Eating & shopping

The Workhouse shop

 © National Trust/Alison Cross

Welcome to our 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, special interest books and children's toys means that everyone will see a treat for them, the proceeds of which go towards looking after The Workhouse.

Workhouse wares

 © National Trust/Alison Cross

Are you Idle & Profligate or Blameless & Deserving? Our 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 versions.


Special interest books

 © National Trust / Jaq Anderson

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?

Green fingers?

Shop gardening products © National Trust Images

Shop gardening products

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

Shop gardening products © National Trust/Alison Cross

Shop gardening products

Try your hand at a  Victorian game or pastime like diabolo or practice your copperplate handwriting on your very own slate. We've also got more modern pocket money treats.

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 £6 each, these mice are a fantastic memento of your visit.

Fresh and seasonal

Bramley apples on our 100 year old tree

Our Workhouse garden flourishes 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.