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

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.
Special Constables & Convicts

Special Constables and Convicts

  • 1 — 5 August 2016

Prison and Police Museum, St. Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX

A week of activities at the Prison and Police and Workhouse Museums themed around early policeman and prisoners. Family activities include dressing up in an early police uniform and making a magnificent handlebar moustache to go with it. Try your hand at bread making - the quality of bread given out to prisoners at Ripon Prison was criticised for being too good! Enjoy the themed Punch & Judy Show and enjoy ‘Drilling’ – aka the Whitby special constable experience.

No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult(16+) £6.50, Concs £6, Child(6-15yrs) £5, Child(5 & under) FREE

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

All in a Day's Work

All in a Day's Work

  • 8 — 12 August 2016

The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Would you like to see your children do some chores these holidays? Bring them along to the Workhouse for hands on family activities. Experience doing the laundry with dolly tubs and mangles, rag-rugging, trying to crack hard sums in the schoolroom and keeping Master’s boots and Matron’s table shiny with good old fashioned spit and polish.

No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult(16+) £6.50, Concs £6, Child(6-15yrs) £5, Child(5 & under) FREE

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

What the Dickens?

What the Dickens?

  • 15 — 19 August 2016

Courthouse Museum, Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS

Come and take part as comedy hits the Courthouse. Is Mr Pickwick guilty of raising Mrs Bardell's hopes of love and marriage? Do they go together like a horse and carriage? Find out at this Dickens trial re-enactment.
Hands on family activities include dressing up and acting and making (and breaking) hearts!!!

No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult(16+) £4.50, Concs £4, Child(6-15yrs) £3.75, Child(5 & under) FREE

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Cakes and Ale

Cakes and Ale

  • 22 — 26 August 2016

The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Get your aprons on and find out all about the Workhouse "treats". What foods were inmates allowed? Have a go at brewing small beer, which was what Workhouse women and children used to drink, baking cakes and making a clay tankard.

No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult(16+) £6.50, Concs £6, Child(6-15yrs) £5, Child(5 & under) FREE

Website

http://www.riponmuesums.co.uk

Mourning has Broken

Mourning has Broken

  • 29 August — 2 September 2016

The Workhouse Museum, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

It's time to go into mourning for the holidays as we enter the last week before school starts. Find out what happened to the dead at the Workhouse compared to wealthier people. Dress up in mourning clothes, embalm in the morgue, make a clay memorial and black wax seal, find out more about funeral food.

No booking is required, activities are free but normal museum entry charges apply. www.riponmuseums.co.uk / tel 01765 690799 / admin@riponmuseums.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult(16+) £6.50, Concs £6, Child(6-15yrs) £5, Child(5 & under) FREE

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
Allhallowgate
Ripon
North Yorkshire
HG4 1LE
England

Website

www.riponmuseums.co.uk

E-mail

info@riponmuseums.co.uk

Telephone

01765 690799

Fax

01765 690799

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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