Find out about an industry and a way of life that has vanished forever Woodhorn Colliery and the people who worked it were typical of a way of life that has vanished forever. So what was coal mining really like? Explore Coal Town, an engaging and interactive permanent exhibition. Through the eyes of the Ashington community, you’ll discover the true story of coal mining in Northumberland.
You’ll set off in 1918… walking to work… at one in the morning… As the decades fly by, you’ll encounter some fascinating folk. They’ll take you into their homes… on picnics… marches…even on strike. You’ll cram into the ‘cage’ like a sardine, experience the joys of washday, learn to love leeks, discover the art of the ‘Proggy’, and the power of community values.
You’ll be amazed. You’ll be fascinated. You’ll be moved. Because this is one experience, you’ll never forget. Northumberland Annual Membership where children can visit for free. This experience is included at no additional cost as part of your Museums Northumberland Annual Membership where children can visit for free. The North of England Classic and Pre-War Automobiles (NECPWA) club will be back at Woodhorn with their amazing array of classic cars. Enjoy viewing the cars, taking your picture with them and meeting the owners! Woodhorn Museum is a host venue for the event, so if you’d like to find out more about exhibiting your car at the event please contact NECPWA directly via their website: http://necpwa.org/
This experience is included at no additional cost as part of your Museums Northumberland Annual Membership where children can visit for free. Membership is required for entry onto the museum site. Membership Prices for Woodhorn Museum: Adult: £7.00 (Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50). Concession (OAP and student) £6.00 Children 16 and under are admitted free at all Museums Northumberland venues. *Membership is valid for 12 months and includes unlimited return visits but please be aware that parking charges still apply on FREE community event days at Woodhorn Museum including Invasion Day and the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic.
All visitors to Woodhorn will find a visit rewarding with almost all of the buildings open to the public fully accessible: only one or two places in the old colliery buildings are a little more challenging.
Access Plans for each of our museums can be downloaded from this website (you can find them on the Accessibility page), but please contact us if there’s anything we can do to support your access requirements at Woodhorn Museum:
Tel: 01670 624455
Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit.
Please note that the Dark Side guided tours are only suitable for able bodied visitors.
Woodhorn is just off the A189 Coastal Route east of Ashington, Northumberland.
It’s only 25 minutes from Newcastle in the south and Alnwick in the north. It is also just off the C1 National and Coast & Castles cycle routes.
If you are planning to use a sat nav, take care! Woodhorn’s postcode will take you to the wrong location, so please watch out for the brown and white signs as you get close and then Woodhorn’s large, bright entrance banners.
Public transport: Use the following link to make your way to Ashington Bus Station: http://jplanner.travelinenortheast.info/
From here you can either take a 15 minute walk or take advantage of special taxi rates offered by Ashington Taxis on 01670 813315 or 01670 817382.
If you decide to walk, here are the directions: turn right out of the bus station, and right again at the roundabout along the A197.
Go straight over the mini roundabout, and after about 600 metres go through the white gates on the left-hand side. You’ll cross a freight railway line so please take care.
Bear right and follow the path through the QEII Country Park to the Woodhorn car park.
The nearest main line railway station is Morpeth and the nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport.
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Ticketing and entry prices for Coal Town
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Membership Prices for Woodhorn Museum:
Adult: £7.00 (Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50).
Concession (OAP and student) £6.00\r\nChildren 16 and under are admitted free at all Museums Northumberland venues.
*Membership is valid for 12 months and includes unlimited return visits but please be aware that parking charges still apply
Dates & times for Coal Town, Ashington
|Friday||15/03/2019||Tuesday||31/12/2019||10:00 - 15:00|
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