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Southwell Workhouse

About this property

Explore the most complete workhouse in existence and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere as the audio guide (based on archive records) brings the 19th-century inhabitants back to life. Find out about poverty through the years with the help of the interactive displays, meet the Reverend Becher, the founder of The Workhouse, in the introductory film. Discover the segregated work yards, day rooms, dormitories, master's quarters and cellars, then visit the recreated working 19th-century garden. 

Family visits

Discover more about the history of the building through the audio tour (suitable for age 7 and above) or try out one of our themed trails specially for younger visitors. You can also try on costumes - from clogs and waistcoats to bonnets and aprons. Family fun days with hands-on opportunities for trying out Victorian arts and craft activities and family toe- dipper tours are available during the school holidays.

For further information please see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/theworkhouse

Southwell Workhouse
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A family day out

Discover the most complete workhouse in existence. Meet the Reverend Becher, the founder of The Workhouse, by watching the introductory film and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere evoked by the audio guide.

Based on real archive records, the guide helps bring the 19th-century inhabitants back to life. Discover how society dealt with poverty through the centuries. Explore the segregated work yards, day rooms, dormitories, master's quarters and cellars, then see the recreated working 19th-century garden and find out what food the paupers would have eaten

Don't miss
  • A thought-provoking look at hidden histories of the poor.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with one of our volunteers.
  • Enjoy the drama of our Living History events.
    Making the most of your day Programme of family activities, special events, tours and exhibitions. Children's trails and games to play


    Get in touch
    01636 817260
    Fax: 01636 817251
    Email: theworkhouse@nationaltrust.org.uk

     



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