Room Hire

Are you looking for an unusual venue to hold a meeting, lecture, event, open day or other functions? The Workhouse Museum can offer a number of unique rooms and facilities for any occasion. Run by the Ripon Museum Trust (charity number 1141462), we can provide a heritage environment with unique stories and activities that will enhance any event.



The prices quoted below are average prices for each space. Price depends on time and day of hire. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss a potential hire. To enquire about booking, please contact us to discuss your needs and book on: 01765 690799 or email [email protected]




Guardians Room

Be seated in more opulent style in the Guardians Room. This room was used by the great and good of Ripon.

With space for 12 around the grand table, it is an ideal space for small meetings or as a breakout space. The table can be moved, making space for lecture style arrangement for up to 50.

This room can be hired during museum opening hours or on an evening.

Hire cost £12 per hour


Dining Hall

Part of our recently opened Main Block, the dining room is the largest space we have to hire. With full AV facilities, it is perfect for lectures, presentations, concerts, meals, film shows, dances and much more.

With space for up to 70 lecture style, we can also supply tables to create a large boardroom style space.

Hire Cost £20 per hour

Conference Room

Does exactly what it says on the tin. This room is an excellent boardroom style space with seating at the table for 20 people. Good for presentations, lectures or round tables.

Hire Cost £12 per hour

Art Room

A new addition, the art room is the space if you need to do something artistic. It can be used for any form of visual art, pottery, painting and much more.

Hire cost £10 per hour


The Woodshed can seat up to 40 lecture style or 20 boardroom style. Perfect for meetings, lectures, concerts or hands on activities.

This room can be hired during museum opening hours or on an evening.

Hire cost £12 per hour.

Day Room

The intimate surroundings of the Day Room are perfect for smaller groups. Ideal for cabaret style of up to 25 people or lecture style for 30. This is also a perfect breakout room for small group sessions. 

This room can be hired during museum opening hours only.

Hire cost £10 per hour


Looking for an interesting activity to brighten up a day? We can supply hands-on activities or guided tours of the museum for you. This can include object handling, rag rug making, a mock trial, Punch and Judy shows, or a tour of the Workhouse Museum, Prison and Police Museum and Courthouse Museum. This is just a small selection and we can develop bespoke packages if require. Please contact us to discuss prices and options


Each room hire comes with tea and coffee making facilities for you to supply your own drinks. We can supply teas, coffees and biscuits at £1 per person. We can also arrange lunches in this venue with our local supplier, providing top quality food for any event. Please contact us to discuss prices and requirements.

Toilets are available on site for use with all of the hire rooms.

We can supply laptop, projector and screen as well as flip charts and pens. There is wifi access in Guardians Room and Day Room. For an addition cost of £10 per hour we can supply a technician to ensure your AV experience runs smoothly.