Learning opportunities at The Workhouse

School children dressed as paupers receiving a Victorian school lesson

Visit to find out about life in a Victorian Workhouse, attitudes to the poor and how welfare has developed through the years. Students will gain a fascinating insight through a varied learning programme delivered in this unique and atmospheric setting.

Award winners

The Workhouse is a proud winner of the Sandford Award. The Learning Team has won this award for its heritage education provision.
This kite mark for excellence and high standards shows that we provide a quality learning experience for students.

Key Stage 2

Travel back in time with your class and enter The Workhouse as Victorian paupers. Choose from a range of afternoon workshops. 

Key Stage 3

Discover how the poor were treated in the 1840s with a guided tour. You may even encounter some Workhouse characters along the way!


GCSE, AS & A Level

Our curriculum-linked tours and workshops offer a thought-provoking glimpse into social welfare provision since 1824.
Get in touch with the Learning Team to discuss your requirements.


A guided tour of The Workhouse can really bring history alive for university groups. Our experienced guides adapt their tours to suit your focus and love to share their knowledge with you.

Become an education member

You may benefit from becoming Education Group Members. Designed to allow not for profit education groups free entry to properties owned by the National Trust and discounted charges for learning visits.

How to book

Contact the Learning Team:

Please note that school visits are very popular, so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.