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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!
Vagrants were still housed here in the 1960s; many local people still remember them sitting on the wall outside waiting to be let in.
"Emily, age 4
I loved dressing up and being in the old school.