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Three Museums, one great day out - The three museums of Ripon follow a common theme of law and order and are based in the original workhouse, prison and courthouse buildings. These are all within walking distance around Ripon’s city centre.
The Ripon Workhouse Museum and Gardens are a truthfully recreated representation of life for the least fortunate of 19th century Ripon.
As well the displays in the museum, the Workhouse Kitchen Garden and the Master's Garden have also been carefully recreated to their original state and represent a rare example of a surviving workhouse garden.
In their time the gardens were tended by the inmates, and the produce used to feed them. The Workhouse Kitchen Gardens are now a key part of the museum and lovingly cared for by a team of volunteers, growing heritage varieties of produce which are supplied to local restaurants.
The workhouse museum shows the harsh life which was the only option for its unfortunate inhabitants, the cells in which they slept, the space in which they lived, and where they worked to earn their keep.
Regular living history events over the holiday periods let you try Victorian tasks like rag rugging and oakum picking with our costumed guides.
Prison and Police Museum
At the Ripon Prison & Police Museum, visitors can sit in a prison cell, hear the door slam shut and imagine the harsh conditions of Victorian prison regimes.
Try on prison and police uniforms, imagine the horror of being set in the pillory, strapped in a restraint chair or hung in chains.
You can experience hard labour by turning the crank, carrying out shot drill or climbing the treadmill.
Our displays and collections illustrate the history of Policing in Yorkshire. Secrets in Cellar is currently exhibiting at the Prison & Police Museum.
The Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830 and you can stand in the dock to hear your fate or sit at the magistrates’ bench to deliver the verdict. Our displays tell the story of the courthouse and the people who have passed through it. An immersive art installation, Stolen Things, is currently exhibiting at the Courthuse Museum until 31st May.
|2019 - Opening (10 Feb 2019 - 1 Dec 2019)|
|2014 - Opening (9 Apr 2019 - 1 Dec 2019)|
* Local school holidays all three museums are open 10am - 4pmDates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
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