Workhouse Museum Gardens

The Ripon Workhouse Gardens

One of only a handful of surviving Workhouse gardens in the UK.
The Ripon Workhouse Gardens is one of only a handful of surviving Workhouse gardens in the UK.

Over the last x years the gardens have been carefully restored and brought back to life by a team of dedicated volunteers who use Victorian horticultural practices but with a 21st century attitude towards the environment and a sustainable future.

The large Kitchen Garden is an acre in size, and lies on a slope behind the Workhouse Museum site. Visitors learn about and explore the herbs, flowers and heritage fruit and vegetables such as the Fellside Hero potatoes and Dog’s Snout apples.

From the vantage point of the high terrace, visitors look down into the north-face sloping garden below. A path meanders around the edge of the garden and through its middle. Visitors can read explanations and fun facts about the plants that are growing in each bed. 

Bordering the garden are meadow-like wildflowers and a vast spread of pear and apple trees, whose fruits are harvested and pressed into juice. The garden’s principles of biodiversity and sustainability have created a healthy, balanced environment that welcomes birds, bugs, and animals of all kinds. Logs and benches scattered the perimeter inviting visitors to relax and enjoy these serene surroundings whilst the picnic tables offer a space for the children to play and refuel. 

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    Address

    Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE
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    Opening times

    The Workhouse Museum & Garden are open daily from:

    10am - 4pm

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    Ticket prices

    Book tickets for all museums or just the Workhouse Museum & Garden

    All museums

    • Adult: £19.00
    • Concession: £18.00
    • Child: £10.50
    • Family & Friends: £38.00
    • Small Family: £28.00

    Single Ticket

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    Accessibility

    The Workhouse Garden is fully accessible for wheelchair users via a ramp

Frequently Asked Questions

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Conserving rarer varieties 

As a heritage seed guardian, the Workhouse Garden takes pride in growing from seed and preserving heritage plants for future generations.

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