Making the most of your visit

Young girl at The Workhouse picking up a doll

This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was pivotal in the development of our national health and welfare system. For decades it was where the poorest in society had to work in return for food, shelter and medical care. Today, we invite you to explore its atmospheric interiors, dank cellars and enclosed work yards while reflecting on its contemporary relevance through a programme of creative activities.

Why not start your visit by joining a volunteer-led welcome tour at 11am (numbers limited, non-bookable) and explore some of the outside areas not usually seen by the public? Then, when the house opens at 12noon, come and learn about those who lived and worked here, chat to a room guide and visit our café for a snack.

In fine weather you can enjoy the recreated Victorian vegetable garden where you are welcome to picnic. The garden which is maintained by volunteers is planted with heritage varieties and seasonal produce is available to purchase.

There are lots of events for the whole family to get involved in. This Easter we will have family friendly activities including craft and our Votes for Women’s Children’s trail. Pick up a Voting Pamphlet from the Visitor Reception Building to discover who could vote in 1918. Take a closer look at how the girls’ education differed with their male counterparts in The Workhouse regime and dress up as child paupers.