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The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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How lucky we are....

This is an impressive building from the exterior; but inside tells the harsh life of a Victorian... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Good on the day, however we were lucky we choose that day

Limited information throughout the build about what went on within each room or area, most rooms... read more

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Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A place of despair or a beacon of hope? Visit and decide for yourself.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an impressive building from the exterior; but inside tells the harsh life of a Victorian Workhouse. Set up by the Reverend J T Becher; the workhouse provided refuge for the local poor and destitute. Dating back to 1824 , it's format was the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Limited information throughout the build about what went on within each room or area, most rooms were bare, with no commentary to assist visitors. We were luck that the day we visitied the Workhouse there were a large number of actors playing parts of different...More

Thank danloc05
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was staying in Nottingham with relatives and found a leaflet for this at the Hotel. As we have found out that we had relatives who were in the workhouse this was really really interesting. Make sure that you arrive when they open to take...More

Thank jcarter856
Reviewed 2 days ago

Popped in to the Workhouse as I had an hour or so to kill. Although first impressions are very good - a grand looking house and wonderful vegetable and herb gardens out front, I agree with the previous reviewer that the signage inside could have...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have wanted to visit the workhouse for several years and was delighted to be able to visit on Sunday. First impressions walking to the building were impressive, as is the vegetable garden. We took the written guide offered to us inside and off we...More

Thank adietudor
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here not knowing a lot about southwell on Saturday, and I must say what a day we had! Highly recommend going if visiting southwell and enjoy your history. Can't wait to come back.

Thank Jward889
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very unusual place to be able to visit. There are not many surviving workhouses. The audio tour really brought home the deliberately harsh environment. Whilst the intention was well meaning the regime was actually bordering on the cruel. What added to the...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited with 5 and 8 year old daughters and was given a children's activity sheets to complete (mainly trying out Victorian children's games) 5 year old enjoyed this the most. The other task was a question sheet following the life of a girl called...More

Thank Shaz082
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Having been to other workhouse museums (such as the one in Ripon) I have wanted to visit Southwell for several years. Finally I had the opportunity whilst en route to Yorkshire and was very excited. I have visited many different historical buildings, from ruins to...More

Thank BeakerCat
Reviewed 6 days ago

This property is so different to the majority of National Trust buildings. It is literally a workhouse where the destitute went and worked hard for their keep. Also mothers went to give birth to their children, as they could not afford to go to hospital....More

Thank Woodlands19
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Janice B
21 February 2017|
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Response from jeanann1485 | Reviewed this property |
Only just received your question.,so probably no help to you now. The Workhouse is open 12.00 to 5.00.
Janet B
2 June 2016|
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Response from Mini-cooperSdriver | Reviewed this property |
£8/£8.80(gift aid) for adults £4 child , £20 family. Well worth joining National Trust and then you can easily get great value for money at loads of great places.