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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!
All three museums are open today and admission is FREE to celebrate Ripon Christmas Lights Day . The Workhouse Museum is open from 11am-4pm. Prison & Police Museum 1pm-4pm and Courthouse Museum 1pm-4pm.
Until 2 years ago the workhouse garden was an over-grown wilderness
I really liked that everyone was very nice and friendly and let you join in. It was all very interesting and I would love to come again.
The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users