Gressenhall, Dereham NR20 4DR

Discover what it was like to live in Norfolk in times past at the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Located north west of Norwich, just off the A47, this hands on history experience offers a whole new insight into the past.

For the fields to the workhouses, Gressenhall immerses you in the history of Norfolk. The former working farm provides demonstrations of local farming techniques. The kitchen hosts events that show traditional cooking techniques, so you can see how people lived and ate, from crop to dinner table.

You will also be able to see the Suffolk Punch horses at work in the field. This rare and hardy breed is unique to the area and is a protected species, so being able to see them up close is a real treat.

Inside the workhouse, you will discover how industry changed the lives of Norfolk people. The building is the perfect backdrop to discover rare surviving relics from Gressenhall’s nationally important workhouse collections – the largest workhouse collection in the country.

Shown together, you can really see the comparison between what life was like pre- and post-industrial revolution.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse also includes the Museum of Norfolk Life, Village Row and Cherry Tree Cottage, a Library and an adventure playground. The venue also hosts a number of events all year round. These are focused on local history and ecology.

So whenever you visit Gressenhall, there is something new to experience. As one of Norfolk’s most popular museums, a visit to the reason is not complete without a trip to Gressennhall.

Gressenhall is open daily between March and October, with ample parking and facilities. The Mardlers’ Rest Café in the museum courtyard offers a selection of hot drinks and light meals.