The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse, Southwell

Things to see and do

The Workhouse, Southwell

What's on 

Upcoming events

Rats, Bats & Cats Trail

Thu 27 Oct 2016
George the Cat knows the darkest places in The Workhouse. Can you find them all with his trail?

'From Workhouse to Welfare' exhibition

Thu 27 Oct 2016
A series of exhibition pieces throughout The Workhouse investigating the changing use of the buildings and the people who lived in them.

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.

Winter talks: Re-imagining The Workhouse

Tue 15 Nov 2016
Find out about our 'Re-imagining The Workhouse' project and how it is shaping the future of The Workhouse. Also includes a private group tour and a light lunch.

Winter talks: Housekeeping Then & Now

Wed 23 Nov 2016
From polish to pest-traps, join our House and Conservation team and find out what it takes to care for The Workhouse building and its contents. Ticket includes light lunch and a guided tour.

A Victorian Workhouse Christmas

Sat 03 Dec 2016
Join the staff and paupers as they prepare to celebrate Christmas in The Workhouse. Sing carols with the pauper choir and enjoy seasonal refreshments.
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.