The grim atmosphere of the Workhouse Museum has been carefully maintained in order to give visitors a sense of what life in a Victorian Workhouse could have been.
Start your visit in the original Gatehouse building, which contains the Guardians' Room, Bathing Area, Vagrants' Cells and Receiving Ward for inmates.
Then take a look around the Main Block where you can see the Master's study and dining room, the pantry, classroom and inmates' dining hall. In the Workhouse Museum Garden, fruit and vegetables would have been tended by the inmates and been used to feed them and we use 1860s gardening techniques to cultivate heritage crops.
There is level access from the main entrance to:Main ticket deskVagrant's block toiletsMain block toiletWorkhouse Museum shopWorkhouse Kitchen GardenWorkhouse Museum site
There is level access from the car park to:Workhouse picnic area
Travel by public transport
Travel by taxi
Path to main entrance
Getting around inside
Vagrant's block lift
Ticket/ information desk
Main ticket desk
Things to See and Do
Stairs to the first floor are uneven. A handrail is provided.
Vagrant's block toilets
Main block toilet
Workhouse Museum shop
Getting around outside
There is some uneven ground on the museum site. The Kitchen Garden is on a slope, with upper and lower paths.
Workhouse picnic area
We have three picnic tables on a grassy area of the Workhouse Museum site. There is a low kerb around the grassy area.
Workhouse Museum site
There is some uneven ground on the Workhouse Museum site, including some pathways with kerbs. There is a dropped kerb on the main visitor route from the rear of Main Block giving access to the Kitchen Garden.