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The Workhouse Kitchen Garden, located to the back of the original Workhouse site, is set in the 1890s and we grow the varieties of fruit and vegetables that were available at the time.Book tickets
Workhouse gardens are rare survivals. The Ripon Workhouse kitchen garden has been carefully restored, and is maintained by the Trust, in order to bring it back into use.
The garden is maintained by a team of volunteers who use Victorian horticultural practices but with a 21st Century attitude towards the environment and a sustainable future.
About an acre in size, it lies on a slope behind the Workhouse site, with both original and access paths for all visitors to be able to enjoy the variety of vegetables, fruit and herbs that are all sourced from Victorian or older varieties including ‘Fellside Hero’ potatoes and ‘Dog’s Snout’ apples!
Over 140 local volunteers work to open and manage our museums; only 10 members of staff are paid.
"ESME - Aged 10 - from LEEDS
I thought it was really fun to find out what it was like to live in a workhouse!