Courthouse Museum

Minster Road, Ripon HG4 1QS
Minster Road Ripon England HG4 GB

Walk around this elegant Georgian building that was once the Magistrate’s Court and learn what happened in a courtyard in the 1800s. Be amazed as you learn about men and women who were fined and sentenced to hard labour.

Be brave and stand in the box in the Court Room where you’ll get a real feeling of what it would have been like back then when people waited for their sentences. It must have been a very scary and nerve-wracking experience indeed. You could even try and defend yourself, but if you lose the case, don’t worry, you won’t be transported to Australia!

Enjoy walking around the Jury Room full of guides and manuals, then head to the Justices’ Retiring Room that has many portraits of magistrates.

You can also watch an audio visual presentation and learn about some real cases. It runs for approximately ten minutes.

The museum is quite small so it is best to buy a combined ticket which allows you to visit three museums. It is better value for money. The other two museums you can visit are: the Workhouse Museum & Garden and the Prison & Police Museum.

Opening times: 1pm – 4pm

Adult (16+) £4.50*
Concession (60+/Students) £4.00*
Child (6-15yrs) £3.75*
Child (5yrs and under) FREE