The Workhouse, Southwell

Important notice -

Sunday 24 July 2016 - please be aware of a number of temporary road closures and restrictions due to the Outlaw Triathlon event. This may affect your journey to The Workhouse. For further information please call 0300 500 8080.

Atmospheric Victorian workhouse

The Workhouse, Southwell

Things to see and do

The Workhouse, Southwell

What's on 

Upcoming events

Graft, Gruel & Good-for-Nothings

Wed 27 Jul 2016
Meet Workhouse characters as you step back in time to the 1840s. Pick oakum, join a Victorian school lesson or lend a hand with the laundry.

'From Workhouse to Welfare' exhibition

Wed 27 Jul 2016
A series of exhibition pieces throughout The Workhouse investigating the changing use of the buildings and the people who lived in them.

Pop-up Paupers

Mon 01 Aug 2016
Meet characters from The Workhouse's past and hear about their experience as a member of the Victorian poor. You can also help them with their daily jobs.

Family Fridays

Fri 05 Aug 2016
Join a pauper inmate and find out what life was really like in The Workhouse on this family focused introductory tour. Then have a go at '50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾' themed crafts.
The Workhouse, Southwell

Eating and shopping

Display of Workhouse shop products including gifts and souvenirs

Visit the gift shop and Day Room refreshment area 

Browse our shop for workhouse inspired gifts and souvenirs, or take a break with a light snack and a hot drink.

The Workhouse, Southwell


The Workhouse, Southwell

Our work

The Workhouse, Southwell

Get involved

The Workhouse, Southwell


School children dressed as paupers receiving a Victorian school lesson

Opportunities for schools and students 

Work with our award-winning education team to create a thought provoking session for your pupils in this atmospheric setting.

The Workhouse, Southwell


An interpretation panel printed on gauze showing three old and infirm male paupers in dormitory

Organise a visit or private tour 

We have a variety of options to suit your needs and interests, so take a look at what we can offer and how to book your group day out.