Workhouse Museum

A red brick building with a central archway leading to a courtyard

The Workhouse Museum is housed in the Gatehouse building, part of the larger Workhouse site (which visitors are welcome to explore), which contained the Guardians’ Room, Vagrants cells and Receiving Ward for inmates. We have also worked hard to recreate the original Workhouse Kitchen Garden, located to the rear of the Workhouse Site which would have been tended by the inmates and been used to feed them.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

11am-4pm every day during local school term time
10am-4pm every day during local school holidays

Admission charges

£9.50 Adult ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust sites for 12 months
£22.50 Family & Friends ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust Sites for 12 months for up to 2 adults and 3 children

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Half term

Apples and Arsenic, Half term historic family fun

  • 20 — 24 February 2017 *on now

Explore the smells and tastes of history in our fabulous family friendly activities this half term. Try your hand at baking, making concoctions, creating crafts, enjoying Punch and Judy shows, following fun trails and lots more… then take a closer look at our Victorian Workhouse and kitchen garden, one of the best preserved in England!
- Bake bread following a traditional recipe
- Concoct your own Smelling Salts, a popular cure for fainting in Victorian times
- Explore hidden corners of the Victorian Workhouse whilst following the Consumption Apple Trail
- Create apple themed crafts then have a giggle and sit down whilst enjoying the museum’s popular Victorian themed Punch and Judy show - fun for all ages!

All activities are included in the price of admission

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Adult £6.50 / Child (6-15yrs) £5/ Child (5&under) free


Tim Thompson

Bodies of Evidence: Forensic Anthropology Talk and Workshop

  • 25 February 2017 2-3:30pm

Find out how forensic science can unlock the past with Prof. Tim Thompson, Professor of Forensic Anthropology, Teesside University. Forensic and crime scene scientists work in lots of different places and investigate lots of different types of crimes. But one think they all do is look at the human body. Understanding and solving crimes very often depends of finding and studying parts of the body - from tiny fragments of skin cells to whole bodies. This talk will look at the different ways the body can be studied and what it can tell us about people and how they lived their lives.


Forensic Anthropology Talk & Skeleton Workshop £5


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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