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Museum, free entry

Ghosts of the Workhouse

Ghosts of the Workhouse

Characters from the film 'Ghosts of the Workhouse/ Ysbridion y Wyrcws'


The Workhouse History Centre, created with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a new attraction that It tells the story of the Workhouse and the Poor Law as they affected adults and children through varied bilingual displays and through a 30-minute film, in English or Welsh: the ghost of the first Master leads the visitor through the building and introduces other ghosts: adults and children. Self-guided tour around the four courtyards and part of the interior. Bilingual Family Trail. Bookshop. Visitors can pick oakum, try on costumes or practise writing on a slate. This is the only workhouse museum in Wales or the west of Britain.

The Llanfyllin Workhouse is owned by a charitable trust and is being developed as a community enterprise. It includes bunkhouse accommodation, a gallery, gardens and an event venue for corporate and music events, weddings, parties and courses.

Our 6-acre site is being developed to benefit wildlife whilst remaining available for outdoor events including the Workhouse Party in July, family wildlife activities in August and monthly horse shows in the summer.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open daily from 10am to 5pm (4pm in winter).


Free entry

A donation is appreciated if you enjoy your visit. There is free access to the rest of the site unless a special event is taking place.



01691 649062


Y Dolydd,
SY22 5LD



Plan route to Workhouse History Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 152184  Lat: 52.75741 Long: -3.25713

Take the A490 north from Welshpool, turn right at the junction with the A495 and then left back onto the A490. The Workhouse will be on your right as you approach Llanfyllin.

Accessible by Public Transport: 11 miles from Welshpool station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed