Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Dispelling the myths, revealing the truths

Visitors to Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse can be sure for a fun filled day, with so much to see and do at this wonderful attraction in Norfolk.

Whilst here why not visit:-

The Museum of Norfolk Life:  Containing Vast collections relating to the ordinary people of Norfolk, particularly those who worked on the land.

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The Workhouse: Stand in the evocative workhouse settings, face to face with projections of staff and inmates, and listen to first hand stories, often tragic, sometimes inspirational, from the people who once walked these whitewashed corridors.

The Farm: Gressenhall’s farm was once used to grow produce for the inmates at the workhouse. Today we use the farm to demonstrate traditional farming techniques to visitors.

The Gardens: With its enchanting gardens and enthralling horticultural collections, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse is a beautiful venue for garden enthusiasts.

The Grounds:-  Acres of outdoors with adventure playground, woods, river valley, walking trails, traditional orchard and nature watch cameras

Let us help enhance your visit with one of our special activities for groups.

Welcome talk

A short introduction and welcome from a member of staff on your arrival. There’s lots to choose from at Gressenhall so a Welcome Talk helps you and your group decide how to plan your day as well as being a friendly start to your visit. 5 to 10 minutes, free

Garden tours

Join one of our volunteer gardeners and find out more about the history of the workhouse gardens and how they have been developed. Your guide will take you around the various gardens on site, revealing the hidden history of these spaces. 45 minutes to 1 hour, £2 per person

Behind the Scenes tour

Find out more about our fascinating collections. You will be guided through the museum stores with an opportunity to handle museum objects. Store tours can be focussed on areas of particular interest or specialist subject – please make sure to note this on your booking form. 45 minutes to 1 hour, £2 per person

Cart ride

Put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable tour around our traditionally run farm. Depending on availability, one of our Suffolk Punch horses or tractors will do all the hard work! We are also able to offer cart rides to visitors in wheelchairs or with mobility problems – please indicate this requirement when booking (15-20 passengers per trip). 15 minutes, free, dependant on weather.

Collections Centre tours
Take a tour around a host of fascinating objects including the tusk of the West Runton mammoth, a medieval chancel screen, and a 19th century mustard stamping machine from the Colman’s factory in Norwich. 45 minutes to 1 hour, £2 per person.

Workhouse trails

We can offer a tour of the outside of the Workhouse building where you can find out some fascinating information about the building before and during it’s time as a workhouse. 45 minutes to 1 hour, £2 per person


We need at least 2 weeks’ notice to arrange group activities, which are subject to availability and/or weather.

Opening Hours

Open for the 2018 season from Sunday 11 March until Sunday 28 October 10am-5pm, seven days a week.

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Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR, United Kingdom

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