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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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Interesting and engaging

This is a very different visit to the usual grand house and a tearoom (although don't worry you can... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lucy B
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Brilliant experience if very sad.

We visited this place twice in about three weeks as the first time we were trying to pack too much... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Judy M
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Ashover, 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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“national trust” (127 reviews)
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The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very different visit to the usual grand house and a tearoom (although don't worry you can still get a cream tea at the end). The not too distant history of the Workhouse is fascinating and thought-provoking final word wondering if we treat...More

Thank Lucy B
Reviewed yesterday

We visited this place twice in about three weeks as the first time we were trying to pack too much into one day in the area. The time we spent there the first time was not adequate to give a full idea of the place...More

Thank Judy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for the afternoon, we did enjoy it but I think I was expecting more. A little more about the daily grind, the harsh environment and cruelty they went through, instead it was viewed through rose tinted glasses. But overall we enjoyed it, and...More

Thank bellyngton
Reviewed 1 week ago

National Trust. Not the usual type of Trust property. Very good audio guide that brings the place alive. The day i visited it was an open day. Worth a visit.

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had wanted to visit The Workhouse for some time, and I was not disappointed. The layout and ambience of the workhouse leave one in no doubt about the conditions which the inmates suffered, in many cases through no fault of their own, An audio...More

Thank Clive M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't think I have ever learnt so much in such a short time as I did at this very different National Trust property. Still in use for looking after people well into the 20th century and even post-war, this workhouse was a world-leading facility...More

Thank 405markw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Southwell on our way back from a mini break in Derbyshire. We only found out about its existence after a visit to Hardwick Hall. Coming towards The workhouse from Derbyshire - Mansfield area and then Normanton - there were no signs at all !...More

Thank Terry C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a good time at this interesting piece of our social history, there were a number of good activities for children - two trails to follow and practical hands on activities however the main Workhouse is accessed with an audio trail - which ours...More

Thank TheFrugalFamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Received a great welcome at the visor entrance/shop, enjoyed a brief circuit of the gardens, ate sandwiches in the rather basic/limited café, watched the video which provided a basic background to how disadvantaged people were treated, and then enjoyed a tour of the buildings with...More

Thank Gus-Glasgow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Workhouse with friends. It certainly opens your eyes to how poor down and out people had to live. They were given this lifeline which was temporary until they could move on. Some did pass here as there is a part for the infirm....More

Thank 406brownb
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Janice B
21 February 2017|
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Response from jeanann1485 | Reviewed this property |
Only just received your question.,so probably no help to you now. The Workhouse is open 12.00 to 5.00.
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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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