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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Behind bars

Crafty Convicts

  • 30 May — 3 June 2016

Wander round the atmospheric prison museum, see its pillory and whipping post, experience what it is like to be alone in an empty cell, with a hard wooden bed and a slops bucket in the corner! Find out how it feels to be a convict with special half term activities; have your finger-prints taken and take part in convict keep-fit in the exercise yard.

At the nearby Workhouse Museum print your own convict hat with the Broad Arrow, create a carved picture to take home, and have a giggle with a prison themed Punch & Judy show. Discover what life was like in one of the best-preserved Victorian Workhouses in the country.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Museum entry: Adults £6.50 (concs £6); Child (6-15 years) £5; Under 5s admitted for free; family ticket to all museums available.
Activities free.


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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