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Workhouse Museum

The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
+44 1765 690799
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Interesting museum

Visited this museum on a trip to Ripon. It was more interesting than we had anticipated and had... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JeannieG59
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Interesting and educational.

Learn’t so much being there. It explain and showed what it was like when the workhouses were about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LanaLil
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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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 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, lecturers and adult group leaders alike. Annual passes available for repeat visits too!
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  • Average5%
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“hard life” (5 reviews)
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The Workhouse Museum Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE, England
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"interesting visit"
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"visiting ripon"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited this museum on a trip to Ripon. It was more interesting than we had anticipated and had recently been expanded. I would recommend getting the ombined ticket for all 3 of the museums (the courthouse and the jail) you can revisit throughout the year.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Learn’t so much being there. It explain and showed what it was like when the workhouses were about at the time. They used real people stories and you learned what happen to them. Staff very friendly and attentive.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My kid chose to visit here as part of a trip to Harrogate. We bought the 12 month family pass which entitles you to unlimited visits to the courthouse museum and gaol, as well as the workhouse. It was £29 for a family of up...More

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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Molly, Thank you for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Workhouse Museum. We look forward to welcoming you again to all 3 museums, during the summer holidays every Monday - Friday from the 23rd July through to the 31st...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on the recommendation of friends. We are a family of four with children aged 7 and 10. Even though there is plenty of reading there is also a lot to keep the children entertained and involved. We visited all 3 museums and found...More

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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Dawn, Thank you for your lovely review of your visit to the museums. I hope we can welcome you back over the summer months - during the holiday's we will have all sorts of family activities running Monday - Friday from 23rd July through...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

First time in Ripon and the rain came down so decided to visit the Workhouse . We arrived as the opened and met a volunteer in period costume who told us all about the old Workhouse. The areas that have been restored are very good...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Been interested in social history for a long time and to walk through it was very moving at times. Well laid out with good mixture of general and local information. Hope they manage to 'restore' more back to how it was now they have most...More

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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hello - thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We hope we can welcome you back again soon! Regards Katy

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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Bought a ticket for all three and spent some time in each leaving workhouse to last. The person on reception was extremely friendly and spent some time with us explaining what was on offer. There is a lot to see here and take on but...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We paid to go to the 3 museums, the workhouse, the police gaol and the courthouse. Very interesting and took 2 hours for them all with 11, 9 and 6 year old. We thought it was good value at £29 for 5 of us and...More

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Katy O, Learning Officer at Workhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Dear 'Yorks171' Thank you for your review - we're glad you had a good visit and hope we can welcome you back in the future - more 'CSI activities for families next week, and new activities will be run in the half term holidays and...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Interesting to see the conditions people had to endure back in the day which really wasn't that long ago .couldn't make my mind up on whether they where better off in the work house or on the streets.not a lot of choice between them .but...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is such a fascinating museum to visit and tells the story through interaction and description of how the workhouse would have operated and who would have occupied, I was amazed at those who would have stayed here and their backgrounds. the cell area is...More

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Mo S
27 January 2016|
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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
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dl542
28 July 2015|
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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
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