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Exterior of Workhouse
Workhouse Museum & Garden

Hard times, vagrants and the poor law unions

A man with a bindle and a flat cap is given directions
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From our blog:

Exciting opening events planned for 2017…

29 January 2017

Our first blog of 2017 is by Museum Director James Etherington...

It seems like only a few days ago we were waving goodbye to our last visitors of the season at the Christmas event and here...

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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

We are now open to the public. For the school holidays (18th Feb - 24th Feb) all three museums are open 10.00 - 16.00. Following this, the Workhouse museum is open 11.00 - 16.00 and the Courthouse and Prison and Police Museums are open 13.00 - 16.00. Come and see whats new! Special opening event 

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Did you know?

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


I’ve had to drag my kids home, they’ve learned loads & been inspired. We’ll definitely be back for similar events.

Carol-ann Howe


The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users