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Discover the most complete workhouse in existence.
Built in 1824 The Workhouse was a means of relief for the Victorian poor. Pioneering in its design and approach it became a blueprint for similar institutions across the country. The Workhouse’s story is told from the perspective of those who lived and worked here. Listen to their stories and decide for yourself if it was a place of hope or despair.
Explore the austere and empty rooms and atmospheric work yards with an audio guide and let your imagination conjure up images of the paupers and staff going about their daily lives. All the stories you will hear are based on archive records.
Wander in the restored Victorian vegetable garden, find out about the paupers' diet and purchase some vegetables for yourself from the seasonal vegetable barrow.
Bring the family and enjoy a full programme of living history events, tours and exhibitions. Younger visitors can enjoy our children’s trails and games dressing up and great family events during the school holidays. To make life a little easier we also have baby changing facilities, pushchairs are admitted and we have hip-carrying infant seats for loan.
Visitors will be able to enjoy an extended menu at the new café located in Firbeck, the old infirmary building. This new space will provide additional seating as well a more varied menu which will include soup, a daily hot pot dish and delicious homemade scones.
Make the most of your vist and take in a guided welcome tour which take place daily at 11am (see opening times for details),
2017 Opening Times:
11th Feb - 5th Nov 2017
Workhouse: 12.00 - 17.00
Welcome Tour: 11.00 - 12.00
From Saturday 4 March onwards visitors will be able to vote for their favourite Workhouse object as part of ‘The History of The Workhouse in 20 objects’ initiative. A selection of five objects will be on view, changing every two months, and visitors will be able to vote and add their own comments. The winning object from each selection will then go into the final display at the end of the year.
2017 Admission Prices:
Adults £8.65 | Children £4.30 | Family £21.60| Family (1 Adult) £12.95 | Group Adult (Minimum 15) £8.20| Group Child (Minimum 15) £4.10
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