For groups

Panel depicting male paupers in their dormitory at The Workhouse, Southwell

Panel depicting male paupers in their dormitory at The Workhouse, Southwell

Group visits

Looking for an unusual visiting experience for your society, club or group? Interested in social history and attitudes to poverty?

Then come and find out how the other half lived as you follow in the footsteps of the paupers at The Workhouse on one of our guided tours.

Your interests

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It's as simple as ABC

Tours can be tailored to suit your group's interests. Contact us to discuss your needs and expectations.

Here's what some of our group visitors have said:
'The event was made even more interesting by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides' - Christine Hey, University of Derby
'A superb tour' - Nikki Cleaver, WEA

On our guided tours you can...

  • Dark and damp cellars were used for food storage and preparation © NTPL/Dennis Gilbert


    Explore the segregated dormitories, dayrooms, Master's quarters and cellars.

  • See female paupers prepare a Victorian dinner on our Living History day. © NTPL/National Trust


    Discover the 19th-century vegetable garden and learn what produce was used in the paupers' diets....

  • Workhouse boys © NTPL/National Trust


    Wander in the yards where the paupers would have toiled from dawn to dusk.

Guided tours

Inspiring insights into Workhouse life

  • Tour cost: £9.00
  • Group size: Max. 50
  • When: Mondays (Mid Feb-Oct)
  • Duration: 2hrs
  • Catering: Hot drinks & biscuits
  • Coaches: Parking 200yds
  • Contact: 01636 817260 or email

Audio tours

The Workhouse, Southwell

For an alternative experience try our audio tour.

Listen to exploits of characters that lived and worked in the building.

  • Availability: Wed-Sun             (Mid Feb-Oct)
  • Duration: 1.5 hrs
  • Cost: £7.20, NT members: free

Contact us

Booking is essential

To find out more or to book, email or call 01636 817260

We look forward to welcoming your group to The Workhouse

View the Midlands groups guide

You can also book the Workhouse Storytellers to perform at your own group venue