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.

Between November and January, the buildings in the pit yard will not be opening on weekdays. During this time, we are offering Guided Walks around these buildings between 12pm and 3pm. The pit yard buildings will still be open at weekends.

For a Guided Walk, ask at the Welcome Desk in the Cutter BuildingBefore a visit, please check the website for opening dates as they may vary.

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 10am - 4pm (5pm April - September). Also open Monday & Tuesday during Northumberland school holidays.

From 1st September 2014, Northumberland Archives will be open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm and will be closed on Sundays. This is for a trial period of six months. Please check the website www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more details.

Please note that the museum and archives will be closed over the Christmas Period. (Close 4pm Sunday 21st December and reopen Friday 2nd January 2015.) During this period, Woodhorn Museum will open on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th December 2014.

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green tourism North East England Tourism Awards 2012

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Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 197 reviews

Awards

green tourism North East England Tourism Awards 2012

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.

Between November and January, the buildings in the pit yard will not be opening on weekdays. During this time, we are offering Guided Walks around these buildings between 12pm and 3pm. The pit yard buildings will still be open at weekends.

For a Guided Walk, ask at the Welcome Desk in the Cutter BuildingBefore a visit, please check the website for opening dates as they may vary.

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 10am - 4pm (5pm April - September). Also open Monday & Tuesday during Northumberland school holidays.

From 1st September 2014, Northumberland Archives will be open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm and will be closed on Sundays. This is for a trial period of six months. Please check the website www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more details.

Please note that the museum and archives will be closed over the Christmas Period. (Close 4pm Sunday 21st December and reopen Friday 2nd January 2015.) During this period, Woodhorn Museum will open on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th December 2014.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives features in the itinerary...
Lights, camera, action

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Ticketing and entry prices for Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

Type Entry for Guide price
Free 1
£0.00
per visit
  • Indoors at Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives Museums and galleries Attraction Indoors
  • Car parking available at Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives Museums and galleries Attraction Car parking available
  • Credit / debit cards accepted at Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives Museums and galleries Attraction Credit / debit cards accepted
  • Toilet Facilities at Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives Museums and galleries Attraction Toilet facilities
  • Hover your cursor over the symbol to see the facility name or view the key to facility symbols.

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Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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