NORFOLK Museums Service
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Now open for 2017 season!

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Explore the fascinating new displays and discover the Voices from the Workhouse. Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and find out about the impact of this intriguing institution.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a truly unique museum. Visit its 50-acre site and discover the:

    • Historic workhouse building featuring new exhibition galleries exploring ‘Voices from the Workhouse’

    • Museum of life on the land

    • Traditional farm with rare breed animals

    • Beautiful, unspoilt grounds and exciting adventure playground

The museum is a great day out whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a good time with your friends and family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.

Use the navigation links to plan your visit, find out more about the museum and for details of events and exhibitions.
View the site map

Please note: The Collections Gallery is currently closed to the public, as part of the “Voices from the Workhouse” project. The Collections Gallery will reopen in 2017. This means our collections team will be concentrating on the Collections Gallery re-display and will not be available for any enquiries until 31 July 2017.

Join the new Workhouse community choir!

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Would you like to join our new Workhouse Community Choir and sing in the World Premiere performance of ‘Together To The Workhouse Door’?

A new commission of songs written by composer James Redwood and poet Lucy Sheerman from Writers' Centre Norwich will draw from inspiration of our nationally important archives and collections at Gressenhall.
The main rehearsals will be on 6 and 7 June, with an outdoor evening performance on 7 June and two daytime performances on 8 June at Gressenhall Workhouse.
There are also opportunities to take part in workshops to write the lyrics and music.
If you would like any further information or to sign up, please email

What’s on at Gressenhall

2017 is filled with events and activities, from the much-loved Spring Fair, to the ever popular Apple Day. The museum’s ‘Days with a Difference’, ensure there’s something for everyone. With activities each and every day of the school holidays, there’s always lots to keep the whole family entertained throughout the whole year.

It’s cheaper to book online with art tickets

Mother's Day

Sunday 26 March 2017 10am - 5pm

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Visit Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and celebrate Mother’s day with flowers, crafts…and a free cream tea for all mums!

The spring flowers are coming into bloom so spend some precious time together exploring our 50 acre site. Discover the Victorian “language of flowers”, learn about the fascinating floral objects in our collections and have a go at making your own paper tissue flowers - each with its own unique meaning. Get creative and make your mum a special brooch in Art Attack! There is also a chance to look behind the scenes at the Norfolk Collections Centre and have a go a designing and making your own printed Mother’s Day card.

Don’t forget in the Mardlers’ Rest Café, a treat awaits with a free cream tea for all mothers. Spoil mum on her special day and have a great day out with all the family!


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