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Workhouse Museum & Garden

Hard times, vagrants and the poor law unions

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Twelve months in pictures of our Wild Flower Meadow

30 October 2013

The Wild Flower Meadow capture over twelve months

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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 every day. The Workhouse 10am - 4pm the Prison & Police Museum 10 - 4pm and the Courthouse museum 10 - 4pm

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Did you know?

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


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.

Ethan Burton


The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users