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 

What's happening during may half term?

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

Platinum Jubilee: Southwell Arts Beacon at Southwell Minster

Thu 02 Jun 2022
The Workhouse and Infirmary, and Southwell Town partnership, have come together to create a unique projection experience for Southwell at the minster to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

Workhouse: Live!

Thu 14 Jul 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.

Come Out and Play

Mon 01 Aug 2022
Enjoy a variety of fun games in the spacious field with The Workhouse as your backdrop.
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