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Address: Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk NR20 4DR

Generations of Norfolk children have visited and loved Gressenhall. Our working farm, historic workhouse and period displays are set in 50 beautiful acres of countryside. They offer the perfect setting for engaging and accessible school event days which bring the past to life for children of all ages.

Sandford Award for Heritage Education Winner 2017:
"Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum provides excellent teaching in a wonderful Heritage environment. With careful reference to all key stages of the National Curriculum, pupils learn about current issues while experiencing a step back into the history of Norfolk. Thoroughly recommended."

The essentials

  • Learning Outside the Classroom quality badge holder
  • Learning programme offer: Reception and key stage 1 | key stage 2 | secondary schools
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Maximum group size 130 pupils
  • Teacher-led visit: full day
  • Free entry for Norfolk schools for self-led visits
  • School day events £5 per child
  • Option of tailor-made visits

Museum overview

  • Impressive Victorian workhouse buildings
  • Working farm with rare breed animals and cart-rides
  • Extensive social history and rural life displays
  • Recreations of traditional shops and homes
  • Woodland and riverside walks, gardens
  • Large and well-designed woodland playground
  • Excellent visitor facilities including large cafe and shop with pocket money items
  • Watch short films on KS2 Victorian events and KS3 Geography Day


  • Large free car park including dedicated parking for coaches

Facilities for schools

  • Space to store bags and coats
  • Chapel for gatherings of up to 140
  • Education Room for groups of up to 40
  • Indoor and outdoor picnic areas
  • Your school may benefit from help with travel costs


Find more information about accessibility at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

  • Artsmark Partner
  • Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Sandford Award