Things to see & do

What's on offer

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Picnic posh or pauper style

Why not pack up a picnic basket and enjoy The Workhouse grounds and bountiful vegetable garden this summer.

Download ideas for a posh Victorian picnic or frugal pauper picnic. Or, decide on an impromptu picnic, purchase a tasty sandwich from the café and even a rug from the shop. On Sundays in August listen to pauper tales of Workhouse life as you picnic.

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, Master & Matron or Hidden Heritage and on completion collect a special stamp which permits your release from The Workhouse.

Autumn events at The Workhouse

Find out about our exciting range of autumn 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.