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Workhouse Museum & Garden

Hard times, vagrants and the poor law unions

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Hedgehog Corridor in the Workhouse Garden

29 October 2015

Hedgehogs are a quintessential part of the British Countryside but find themselves in danger, with numbers dropping. This video shows what the Workhouse Garden Volunteers, along with the RHS...

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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

The Prison & Police Museum and The Workhouse Musuem are currently open from 11am to 4pm daily.

The Courthouse Museum is currently open from 1pm to 4pm daily.

During local school holidays all three museums are open from 10am to 4pm daily.

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Did you know?

Until 2 years ago the workhouse garden was an over-grown wilderness


A lovely day out. We will be back.



The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users