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Red House Museum and Gardens


Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU

Tel: 0845 603 5635

Red House Museum and Gardens


The original workhouse dates from 1745 which was a thatched barn standing on the site of our art gallery. The current museum was first built as a workhouse in 1764.

The workhouse would have housed the poor, although everyone who was able had to work to earn their keep. Up to 200 men, woman and children lived in these buildings at one time!

After the Poor Law Act in 1834, when the Christchurch & Bournemouth Poor Law Union was created, families entering the workhouse would have been separated. The workhouse would have provided health care and education for the children. In 1881 a new workhouse was completed on Fairmile Road, now Christchurch Hospital, and the Red House became the home for the Vicar of Christchurch, the Reverend Bush.



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  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)