Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
At Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse you can enjoy a fascinating journey through the story of rural Norfolk.
With a thrilling woodland adventure playground, a historic workhouse, traditional farm, and many indoor displays, Gressenhall is the perfect setting for the perfect day out, whatever the weather!
When you visit the farm, you will see hens running loose in the farmyard, horses working in the fields, and there are piglets galore! And it's a real working farm where each season shows a different face of farm life.
Gressenhall offers a brilliant opportunity to see a lost rural Norfolk brought to life, from the farm labourer, to the lord of the manor. Explore acres of fields and woodland around the farm, step into atmospheric shops and homes from the past, walk through a loving recreation of a vegetable patch and cottage garden, or pay a nostalgic visit to a 1950s parlour, there is so much to discover.
Enter the world of the Victorian Workhouse, its people and their stories, and find out how families were split up, discover the drudgery of daily life, and the punishments endured for minor misdemeanours! Free audio guides and costumed reenactors bring to life this dark, forgotten history.
Browse around the Collections Gallery and discover a treasure trove of delightful household objects, fascinating tools and mind boggling paraphernalia from times gone by. There is plenty to keep the kids amused too, such as collecting animal stamps on the farm trail, and going river dipping for mini-beasts. Our fantastic woodland playground is a world of treehouses, walkways and adventure, unmissable! Gressenhall is great for kids every day but even better in the school holidays when there are FREE family activities.
There are acres and acres of idyllic countryside, with peaceful woodland to walk through and riversides to walk along. Take a cart ride across the fields, discover the country trails, enchanting gardens, and the historic orchard set in a timeless and unspoilt landscape.
For information on events, school programme, reminiscence days for older people, and family holiday activities, please call or visit the site.
Our friendly cafe serves delicious hot and cold snacks and meals. And if you've brought your own, you'll find several picnic areas. During school holidays and event days our local ice cream and sweet stall is open too.
Vegetarian dishes, fresh fruit, salad and gluten free cakes are available in our cafe.
There are accessible toilets in the cafe, workhouse building and on the farm. Baby changing facilities are available in the cafe and on both sides of the site.
Baby food is not on sale, but our staff are happy to warm milk in the microwave if you wish.
Gressenhall is in the centre of Norfolk, 3 miles northwest of Dereham on the B1146. It is 30 minutes drive from Norwich, Cromer and King's Lynn and 40 minutes from the heart of the Norfolk Broads. There are brown tourist signs to follow from the A47 or from Dereham town centre. Free parking on site. Public Transport: There is a bus stop right outside the museum. Phone 01362 851210 for times and route details for connections from Norwich and Dereham. Cycling: Norfolk is (fairly) flat and perfect for getting around by bike. There are lots of quiet lanes in the area around the museum. National Cycle Route 1 passes the museum about five miles away, while National Cycle Route 13 passes only half a mile away.
Potentially grim subject (the workhouse) but comes alive with exhibits and costumes kids can try on. Also kids can run free on farm and in museum. Fantastic playground and museum with exhibits they don't mind you touching or interacting with. Good value family ticket, 2 adults and all children 29.99 (in 2014). (Good for big families if "borrowing" children.) Excellent food in cafe, recommend. Martin "Chelsea" Hutchinson | May 2014
Telephone: 01362 869263
Concession (over 65, visitors with disabilities, unwaged or student) £9.50
Young person (4 to 18 years) £7.50
Family (1 adult and all children) £22
Family (2 adults and all children) £30
Free admission for Museums Pass holders, Friends of Gressenhall, and under 4s. Visitors with disabilities may bring one companion in free. Opening Times: 2015 Opening Details:
Sunday 8th March to Saturday 24th October:
10am to 5pm
Sunday 25th October to Sunday 1st November:
10am to 4pm
Monday 15th February to Friday 19th February 2016
10am to 4pm
The museum is closed at all other times except for school visits and special events.
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