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
09/02/2017

Well presented and accessible


PeterN.E.England, N. E. England
We've passed this place many times and on this occasion had time to visit. The interactive display was very good and gave a vivid impression of mining life and work. The Pitman Painters exhibition also caught our eye. The museum is a great example of what can be done.
tripadvisor
02/02/2017

very quiet in the Winter


micannemac, newcastle
As we live locally and it was a fine day we decided my Wife and I to have a walk to the Woodhorn Museum, on arriving we noticed the car park was empty could have been because there was a charge of £3-50 to park bit expensive we thought. The Museum itself is excellent with lots of local history. After our tour we stopped and had a coffee in the restaurant which was also empty though it was spotlessly clean. When we left we made a small donation, I do hope people remember this fine museum and continue to support it it would be a shame if it ever closed down for lack of support. micannemac

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for taking time to review your recent visit and of course for leaving a donation. Donations, car parking fees, cafe and shop income all help to keep Woodhorn afloat. For the £3.50 all day parking charge, a whole family can have access to our historic site, temporary and permanent exhibitions including the famous Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters) Collection, family craft activities, children's play area and 75% of visitors spend more than 2 hours at the museum which doesn't seem to be bad value. During January the museum can be a little quiet but things change during the year depending upon our events, exhibitions and school holidays. We'd love to see you again soon.
tripadvisor
31/01/2017

Better than New York


WoodhornLover123, Ashington, United Kingdom
I have paid frequent visits to both New York and the mighty Woodhorn Museum and I have to say that I was much more interested in the mental exhibits at Woodhorn than some big green lady statue in New York. Truly the best Museum on the planet Earth.
tripadvisor
21/01/2017

Visit to see history and red squirrels


Ben C,
What a lovely museum which talks about the history of the local mining community! The staff were friendly and welcoming! We went for a walk in the surrounding area to try and find red squirrels but sadly we could find any that day!
tripadvisor
17/01/2017

Weekly visit


si1975,
Love this place friendly staff always there to help if you need it my kids love looking around one is 8yrs and the other 3yrs loads for them to do and they love the outside space the only negative thing is the loos always been a bit on the dirty side when we have been

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for your review. Great to hear you are such a fan. I'm concerned to hear that you think our loos aren't up to scratch and will certainly pass this on to the team, but if you notice this in future, please, please bring this to our attention at the time. We can't fix something if we don't know something is wrong! We want every visitor to have a fantastic visit every time. See you again soon.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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