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So interesting - social history at its best

A rabbit warren of rooms - you have to imagine what happened within these walls. Perhaps more... read more

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Heather M
The Workhouse

Well worth a visit. You get a interesting and informative booklet to guide you around the house... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A place of despair or a beacon of hope? Visit and decide for yourself.
The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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Reviewed yesterday

A rabbit warren of rooms - you have to imagine what happened within these walls. Perhaps more displays could have been put in the rooms, but still worth visiting

Thank Heather M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. You get a interesting and informative booklet to guide you around the house. Certainly left me feeling grateful for what I have today. Just one thing that made me a little angry...... All the Apple's that are left to rot in...More

Thank MarkH9102
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a really interesting NT property. Not the usual residence of some wealthy individual. Quite thought provoking given it was still in use in the 1970s.

Thank Brentknolltraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth a visit, it really takes you back in time, to the workhouse times. How lucky everyone is today. There is a guided tour at 11 but we arrived after this, we were given a booklet to read as we went round, which helped,...More

Thank Jill S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made to feel very welcome by the volunteers the tour my our guide Norman was great and brought the workhouse to life. The inside of the house was depressing and enlightening at the same time , we both enjoyed the day and it is well...More

Thank JOHN R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A trip back to when poverty was considered a crime, and debt could be punished by imprisonment. However, this must have been a powerful deterrent to the workshy.

Thank Graham T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit as it is one of the last surviving examples of a Victorian workhouse. There are a limited number of guided tours of the exterior of the building in the hour before the main house opens at 12 noon. Our guide was...More

Thank Maccaman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I decided to take a visit out to the Work House as I had visited the one in Ripon a few months back and really enjoyed it. I called in advance and I was informed that they do a 11.00 tour before it opens at...More

Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good day out in southwell and the workhouse staff did a little tour before12 oclock which was intresting telling us what things were about.i only gave 4 because i felt there could have been more things to tell how people lived in there.visual things personal...More

Thank robert g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted to visit this National Trust building since seeing it on television with Alan Titchmark. What a good job the National Trust has done in restoring this building. A sad reminder of past times. Good, knowledgeable guides, with excellent booklet to take round with...More

Thank Joyce W
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Janice B
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Response from connierolls | Reviewed this property |
The Workhouse is open most days but closes early if it is dull and dark as it does not use lights in the rooms but depends only on natural day light
2 June 2016|
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Response from Mini-cooperSdriver | Reviewed this property |
£8/£8.80(gift aid) for adults £4 child , £20 family. Well worth joining National Trust and then you can easily get great value for money at loads of great places.