Workhouse Museum

Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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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.

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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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Workhouse Connections

  • 27 — 28 February 2015

1 in 10 people have an ancestor who was in a workhouse. Are you one of them? Whether you already know you have a workhouse connection or are just starting on your family history journey then this event can help you explore your relative's experience.

Over two days you will hear from experts in both family research and workhouse history, explore one of the best preserved Workhouse sites in the country, and have the opportunity to get advice on your own research.