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.
11am-4pm every day during local school term time
10am-4pm every day during local school holidays
£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
Hearts & Flowers and Vinegar Valentines
- 15 — 19 February 2016
Have fun this half term by creating Victorian themed Valentine Crafts at Ripon's Victorian Workhouse.
Roll up your sleeves and do some felting to create hearts from wool strands. Plant some Heartsease seedlings to take home. Also known as Love-in-Idleness, this plant was used as a love potion in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Find out more about vinegar valentines, the cards you would rather not receive! Often decorated with a rude caricature and insulting poem millions of these mocking valentines were sold between the 19th and 20th centuries. Study our replica vinegar valentines on display and make your own collage vinegar valentine with googly eyes. Finally, everyone’s favourite valentine couple, Punch & Judy will be performing twice a day – that’s the way to do it!
Museum open 10:00 – 16:00. Activities run from 11:00 – 15:00 daily.
- Family friendly
- Especially for children
Workhouse Museum entry prices apply, activities free.
Entry Adult £6.50 (concs £6); Child (6-15 years) £5; Under 5s admitted for free.