Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0PT

Discover the most complete workhouse in existence. Meet the reverend becher, the founder of the workhouse in the introductory film and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere evoked by the audio guide, based on real archive records. 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 19th-century garden and find out what food the paupers would have eaten. Children can choose to complete a trail as they explore the workhouse and become a Victorian pauper by dressing up in one of our costumes.

Opening Times

  • Saturday 13 September: 1200-1700 (last entry 1600)


Wheelchair access to ground floor only. Virtual tour available for visitors unable to go upstairs.

Additional information

No stiletto heels. Children must be supervized at all toimes. No food or drink to be consumed inside the workhouse, but picnics welcome in the grounds.


One mile from Southwell town centre. Follow the brown signs from the town centre. Map link.



Organised by

National Trust

Date last modified: 17th July 2014 at 13:09

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