The Workhouse and Infirmary

Front of the Workhouse, Southwell on a spring day

Important notice -

When visiting The Workhouse there is no requirement to pre-book unless it is for a group of 15 or more people.

Atmospheric Victorian workhouse

The Workhouse and Infirmary

What's on 

20 year anniversary: Care and Conservation Exhibition

We're commemorating 20 years of opening, a milestone that we knew deserved a very special historic photo exhibition. Get a snapshot of what you'll be viewing when you visit.

Volunteer with visitors outside The Workhouse

Join an outdoor welcome tour

Learn more about The Workhouse and Infirmary on a welcome tour taking place each day of opening at 11am. This will bring you on a circular route through outdoor walkways and the kitchen gardens. Some additional tours available throughout the day. (Limited spaces available, non-bookable, additional tours not guaranteed)

Upcoming events

Come Out and Play

Sun 14 Aug 2022
Enjoy a variety of fun games in the spacious field with The Workhouse as your backdrop.

Workhouse: Live!

Thu 18 Aug 2022
Meet costumed workhouse characters as they perform traditional tasks and tell you all about their lives at The Workhouse every Thursday and Saturday from 14 July - 27 August.
The Workhouse and Infirmary

Our work

The Workhouse and Infirmary


The Workhouse and Infirmary


Supporter holding a takeaway coffee cup

Food and drink

Our café is open daily, 10.30 am-3.00pm, serving hot drinks, snacks, cakes and ice cream. We’ve introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collection points.

The Workhouse and Infirmary

Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at The Workhouse and Infirmary on the National Trust Collections website