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.
Start your visit with an insightful behind the scenes tour of our outside areas.
The Workhouse offers something for all ages of the family.
Make the most of our garden and cafe. Buy some of the crop on show - a gardener's delight!
From plot to pauper plate, explore the recreated Victorian vegetable garden and admire the range of heritage varieties grown.
Browse our shop for workhouse inspired gifts and souvenirs, or take a break with a light snack and a hot drink.
Rediscover the history of local women connected to The Workhouse for the centenary of women’s suffrage.