Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse
Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse.
Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR.
Tel: 01362 869263 (24 hour pre-recorded information line), or
01362 860563 (manned during weekday office hours).
Situated just outside Dereham, and about 20-30 minutes drive from Norwich, in the centre of Norfolk, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse is a fantastic day out for all the family.
A former Workhouse for the poor, Gressenhall is set within beautiful and extensive grounds, which include a working farm, a Centenary Wood and an Orchard.
The main Workhouse building houses collections relating to the ‘ordinary people of Norfolk’, particularly those who worked on the land. A fabulous display of local social history, displays include the 1950s room, the Costume Gallery and the Engine Rooms. There is much to get children interested and inspired, including several puzzles and hands-on activities throughout.
The surrounding buildings, which include a shop, a school and homes have been authentically fitted out to reflect days gone by. The traditional cottage garden is beautiful and certainly one of our favourites.
A favourite with the children though, has to be the impressive outdoor adventure play area. Only added in the last few years, it boasts slides, swinging things and climbing opportunities-a-plenty. There is even a separate area for the under-5s. On nice days, this alone is enough to occupy energetic youngsters, while the adjacent grass and benches are perfect for a spot of picnic lunch.
Also perfect for the younger visitor, though lovely for all ages, is the River Walk. Pick up a stamp-card at the ticket desk and collect the stamps as you walk round to get a Gressenhall badge at the end.
Throw in a ride in the tractor-trailer, farm animals (with babies depending on the time of year!), Nature Watch cameras and plenty of space and places to explore, and you’ll discover that Gressenhall really is one full and fun day out.
Finally, take a load off with a scone and a cup of tea in the café before heading home.
A beautiful, fun and very interesting day out that you’ll want to repeat (we end up visiting several times a year!).
View the complete 2012 Gressenhall Guide.
Ticket Information (NOTE: A Museum Pass is by far the most cost-effective way to visit Norwich and Norfolk’s museums, particularly if you are a resident and can use throughout the year).
Concession or adult in a family group*: £8.10 ?Young Person (4-16): £6.10
Special offer for 2012: Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £28.40
Museums Pass holders, Friends of Gressenhall and under 4s free. Discounts for groups.
*Disabled visitors, over 60s and students. A family group must include at least one paying child.
Visitors with disabilities may bring one companion in free.
Sunday 11 March – Saturday 27 October 2012 10am to 5pm
Sunday 28 October – Sunday 4 November 2012 10am to 4pm
Monday 18 February – Friday 22 February 2013 10am to 4pm
The museum is closed at all other times except for school visits and special events.