The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse, Southwell

Things to see and do

The Workhouse, Southwell

What's on 

Upcoming events

Wander The Workhouse

Tue 30 Aug 2016
Explore The Workhouse in new and creative ways. Choose your workhouse character and experience their history in a new digital trail.

'From Workhouse to Welfare' exhibition

Wed 31 Aug 2016
A series of exhibition pieces throughout The Workhouse investigating the changing use of the buildings and the people who lived in them.

The Workhouse in Focus

Thu 01 Sep 2016
Bring along your camera and explore the building through a lens. Whatever your camera skills, The Workhouse provides a powerful subject matter.

Heritage Open Day: Ballad for Southwell

Sat 10 Sep 2016
Discover your local heritage for free and hear new music inspired by The Workhouse and the people who lived here.

Discover Greet House

Sat 17 Sep 2016
In the twentieth century, the Southwell Workhouse site was known as Greet House. Explore rarely seen areas including the Infirmary building on a self-led tour. Discover related artefacts and listen to oral history testimonies.

Museums at Night: Sinister Stories

Sat 29 Oct 2016
The Workhouse Storytellers present a special 'Museums at Night' after-hours storytelling evening. Step back in time and experience the darker side of life inside The Workhouse as staff and paupers share their stories of despair.
The Workhouse, Southwell

Eating and shopping

Display of Workhouse shop products including gifts and souvenirs

Visit the gift shop and Day Room refreshment area 

Browse our shop for workhouse inspired gifts and souvenirs, or take a break with a light snack and a hot drink.

The Workhouse, Southwell


The Workhouse, Southwell

Our work

The Workhouse, Southwell

Get involved

The Workhouse, Southwell


School children dressed as paupers receiving a Victorian school lesson

Opportunities for schools and students 

Work with our award-winning education team to create a thought provoking session for your pupils in this atmospheric setting.

The Workhouse, Southwell


An interpretation panel printed on gauze showing three old and infirm male paupers in dormitory

Organise a visit or private tour 

We have a variety of options to suit your needs and interests, so take a look at what we can offer and how to book your group day out.