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Workhouse Museum & Garden

Hard times, vagrants and the poor law unions

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Lockwoods Pop Up Restaurant Event 16th August

06 August 2014

Heritage vegetables from the workhouse garden have been appearing on the menu at Lockwoods Restaurant in Ripon. Potatoes “Duke of York", broad beans, “Bunyards Exhibition” lettuce, “Spotted...

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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!

Opening Times

Easter Holiday Opening Times

Saturday 28th March to Sunday 12th April.

All three museums will be open daily from 10am to 4pm for the length of the local Easter school holidays - Saturday 28th March to Sunday 12th April.


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Did you know?

We grow vegetables and fruit varieties which could have been found here in 1890.


One of the best experiences of my life, amazing history. I will be sending my children here

Visitors from Bedford


The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users