Essential info

Ripon Museums are open Tuesday to Sunday, full details of our opening hours are below.

Please note that, unfortunately, the Courthouse Museum will be closed on 31 October. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Museum Ticket Arrangements

The health and wellbeing of our visitors is important to us. From 19 July, we are continuing to keep you safe by limiting the number of visitors each half hour in the Courthouse Museum and Prison & Police Museum, which are small in size. Visitors can pre-book time slots to help us manage visitor numbers, but we also accept 'walk-ups' on the day.

The booked timeslot indicates arrival times only – visitors are welcome to spend as much time as they wish absorbing the stories within our three museums. We recommend at least 1.5 hours to fully appreciate the Workhouse Museum & Garden; 1 hour for the Prison & Police Museum and 45 minutes for the Courthouse Museum. Please present your email ticket by phone or a printed copy at reception

Please do not visit it you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

We have taken additional measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, volunteers and visitors. These measures have been taken following Government guidance and following Public Health England recommendations. We have received our accreditation from VisitEngland which recognizes that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing:

  • Social distancing measures
  • Intensive cleaning regime
  • Protective screens and signage
  • Face coverings are encouraged in our museums
  • Picnic area
  • Toilet facilities (NB: no toilet facilities at the Courthouse Museums)

You can enjoy a cup of Rijo coffee in the Workhouse Museum and can bring along a picnic to enjoy in our grounds. Gift shops are available in the museums and we ask that visitors use contactless payments wherever possible.

You can book your timed tickets to our three museums online .

Please note that Annual Museum Pass tickets that were issued in 2020 have had a three month extension automatically added.

Opening Times

Our regular opening hours are:

The Workhouse Museum & Garden is open Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 4pm. During school holidays, the Workhouse Museum opens from 10am.

The Prison & Police Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 1pm – 4pm. During the school holidays, the Prison & Police Museum opens from 11am.

The Courthouse Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 1pm – 4pm. Please note there are no toilet facilities at the Courthouse Museum.

Groups and schools visits

Groups and schools visits are always welcome, even when we are closed to the general public. If your group or school would like to visit, please telephone 01765 690799.

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