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Exterior of Workhouse
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

All three museums are open today. The Workhouse Museum is open from 11am-4pm. Prison & Police Museum 1pm-4pm and Courthouse Museum 1pm-4pm.The museums close for the winter on the Monday 1st Dec and reopen on Saturday 14 Feb 2015.

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We have unearthed fascinating items whilst renovating the garden, which were discarded or lost centuries ago.

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The kids (5yrs & 2yrs) thought it was interactive which allowed the parents to read!

Visitors to the Workhouse Museum

Access

The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users