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The Workhouse, Southwell

Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. NG25 0PT • (01636) 817260
The Workhouse, Southwell
The Workhouse, Southwell

Walking up the paupers' path towards The Workhouse it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here. This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute.

Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country. This rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women and children.

The stories of those who lived and worked here in the 1840s help bring the building to life and prompt reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

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Light Refreshments Available.

No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.

Opening Times:

Mid February to October: 12noon-5pm Wednesday to Sunday (daily in August - please check the website for any late changes).
Adult £13.20, Child £6.60, Senior £13.20, Family £33.80.


Advance booking is not required.


Located north east of Nottingham on the outskirts of Southwell.

Getting There:

Bus Bus service 100 operates from Nottingham King Street to Southwell. Alight at Chimes Meadow which is a short walk away.


Free onsite parking available.

History of the Workhouse at Southwell.

The Workhouse, Southwell, Upton Road, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. NG25 0PT • (01636) 817260
Attraction Operator: National Trust

Last Updated Tuesday 7 June 2022

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