30-8:30pm

Based on research from The Workhouse archives the storytelling evening recounts the tales of characters who found some form of comfort in this much feared institution.
What happened to the widow who was given sanctuary when her husband was killed in an accident? Or the women who was accused of child murder, did she get justice? And what of the children who were educated in the institution, did they gain suitable employment? Find out the answers and sometimes unexpected outcomes to these cases and more at the storytelling evening.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 adults
£5 child

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

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

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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