Visit Ripon's marvellous museums
Ripon Museum Trust look after three brilliant museums in Ripon in North Yorkshire. All three tell the stories of law and order, and uncover the lives of some of the city's most desperate people in the 19th century and Victorian times. Discover what life was like in the workhouse, stand in the dock in the courthouse, and find out about the horrible conditions of a Victorian prison, at these award-winning museums...
The Courthouse remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1830. 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.
Prison and Police Museum
At the Prison and Police Museum, you can sit in a cell and discover the harsh conditions of Victorian prison! Try on prison and police uniforms, and imagine the horror of being strapped in a restraint chair or hung in chains. Experience hard labour by turning the crank, carrying out shot drill or climbing the treadmill.
Ripon Union Workhouse was a last resort for people. Walk in the steps of Victorian paupers and see displays about workhouse food, uniforms, and the hard labour they endured. Regular events in holiday periods let you try Victorian tasks like rag rugging with our costumed guides.
For more information...
All three museums are now closed to the public for the winter. They re-open on Saturday 11th February 2017. Start planning your visits now! And for more information about the museums and their exciting plan of events and activities for 2017, just visit the Ripon Museum Trust website.
Remember: YAC members can get free entry with their YAC Pass Card when they are accompanied by a paying adult at all three of the Ripon Museum Trust museums.
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