Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DRLucy runs summer hols activity
+44 (0)1362 860563
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Norfolk’s wonderful museum of rural life and the Workhouse

This fifty-acre site with its magnificent Georgian workhouse invites you to explore two centuries of life on the land. There are recreations of shops and homes, extensive displays on farming and village life and the popular Collections Gallery – a real treasure trove. The workhouse has a fascinating story to tell that hits home for all ages. On the traditional working farm you can get up close to rare breed animals, take a cart ride and have a go at milking. There are lovely countryside walks and the large courtyard is perfect for picnics and watching the world go by.

Beautiful, eclectic and thought-provoking this museum is a great day out come rain or shine. with family activities each and every day of the Norfolk school holidays, workhouse trails, an orchard with over 30 varieties of English apples, major event days (including Village at War and Apple Day). Gressenhall also offers discounts for groups.

The museum also has a library with a large collections of photographs, printed ephemera and reference works open by appointment – call 01362 860 563 to arrange a visit

Recommended length of visit: Half to one day

Special events

No Events listed at present

Other good things to do near by

Gressenhall is ten minutes by car from North Elmham where you can visit the remains of a Norman chapel and castle, and find out about the earlier Saxon cathedral. Mid Norfolk Railway offers trips on heritage diesel trains between Dereham and Wymondham. Dereham Station itself is a fine and beautifully restored, mid-Victorian station. Thursday is market day in Dereham and St Nicholas’ Church, which is home to St Withburga’s Well, is worth a visit.

Travel and parking

Follow brown signs from Dereham and A47. Ample free parking on site.


Closed for the winter, reopens February

Special opening for Victorian Family Christmas on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December 2018, 10am-2.30pm.  Please note this is a pre-booked ticketed event.  Tickets are available from Art Tickets.

Half-term extended opening Monday 18 – Friday 22 February 2019, 10am-4pm.


Adults £11.50
Concession £11.00
Young People (4-18) £9.80
Family ticket: 1 adults + all children): £29.00
Family ticket: 2 adults + all children £38.50
Groups (12+) discounts offered
Free admission for Norfolk Museums Pass holders, Friends of Gressenhall and children under 4. Visitors with disabilities may bring one companion in free.

Facilities and access




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Other access information: Mobility vehicle available to allowing access to countryside areas of the site – call to book. Induction loops in key areas. Lift to first floor. Telephone for further details.