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The Workhouse, Southwell

The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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So Interesting & Gets The Cogs in Your Brain Working.

What a superb experience from start to finish, you drive into the grounds & there is plenty of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Adam M
via mobile
Very educational

Good place to visit with children to show them how things were. Very educational and the staff and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
larfozash
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Calverton, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio guide” (147 reviews)
“national trust” (142 reviews)
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The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
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+44 1636 817260
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a superb experience from start to finish, you drive into the grounds & there is plenty of parking ( bonus ) The exhibition shop is the first thing you go into, the staff were right on point, especially Ginny, who helped us to make...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good place to visit with children to show them how things were. Very educational and the staff and volunteers take their roles very seriously. They really enter into the spirit of the place! The tea room is very nice too and well worth a visit.

Thank larfozash
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Owned by the National Trust this is a ' must see' building. It is the basis for all the workhouses built in the 19th century and is manned by volunteers in costume and 'in character', including a very imposing Master. Plenty for the children to...More

Thank David L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

staff at the facility were very informative and kept us interested in the tour, which was an insight to how destitute people of the 19th century could gain help and assistance from the local parish.

Thank Brian J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there for about 3 hours (including a quick coffee break),, you absolutely must go on the tour around the outside first. The lady/volunteer taking us around was so knowledgable and made it all the more interesting with her little jokes. The workhouse doesn't...More

Thank Denise H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very well preserved building. Sadly stripped of most original furniture but this does not detract from the overall experience. Nice cafe also with s decent selection of teas/coffees cakes etc. Very little for kids to do so don't expect play areas as they don't have...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was great to visit somewhere which showed the workhouse in a more favourable light as opposed to the days of Oliver Twist. Although it was a hard life the emphasis was on the charity side and stressed that it was a 'last resort' for...More

Thank Julie A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited today after being recommended by a friend, all the staff were very good, with the usual local stories and information. It is a surprisingly small building but we still spent about 2.5 hours there and then headed into the town for lunch which...More

Thank mrselphillips
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very enjoyable visit, the site is well presented with lots of varied information. The guide book and information boards were interesting, easy to follow and encouraged us to explore. Volunteers were knowledgable and welcoming, in particular, the actors representing the Master and Matron really...More

Thank sarahecopeland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We all had a fantastic day here helped by the glorious weather , the building Is so will kept and the staff and volunteers are fantastic we had a tour by Louise and she was very knowledgeable we really enjoyed hearing all the information she...More

Thank pandanottingham1981
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Janice B
21 February 2017|
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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
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Janet B
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.
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