Workhouse Museum

Workhouse Museum

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

£12.00 Adult ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust sites for 12 months
£26.00 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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Workhouse inmates

Museums at Fright Ghost Walk

  • 19 May 2017 7:30-9pm

Join our sinister guides as they take you for a walk through Ripon's grisly past, calling in at the Courthouse to face Judge Dread, then down to the Prison for a taste of the lash and a pelting in the pillory. The last stop for many was the Workhouse Museum, where miserable children were made to work, their spirits may haunt the corridors..... follow our guides inside to find out but make sure you don’t get locked in! Finally our guides will spirit you back to the Market Place in time to hear the Hornblower Setting the Watch as he has for 1000 years. Suitable for families.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Adults £3 Under 16s £1


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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