Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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Overview

Discover Northumberland's history and proud mining heritage at Woodhorn - a museum and home to Northumberland Archives, near Ashington.

Woodhorn is based in original colliery buildings with a stunning new building, inspired by the monster coal cutting machines that were once used deep underground. Its entertaining and interactive displays paint a picture of life in this former mining community.

You can take an emotional journey through Coal Town and learn about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community.

You can also explore the colliery buildings, hum along to a brass band, see the colourful miners' banner and even design your own banner. There's a regular programme of touring exhibitions covering everything from fashion and tattoos to photography and mining art. 

Woodhorn is home to The Ashington Group Collection - a unique collection of paintings by the artists more affectionately known as the Pitmen Painters whose story has been celebrated in the award winning play of the same name by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall.

If you want more history you can visit the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn which house everything from old maps and photographs to church records. With 800 years of history, it's just the thing if you're researching that family tree.

Touch screens will show you how to get started if you want to delve into the past and Woodhorn's study centre welcomes visitors all year round - just bring some id with you.

The separate Workshop Galleries offers visitors some great, large scale exhibitions too.

Visitors can explore the grade 2 listed colliery buildings, enjoy lunch in the cafe or wander around the country park in which it is all located. Free admission. (Occasionally some big exhibitions have charges.) Parking charge applies.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn, but family pets are not allowed in the fenced museum area. It would be best to leave your dog at home if possible as Woodhorn's car park does not offer any shade.

Woodhorn is open Wednesday - Sunday all year round from 10am - 4pm (April - September close at 5pm). Also open Monday & Tuesday during Northumberland school holidays. The archive is open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm all year. 

Full details of opening times on www.experiencewoodhorn.com

 


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tripadvisor
14/03/2017

"Great place to visit"


neil s, London, United Kingdom
I came up from London to visit friends and stayed in the Premier Inn nearby. This wonderful Museum and a must for a family to visit, I really enjoyed my time here.
tripadvisor
14/03/2017

Definitely worth a visit


alinic558, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
As someone who comes from a mining family with many of my relatives, including my father, having worked at Woodhorn I was very keen to visit the museum and wasn't disappointed. You can almost hear the men and the coal carts as you walk amongst the various buildings. I found it extremely informative and very moving and I think it is an excellent tribute to the men who worked and died there. It also provides an insight into the lives of the mining community and the contributions made by the women who supported their men. There is lots to see and the museum often holds exhibitions within the buildings. The entry fee is very small for somewhere so rich in history and information. Well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
13/03/2017

Excellent day out


KAW998, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
We visited specifically for the David Watson exhibition- a brilliant Middlesbrough artist but found this to be an excellent day out. There is a very pleasant cafe and gift shop, a very well put together mining museum and above all the Pitmen Artists displayed brilliantly. If you love art and history visit this place. It's free and only a very modest parking charge.
tripadvisor
07/03/2017

Something for everyone


Kellpaul4, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
I am a regular visitor to Woodhorn museum and I love the place. There is visitor parking onsite, but we often park at the 'Lakeside' and enjoy a nice walk to the museum. The miniature train travels between the museum and the 'Lakesde' so this offers another option. The train journey is a must if you have children. The museum is very interesting with a lot of information and interesting exhibits, which can be enjoyed by all ages. There is a gallery exhibiting the artwork of the Pitmen painters. The archives are housed here, so if you are wanting to delve into some history/family history, this is the place to go. There is a small play park to keep the children happy. The cafe sells various drinks and food. The various events throughout the year make it enjoyable. Currently a Lego brick dinosaur exhibition, ( worth checking on the website for current information.) There is often children's craft activities in the school holidays, which are free or for a small charge. There is a charge for the car park, but entrance to the museum is free. Some events are free (such as the alien invasion). The special 'one off' displays/exhibitions usually charge an admission fee. All in all, a good day out without costing a fortune.
tripadvisor
04/03/2017

GREAT DAY OUT


estherwhippet, Cardiff, United Kingdom
This museum is first class. A credit to the mining community. Wonderful displays, interactive items. A "mine" of information and history of our once important industry. Very helpful and pleasant staff--nothing too much trouble. Excellent food in the cafe at a reasonable price. Don't miss this attraction if you are in the area. What a bargain--free entry and only £3.50 car park fee.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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