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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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. / tel 01765 690799 /

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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