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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Excellent and informative museum

We visited this and the Police museum (separate review). This is a very informative museum... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gavin S
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
via mobile

This building looks nothing from the road but extends to the rear and is really interesting, we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve W
Derby, United Kingdom
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WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON AND WILL REOPEN ON SATURDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2016. IF YOU ARE A GROUP OR SCHOOL WE CAN ARRANGE SPECIALISED VISITS DURING OUR CLOSED SEASON. Ripon Museums host the trio of the Workhouse Museum, The Prison & Police Museums and Ripon's Courthouse Museum. These museums interpret the history of Law and order and Social Justice through the 18th Century and beyond in Ripon and Yorkshire. Discover how the poor were treated, what the inmates word, what the inmates ate and the hard labour that the paupers and vagrants undertook during their stay at the Workhouse. Become a school pupil in a Victorian classroom See the Collection of Police memorabilia and Victorian punishments in the old Liberty Prison. The Courthouse museum is a fine example of a Georgian building with costumes and props associated with the Victorian legal profession. Family activities during holidays are a great way for the children to be engaged with the history of the buildings and the stories of the past. Suitable for school visits with a comprehensive learning programme offered to teachers and group leaders alike. Annual Passes are available for unlimited repeat visits to all museums - a great value way to explore all 3 sites and return for special exhibitions and events!
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The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited this and the Police museum (separate review). This is a very informative museum. Interesting for both children and adults. There are interactive exhibitions that will appeal especially to the children but I enjoyed them too. The staff are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful....More

1  Thank Gavin S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This building looks nothing from the road but extends to the rear and is really interesting, we bought a combined ticket for the police and courthouse museum. Great time

Thank Steve W
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was not our first return visit to this fascinating site that brilliantly interprets a much neglected area of history. This time, a small part of the site was being used for Punch and Judy at the time we were there and there were other...More

1  Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've wanted to visit this museum for a while and today we finally got chance. Everything is very well set out with an easy to follow guide , the staff and guides are extremely pleasant and helpful too. I'm very glad I visited and it...More

Thank loushaun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this attraction on our recent trip to Ripon. We bought the combined three-museum one-year ticket, and thought we might call into all three museums. But the 'Workhouse Museum' was so fascinating, we stayed all day (taking only a short break to have lunch)....More

1  Thank Gluten-Free_Anne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating piece of social history, showing how the poor and needy were treated in the past. It is a good place to take teenage children to help teach them some hidden history

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of three really excellent museums within a stones throw of each other in this lovely Yorkshire town. Could have spent a lot longer viewing exhibits and talking to staff/volunteers many of whom dressed the part to bring the old workhouse to life. Bringing history...More

1  Thank Nigel M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased the combined family ticket for the 3 museums. Great value for money. Each was really informative and the staff really helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our day.

1  Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to visit this attraction because I have family members who have actually been in residence here. So for me it was quite emotional, I did find it extremely beneficial to go around all the exhibits and areas, its an amazing place and I'm...More

1  Thank Sharon R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really good small museum in the original workhouse building which really brings to life the experiences of those who had to stay there. We stayed an hour but would have liked longer - it shuts at 4.00.

Thank heatheruth
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Mo S
27 January 2016|
Response from KOMall | Property representative |
Hello Mo - sorry for the delay in answering - we'd not had a prompt you had messaged us. The combined entry ticket for all 3 museums - valid for 12 months is £12 per adult, £26 for a family (2 adults and up to 3 children... More
28 July 2015|
Response from KOMall | Property representative |
Hello I'my sorry only assistance dogs are allow in the museums Thank you for you question and I hope you visit us soon! Katy Admin and marketing assistant