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fascinating visit you can almost feel the previous occupants

well worth 2-3 hours visit, large car park, pretty good small cafe. a revelation when you turn into... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mark b
An excellently preserved bit of history

Whether the reasons for the existence of this place are good or bad, moral or immoral ,justified or... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
dick h
Derby, 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.
The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
+44 1636 817260
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was disappointed in the lack of signage and what I did find was often repetitive. I was unaware there was a written guide book or an audio guide available as nothing was offered to me. Saw the introductory video and learnt little more after...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

well worth 2-3 hours visit, large car park, pretty good small cafe. a revelation when you turn into the car park and view this imposing building. well preserved throughout with knowledgeable staff. enjoyed this place hugely, the fact that it sits in typical British countryside...More

Thank mark b
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether the reasons for the existence of this place are good or bad, moral or immoral ,justified or not. This is maybe the example of how we tried to deal with poverty in this country, in our not too distant past. As a museum, it...More

Thank dick h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a National Trust member this is free admission. We were very lucky as we joined the tour guide who was very knowledgeable & gave good insights to the history. Following the tour we were allowed to enter the building walking through the...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Informative look around an old Victorian work house. Quite different from the usual country hall National Trust property! The cafe is small and only has basic sandwiches it does the tricks and has selection of homemade cakes.

Thank Jodie G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting to come away feeling like I could understand what life was like. I’ve read plenty before but thought this would bring it to life. Disappointing that it was just pretty much an empty space with no real representation of conditions. The rooms...More

1  Thank Judge866
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A magnificent glimpse into the past and how the poor were treated. An eye opener as to how the men, women and children were all separated and not allowed to mix with one another . Also a very sad place

Thank Megan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited as National Trust members on Monday afternoon and arrived at three pm. We had a coffee first (Very average) and asked about the time the shop closed. We were told it would be open until the Workhouse shut at 5. It shut at...More

Thank glok
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place to visit to learn about workhouses and the history behind them. Everything is well signed and there are interesting information boards in each of the rooms to help you find out more.

Thank pak94
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would highly recommend this as a few hours interesting informative trip for couples, individuals, families etc. Lovely friendly volunteers on hand to give all their advice and knowledge. Lived here all my life and finally made the trip and well worth it. Nice little tea...More

Thank Heather H
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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
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.