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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Workhouse Museum

Halloween at the Workhouse

  • 24 — 28 October 2016 *on now

Hobgoblins and workhouse ghosts will haunt the corridors in the atmospheric Workhouse Museum this Halloween half term, with spooky craft activities are on offer, including creating ghost puppets and bees wax candles to light the dark and spooky Halloween nights. Have a go at baking ‘Soul Cakes’ - the origin of today’s trick or treating - which stretches back to the Middle Ages. Plus a themed Punch and Judy will be making an appearance on Tuesday and Thursday with a special spooky storytime on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Suitable for families of all ages...normal entry fees apply, all activities are free.


Adult £6.50/Child 5-15 £5/5 & under free


Ripon Museums Half term Halloween

Fright Night at the Museum

  • 28 October 2016 5-7pm

Prepare to be spooked in this corridors of this atmospheric Victorian museum! Expect lots of ghoulish goings on, enjoy party games with Wendy the Witch, brave the ghosts and ghouls in the Corridor of Terror and finish off with some spooky stories and creepy crafts. Suitable for families of all ages.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


£2.50 per ticket


Workhouse Museum
Sharow View
North Yorkshire




01765 690799


01765 690799

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