Eating & shopping

The Workhouse Shop

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Welcome to our newly refurbished shop. If you are looking for a souvenir of your visit, an unusual gift or want to delve deeper into workhouse history then you will find something to suit.

Our range of unique Workhouse goods, local produce, specialist publications and children's toys means there is something to interest everyone.

Workhouse Goods

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Are you Idle & Profligate or Blameless & Deserving? Our branded mugs and gruel bowls serve as a great memento of your visit and an even better gift idea.

Collectors of fridge magnets and keyrings can add to their hoard with Workhouse customised versions.


Specialist Publications

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Find out more about The Workhouse and Victorian life through our books which range from the history of the privy to memoirs of a Victorian midwife. An extensive selection of titles by workhouse expert Peter Higginbotham are also available.

Why not take home a copy of The Workhouse Guidebook to reflect on your visit?

Shop Local

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Look out for a selection of tasty produce from The Workhouse's recreated 19th century vegetable garden.

For a special treat, take a look at our range of 'Country Mumkin' Preserves homemade here in Southwell. 

Even closer to home, the Workhouse sewing volunteers produce a range of pauper dolls and other hand-crafted items, ideal as a unique gift.

Grow Your Own

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Garden enthusiasts will find all manner of items to enhance the look of their plots.

From bird-feeders to herb kits and much more besides, green-fingered visitors can seek inspiration to update their gardens whatever their size.

For Children

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Try your hand at a  Victorian game or pastime like cup and ball or good old-fashioned marbles. Practice your copperplate handwriting on your very own slate.

Feeling peckish? Then grab yourself a bag of traditional sweets.

Visitors reflect on their visit to The Workhouse over a cup of tea © National Trust / Lynsey Woods

Visitors reflect on their visit to The Workhouse over a cup of tea

Refreshment and Reflection

Visit The Day Room refreshment area for hot or cold drinks, sandwiches and small snacks. An ideal space to sit and reflect on your visit with the comfort of a hot drink.

Looking for lunch? The delightful market town of Southwell is only a mile away and has a great range of places to eat.

Pauper Mice

Pauper mice, named after real pauper inmates are available from The Workhou

Take home your very own pauper mouse, named after a real Workhouse inmate from the punishment book. At only £5 each, these mice are a fantastic memento of your visit.

Fresh and seasonal

Bramley apples on our 100 year old tree

Our Workhouse garden is flourishing with seasonal produce grown from heritage seed varieties. Purchase fresh produce from our vegetable barrow. Find out more.


National Trust membership is amazing value

If you're not already a National Trust member, why not show your support and join here at The Workhouse? You'll receive free entry, a membership pack and contribute to a good cause.