Ripon Workhouse - Ripon, North Yorkshire

Ripon Workhouse in Yorkshire holds many secrets demonstrating what life was like for the poor, homeless and those in despair.  With many original areas still visible giving a real insight into what life was like for its inhabitants this is a real opportunity for you to get a glimpse of how their existence would have been as residents of this foreboding and desolate building. The fact that it is now a working museum does not detract from a visible reality of what life was like here.  

Even during the day there is an overwhelming sense of being watched by unseeing eyes. When walking through the female block many visitors say that the hairs stand up on the back of their necks whilst others have witnessed ghostly figures in the childrens school room during their investigation.  With so many areas to explore and so much history of how people were managed during such a difficult period of their lives this is an investigation not to be missed.   

Ripon Workhouse

Your Ghost Hunt at Ripon Workhouse

Ripon Workhouse is a forbidding location and many report feelings of being watched by despairing inmates. Many visitors have reported hearing unexplained bangs and knocks coming from inside an empty locked coffin, cell doors closing on their own and shadows have been seen walking around corridors and rooms when no one is around. 

During your ghost hunt you will be able to take part in many experiments to find out who or what haunts Ripon Workhouse. These experiments include watch and wait vigils using paranormal equipment such as K2 Meters, glass moving and table tipping. Do you have what it takes to spend time alone in one of the haunted cells?

Ghosts of Ripon Workhouse

Many different spirits have been reported at Ripon Workhouse.

The main sightings are of former residents of the workhouse, along with a gentleman who mainly presents himself in the Nurses Room, known as Stan. 

Poltergeist activity is rife in this dark and gloomy location. These entities like to make themselves know to visitors during the day and night, making guests feel as though they are being followed around the building. Dark mists and shadows are often seen and many people have refused to go into certain areas alone. 

History of Ripon Workhouse

Ripon Workhouse in Ripon, Allhallowgate is a Grade II listed, 18th Century workhouse. A poorhouse has stood on the site since 1776, but the original building was later replaced in 1854 to meet the standards of The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Now used as a museum to show how the inmates lived, worked and died, the workhouse has a dark and gloomy atmospheric feel. 

Ripon Workhouse, like all workhouses was a last resort for the homeless and destitute people, who could not find work to support themselves and their families. Many who entered the gates, knew that the only way they would be leaving the workhouse, was in a coffin. 

The building supported 33 inmates, including 11 men, 11 boys, 9 woman and 2 girls and those considered able-bodied spent eight hours each day breaking rocks to repairs roads. 

Your Event Includes

  • Includes teas and coffees
  • Use of ghost hunting equipment including EMF Meters, K2 Meters etc.
  • Experiments including glass divination and table tipping.
  • Workshop and separate vigils for returning guests.
  • Ghost hunting vigils and séances in small groups.

Address, Maps & Hotels

Address & Hotel Information

The Workhouse Museum Sharow View Allhallowgate Ripon HG4 1LE

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  • People with mobility issues or walking difficulties please call the office before booking

  • All attendees must be 18 years or older
  • All attendees must bring a torch
  • Wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing as the location may get cold at night

Ripon Workhouse - Dates

Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt, Ripon - Friday 16th September 2022 £49.00 Per Person

Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt

Friday 16th September 2022
Time: 8.30pm - 2.30am

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Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt

16 Sep
  • Friday 16th September 2022
  • Time: 8.30pm - 2.30am
  • Selling Fast, Don't Miss Out
  • £49.00 Per Person
Halloween Ghost Hunt at Ripon Workhouse, Ripon - Monday 31st October 2022 £55.00 Per Person

Halloween Ghost Hunt at Ripon Workhouse

Monday 31st October 2022
Time: 8.30pm - 12.30am

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Halloween Ghost Hunt at Ripon Workhouse

31 Oct
  • Monday 31st October 2022
  • Time: 8.30pm - 12.30am
  • Places Available
  • £55.00 Per Person
Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt, Ripon - Friday 2nd December 2022 £49.00 Per Person

Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt

Friday 2nd December 2022
Time: 8.30pm - 2.30am

Places Available

Ripon Workhouse Ghost Hunt

2 Dec
  • Friday 2nd December 2022
  • Time: 8.30pm - 2.30am
  • Places Available
  • £49.00 Per Person

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*Please note that full payment for your event will be due 4 weeks before the event. Minimal instalments of £30.00, payment must be made via your online account area.

Opening Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bank Holidays: Closed

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