Welcome to The Yorkshire Law & Order Museums. Our three sites within the centre of the city of Ripon, tell the unique story of the Liberty Courthouse, Prison and Victorian Workhouse. Find out about the people who ended up here and what happened to them next...


We've had a wonderful 2018 season and would like to thank the very many visitors who came to see us.  We will be closed to visitors from Monday 3rd December, re-opening Saturday 9th February, using this time to prepare for an exciting and informative series of events and exhibitions for all to enjoy. Schools and groups are welcome during this closed period and our Learning and Education team will be pleased to take any visit enquiries.

We're preparing our 2019 calendar of events and exhibitions - our theme for the year will explore Home and Homelessness.  

Uncover Hidden Histories
At Ripon’s Award-winning Museums

We are closed for winter, re-opening on Saturday 9th Feb with new events and exhibitions Full opening times →


A well-researched and fascinating place. Very impressed. Great for all ages.