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.

New for Summer 2016 - New outdoor children's play area (check in advance for opening date.)

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

Full details of opening times on www.experiencewoodhorn.com

 


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tripadvisor
30/11/2016

Free Educational day out


philipa566, Ashington, United Kingdom
Had a great few hours at the museum the kids loved it and seeing how the pit / miner's used to work and being able to get up close to the actual machinery makes all the difference. Once we went into the modem part of the museum the kids wanted to see how people lived in the olden days lol their words not mine as I can still remember lots of things that are on the walk through display well worth it for a day out and it's FREE you only pay for the parking and their is a lovely walk around the QE2 park / Lake with a restaurant at the lakeside and a caffe in the museum you will not go hungry
tripadvisor
15/11/2016

One of the best museums I have visited


Wendy90, Collingham, Notts, UK
So impressed by this Museum - great design of new buildings and use of former colliery. Particularly enjoyed the Pitmen Painters Gallery and the Colliery banners.
tripadvisor
09/11/2016

Must see this museum!!!


L0vaz, Ashington, United Kingdom
History, says it all. Tells story of mining, educational visits for schools, great cafe and the railway!!! Poppy display was amazing!!! Gift shop great. Put on themes for children.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for your review. Yes the poppies were wonderful when they visited Woodhorn in 2015. Sadly no longer on display on site, but a wonderful, poignant visit.
tripadvisor
04/11/2016

MUST VISIT MUSEUM


RachelG333,
We were staying at Church Point Parkdean resort caravan park in Newbiggin on Sea and we drove past Woodhorn Museum on the way to Alnwick so we decided to visit on our last day before heading home thinking we would maybe be there about an hour. The only charge is £3.50 for all day parking and wow what a place it is to visit. The site was actually Woodhorn Colliery which you can walk around and you really do get a sense of what it must have been like working in the mine. The museum is set out like a tour taking you back in time to 1918 and bringing you forward to modern times. There is so much to look at and absorb that in the end we stayed 4 hours. Don't forget to take a ride on the steam train which takes you to QE11 Park where you will be amazed by the birds near the lake especially the swans! Keep a eye out for a train driver who used to work as a winder at the colliery.
tripadvisor
31/10/2016

Fantastic. Not to be missed.


Martin N, York, United Kingdom
This is a brilliant step back in time experence. Very informative,with very knowledgable staff.£3.50 for the car park,and free entery to the museum.
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