Discover Ashington

With stunning woodland, a vast history, and a proud community, Ashington is a place with a heritage made for sharing. Its farmland and mining past contributes to its enjoyable and friendly atmosphere.

From farmland to colliery...

Ashington is one of the largest towns in Northumberland. It grew from farmland in the early 19th century, to a coal mining village when the colliery opened in 1867. The mines closed in 1988, but Ashington is proud of its history, which is remembered at the nearby museum.

Woodhorn museum on the outskirts of Ashington is filled with an abundance of memorabilia and trinkets from the mining village, allowing you to explore the history that this town is so proud of.

Immerse yourself in the colliery experience at the Ashington Colliery Heritage trail, created on the former colliery site which is now occupied by Wansbeck Business Park.

Tuesday is market day in Ashington, where you’ll find friendly traders selling a range of traditional products. 

Wildlife and nature is in abundance in and around this town. If you like walking and enjoying the landscape, visit Wansbeck Riverside Country Park or Queen Elizabeth II Country Park.
Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
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