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

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.
Fabulous Food

Fabulous Food at the Workhouse

  • 27 — 31 July 2015 *on now

Mon 27th July – Fri 31st July Family Activities 11am-3pm

We’re firing up the cooking range in the ‘Tramp Major’s’ room and baking bread and biscuits. Come along to mix up some bread dough, decorate biscuits made to a Victorian recipe, handle some Victorian cookery equipment and think about the paupers in the Workhouse kitchen.

The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, children £3.50, age 5 & under free

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Off with their Heads at the Courthouse

Off with their Heads at the Courthouse

  • 3 — 7 August 2015

Mon 3rd Aug – Fri 7th Aug Family Activities 11am-3pm
The Queen of Hearts takes over the Courthouse Museum for a week of mock trials based on Alice in Wonderland. Come and play the Knave of Hearts and be accused of the theft of some tarts! Crafts and stories from Alice in Wonderland. Courthouse Museum, Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £3.50, children £2.50, age 5 & under free

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Summer Holidays

  • 4 — 27 August 2015

A programme of family themed object handling around old toys and collectibles. Live It! days, and toys workshops inspired by the Police toys exhibition.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout August.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://riponmuseums.co.uk/events/summer_holidays

Crime & Punishment

Discover Crime & Punishment in the Past!

  • 10 — 14 August 2015

Mon 10th Aug – Fri 14th Aug Family Activities 11am-3pm

Come and discover the cheap and painful ways of punishing people in the past. Have a turn in the stocks and visit the cells, have your fingerprints taken, take your own mugshot in a prisoner hat and handle some of the chains you may have been locked up in as a Victorian prisoner.

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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, children £3.50, age 5 & under free

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Victorian Herbology

Victorian Herbology at the Workhouse

  • 17 — 21 August 2015

Mon 17th Aug – Fri 21st Aug Family Activities 11am-3pm

Find out about Victorian herbal cures, mix a poultice using a pestle and mortar, make lavender sachets and plant a seed to grow on your window sill.

The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, children £3.50, age 5 & under free

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy at the Workhouse

  • 24 — 28 August 2015

Mon 24th Aug – Fri 28th Aug Family Activities 11am-3pm

Come and watch Punch & Judy performances and then make your own puppet. Have a go at traditional games played in the past by Victorian children.

The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, children £3.50, age 5 & under free

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

Workhouse Work

Workhouse Work!

  • 31 August — 4 September 2015

Mon 31st Aug – Fri 4th Sept Family Activities 11am-3pm

Workhouse children often worked on farms, find out what kind of jobs they did. With lots of fun activities, make a corn dolly, have a go at being a potter and make a clay finger pot.

The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £5, children £3.50, age 5 & under free

Website

http://www.riponmuseums.co.uk

October Half Term

  • 27 — 28 October 2015

Come and join us for a Live It! day, a craft workshop day and one day with a Victorian Lantern Show. Fun for all the family.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://riponmuseums.co.uk/events/october_half_term

Christmas Day in the Workhouse

  • 12 December 2015

Costumed volunteers, Victorian Christmas crafts and pop up café selling seasonal homemade fare.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://riponmuseums.co.uk/events/christmas_day_in_the_workhouse11

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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