Three Museums, One great day out! Discover what life was like in the Victorian Workhouse, Prison and Police Museum and Liberty Courthouse. Find out why people ended up here and what happened to them…

Soak up the grim atmosphere of the Workhouse Museum which has been carefully maintained in order to give visitors a sense of what life in a Victorian Workhouse could have been.

Get locked up at the Prison and Police Museum. Sit in a prison cell, hear the door slam shut and imagine the harsh conditions of Victorian prison regimes. Try on prison uniforms, imagine the horror of being set in the pillory, strapped in a restraint chair or hung in chains. Turn the crank, carry out shot drill or work the treadmill.

Discover what being the Liberty of Ripon meant at the Georgian Courthouse Museum and learn about what happened in a courtroom in the 1800s. Experience standing in the dock and waiting for your sentence!

In order to provide our visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience, we are limiting the number of visitors who are able to access our museums at any one time and for this reason, all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Please do not visit it you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

All visitors must have pre-booked their tickets and should present their email ticket by phone or a printed copy at reception.

We have taken additional measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our staff, volunteers and visitors. These measures have been taken following Government guidance and following Public Health England recommendations. We have received our accreditation from VisitEngland which recognizes that we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing :

• Social distancing measures
• Intensive cleaning regime
• Protective screens and signage
• Picnic area
• Toilet facilities (NB: no toilet facilities at the Prison & Police or Courthouse Museums)

You can enjoy a cup of Rijo coffee in the Workhouse Museum and can bring along a picnic to enjoy in our grounds. Gift shops are available in the museums and we ask that visitors use contactless payments wherever possible.

You can book your timed tickets to our three museums online .

Please note that Annual Museum Pass tickets that were issued in 2020 have had a 3 month extension automatically added.