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“Ripon Workhouse Museum”
Review of Workhouse Museum

Workhouse Museum
Ranked #6 of 33 things to do in Ripon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Stairs / lift
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Ripon Workhouse Museum”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

Small child friendly museum located in centre of Ripon. Visited with 6 year old granddaughter, who enjoyed the unusual experience. Staff very friendly & with lots of knowledge of museum.

Visited August 2013
Thank riggers1940
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Blackpool, England
Level 5 Contributor
93 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A big surprise”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This really opened my eyes to the past. Didn't realize how hard it was to be in the Workhouse. I appreciate everything that my parents did for me. Youngest today should be made to spend a day as a workhouse occupant. A very interesting place

Visited April 2014
Thank morebeard
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A must!”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Very interesting, makes you realise how lucky we are. The volunteers were very friendly and informative.

Visited April 2014
Thank Jane W
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Sarnia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Visiting this very Dickensian establishment gives you a real sense of how the poor were treated. You leave it feeling very lucky for your own lives.

Visited August 2013
Thank Sheila F
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Spofforth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Great when it is an event day, dull when it is not”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

I've been a member of Ripon museums for a few years and this is the most changeable. When they have events on the kids can come and dress up, try rag rug making, wash laundry, experience a school etc. When it is a normal day the place is dry and dusty with lots of reading and little interraction. The police museum is the best of the 3. Good value for money.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank Marie C
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