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 an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions too. 

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.

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. 

Assistance dogs are welcome in all of Woodhorn's buildings, but family pets are only allowed in the grounds and in the historic buildings.  

Woodhorn is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm.  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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Ticketing and entry prices for Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult membership)
1
£7.00
annual pass

Woodhorn Museum is launching an exciting new membership scheme from 10th February 2018. 
Adults pay just £7 (£6.50 for multiple tickets purchased at the same time, £6 concessions) and have unlimited returns for 12 months and children go free! Parking is free too. 
Fantastic value for all year round visits.

(Admission will be free on Northumberland Miners' Picnic Day and Invasion Day but a parking charge will apply)

A Trust-wide pass is also available at £16 including 12 months unlimited admissions to Hexham Old Gaol, and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery. Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is also part of the Trust and has free admission. 


Find the full details on our website.http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/new-membership-scheme/

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tripadvisor
09/12/2018

A place of history


Thirskies,
Four of us all over 60 visited to see the pitman painters exhibition. For £6 we got parking and entry for a year. We can't complain Missed the pitman painters' talk but did enjoy the exhibition The museum is well worth a visit and highlights many as social issues relating to coal mining and the final strike. If you can remember it it brings it back. Will go back to ensure we get value for our annual fee
tripadvisor
19/11/2018

Special Halloween Event


victorian986, Gateshead, United Kingdom
I visited on Halloween recently as there were special events for children. There was a pumpkin trail, all children received something for counting them all, as well as spooky stories which were also really enjoyable for the adults as well as the children! There was also a bird of prey show. I have visited a few times before. Staff are always pleasant and the gift shop has some great unique items, for example I purchased a really unique poppy for remembrance which I have not seen anywhere else. There are also some really nice items made from coal available to purchase. The history of colliery life exhibition is always really interesting, especially the former banners and items from the miners strike in the 80s. Northumberland Archives is also based here which is really interesting. They have a really unique collection of old newspapers, news reels and even oral histories. You can certainly do hours of research here! Woodhorn is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, however open all other days I believe 10am-4pm. It is really interesting to visit the former colliery buildings. There is also a little train ride, sadly not included in your admission price and even 50p for dogs!..The good thing about the museum admission however is that your admission now allows you to visit all year. There is also a nice cafe area inside the museum and a play area outside for children.
tripadvisor
18/11/2018

Woodhorn


G8606MXtomh, Choppington, United Kingdom
Fantastic place very educational. We had a fantastic day looking at all the art work and especially north east mines exhibition.
tripadvisor
07/11/2018

Brilliant trip to the past


Excursion623739,
Superb exhibition of history of mining in the area, brought back many memories of the turbulent 80s and the end of deep mining in the area. Café was superb, tasty food good value, most parts of museum were good clearly labelled and well worth seeing
tripadvisor
28/10/2018

Disappointed


Lynnstoker, Blyth, United Kingdom
We visited here last year for the pumpkin trail, generously donation £10 for the trail for just 3 of us, and eating in the cafe plus did the train ride and parking, over all spending £35/£40 enjoyed it that much we decided to go back this year. however to be disappointed with asking for £6.50/£7 per adult just for entry!!! That like £13 before spending anything else. Then we’d still have to donate for the trail. Pay for train plus eat! We were told this would also be membership for the year and it was same price just for a day pass, however we know we’d never go back again until probably next years trail and more then likely have to renew are pass then. We decided it was too expensive for a 15 minuet pumpkin trail and eat else where, money that could have been spent within the museum.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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