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The Workhouse

Follow in the footsteps of the Victorian poor as they sought refuge at The Workhouse. This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the poor and needy. Its architecture, influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.

Immerse yourself in the building’s unique atmosphere and learn about the daily routine for those who lived and worked here in the 1840s.

Reflect on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

Make the most of your visit:

  • Explore the building with the free audio guide
  • Join us for one of our living history days or children’s events
  • Enjoy a cup of tea in the refreshment area
  • Wander in the recreated vegetable garden
  • Browse our range of goods in the shop or try seasonal produce from the vegetable barrow

The Workhouse is located on the A612 on outskirts of Southwell and has a free car park.

Click Here to download a local map Directions to The Workhouse

For more information please call 01636 817260 or