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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Ripon Ghost Walk guides

Be Spooked on the Ripon Ghost Walk

  • 13 May 2016 7:30-9pm

For Museums at Night, Ripon Museums has partnered up with the Ripon Ghost Walk to explore the darker side of Ripon's history on Friday 13th May, 7.30pm-9pm. Visit the site of Ripon Cathedral's bonehouse, be judged at the Courthouse, punished at the Prison & Police and terrified at the Workhouse Museums. Stories are for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old (with adults). Meet at the Cabman's Shelter (next to four red phone boxes) on Ripon Market Place, where the walk will finish in time to see the Hornblower at 9pm. Adults £2, under 16s £1

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Any age


Ghost Walk will start at the Cabman's Shelter
Cabman's Shelter
Market Place
North Yorkshire


£2 adults, £1 under 16s


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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