Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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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
11/01/2017

Great park except for all the dog mess


Andre5000000,
The car park at the hotel side of the lake is ample. There is a train to take you to Woodhorn museum from there, if its not running then you can call them (telephone number on platform sign) for a lift in ~10 mins. The car park has a plethora of birds and lots of very tame swans who will enthusiastically check your pockets for bread if you walk among them and happily feed from your hand if you dare; A glove is recommended to avoid their rasping beaks. The only problem with the lake path walk is the massive amount of dog poo due to a small number of troublesome, sub-human, ape-like visitors. They have spoiled the paths on the lake edge close to the entrance adjacent to the housing estate where they breed/spawn. Fortunately these unpleasant animals and their dogs have trouble waddling more than a half mile or so, or perhaps this is the extent of their territory. Either way, the result is that most of the lake walk is free from their excrement and also their dogs poo, it provides a nice walk for families. If you intend to walk around the whole lake, beware the section next to Ashfield Mews next to the A197. You will need to take extra care about 400 yards from the park entrance where you will find the aforementioned estates inhabitants have deposited masses of faeces on all sides and even upon the path. It would be ideal if the park actually enforced their threats about dog rules but they do not, thus allowing a small minority to ruin the otherwise enjoyable lake perimeter walk. Try not to notice the dog mauled swans too; Another artefact of the park managements ineptitude in controlling nuisance dog owners.
tripadvisor
05/01/2017

Family day out


5eve0, Ashington, United Kingdom
Came here with my son and his family. £3.50 for parking but everything else was free. My grandchildren loved the outdoor play area ,there was also a ice rink in situ but that came at an extra cost. The coffee shop service was very slow and wasn't cheap.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: We're pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your recent visit, but sorry that the cafe was a bit on the slow side. Unfortunately there can be fluctuations due to visitors numbers and a host of other factors, but hopefully next time we'll be back up to speed for you.
tripadvisor
26/12/2016

A good piece of history.


neilnchalan, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Decided to try this as it was recommended to us as my husband used to be a miner himself so it brought back a lot of memories for him. It was a £3.50 charge to park but then you can wander round at your leisure and take as long as you want. The exhibition of the pit painters paintings is worth a look as it depicts the times and people of Ashington. Altogether an excellent day out but at the time we went there isn't much to do for very young children.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for a lovely review. We're sorry you didn't feel there was much to engage younger children during your visit. We always try to provide engaging crafty activities linked in some way to our events/exhibitions during the peak times at weekends and holidays, but at other times it is still possible for families with young children to enjoy the two handling trolleys (outside the galleries upstairs and in the cafe), to engage with the interactives in Coal Town (miners' banner design, pigeon racing game, listening post at the pigeon cree), and to spend time at the colouring table on the upper level. We also have an award-winning family museum trail and an art trail available at our main desk which are both really useful in helping visitors to really see what is around and engage with the the displays. Maybe these would be useful next time you come to see us - very soon we hope.
tripadvisor
22/12/2016

Excellent


UlverstonJanet, Ulverston, United Kingdom
We visited today and we had a wonderful time. The Frost of Forgetfulness event was very good it engaged all the visitors and they viewed the museum with enthusiasm. The museum is interesting and the facilities great. The cafe served tasty food and there is a god playground for the children.
tripadvisor
21/12/2016

Lots of information


Toni R, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
free parking, the train is payable £1.50 return which is a lovely ride, this musuem has so much information with lots of working material to see, there is also a park for children outside which is very nice with seating, inside there is a cafe, gift shop we enjoyed the mine demonstration the best the children took lots of new information home, We stayed for 5 hours you can take the train to the end of the track and get off where there is a pub that does lovely pub food the train stops at 4pm to get back to the museum, must see attraction you wont be left disappointed

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for the review. Sounds like you had a packed and entertaining day. For the benefit of others reading your lovely post, can I just point out that the free parking is at the north end of the country park and involves a ten minute walk to get to the museum, and that the train (run by volunteers) operates varied hours and potential visitors need to double check times on the Woodhorn Railway Facebook page. The last train can be around 2.30pm. Hope to see you again soon.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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