Things to see & do

What's on offer

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Which path will you choose?

Choose your path. Will it be the pauper's path or the Guardian's path? Paupers had a long hard journey to The Workhouse on foot to seek refuge, imagine being confronted with the imposing building. Pauper entry was to the side of the building whereas the visiting Guardians used the central path and entered through the main entrance.

Follow Mary Mouse

Join Mary Mouse and George the Cat with our free children's guide to The Workhouse. Explore the building with the aid of a charmingly illustrated guide for families.

Pick from one of our new trails; Joseph Disney, Kate Parker or Hidden Heritage and on completion collect a special stamp which permits your release from The Workhouse.

2015 events at The Workhouse

Find out about our exciting range of events. Join us for living history days, storytelling, special tours and family focused activities.

Paupers, Petticoats & Pinafores

View a new exhibition focusing on research, design and construction of recently introduced replica female pauper costumes, as worn at Southwell Workhouse in the 1840s.

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Choose your guide to The Workhouse

Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere evoked by the free audio guide. Based on archive records, the guide helps bring 19th century inhabitants back to life. Alternatively, choose the written guide to help inform your visit.