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 all year round from 10am - 4pm (April - September open until 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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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 starting with February half term. 

(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
23/02/2018

Worth a visit


NBYork, Whitby, United Kingdom
Staying in the area and arrived just after opening. Welcomed by a friendly chap at the entrance who explained the ticket costs and about the pirate show. Enjoyed looking at the art exhibition in one of the building before going to the museum. Very interesting and well worth going if you’re in the area. There’s a narrow gauge railway next door which is also worth taking a trip on
tripadvisor
18/02/2018

Good fun, lots to learn


candicerandall, Ashington, United Kingdom
We have been to woodhorn museum on multiple occasions, always had good family fun, thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for expressing your support and letting us know what you think. Hope to see you again soon.
tripadvisor
11/02/2018

Changes to entry


25sue2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
The Website is advertising a Pirate School free activity we turned up today with 4 adults, 4 children and as Grandparents this sounded good, however they have scrapped parking charges and you now to be a member £7 per adult for a year, This deal is ideal for families and people who visit regularly so I can understand the changes but we were not allowed in even for a one off visit, the coffee shop is now not accessible sadly as well so we had to go elsewhere,

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for taking time to share your experience with others, but my colleague did inform you of the new membership scheme and charges prior to your visit to the museum so I'm sorry if there was any confusion. As of 10th February, Woodhorn no long charges for parking, children 16 and under go free of charge, and adults pay just once for 12 months unlimited returns. (£7 adult, £6.50 if multiple adults purchase at the same time & £6 concessions). Operating year round and offering a great, varied programme of exhibitions, events and activities for the whole family, and with a large proportion of our visitors making repeat visits each year, it offers great value for money, especially when compared to one off admission charges for other North East attractions. We're sorry that you didn't feel our museum with its 3 new exhibitions, pirate school, kids craft activities, guided tours and trails wasn't of value but we do hope you reconsider next time.
tripadvisor
27/01/2018

woodhorn museum


m3lfm, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
nice place replica of old pit and old machinery nice day out free just pay few pound parking and you will like the cafe and shop

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for taking a moment to review your visit. We're pleased that you seemed to enjoy it. Although we do have displays in our main building recreating underground coal workings which just aren't possible to see in real life, our colliery buildings are all original. Woodhorn was a working coal mine on this very site for almost 90 years. The site is a scheduled ancient monument and the buildings largely listed. Hope to see you again soon.
tripadvisor
13/12/2017

Worth a visit.


boydy73, Darlington, United Kingdom
If my report had gone on our welcome it would have been no stars as three members of staff behind desk having conversation not on acknowledge us we went to cafe which is very clean but a little expensive staff not people friendly seems all staff need some training. Museum once we found the way in is very interesting and true to life. As December not many out buildings open. One let down no lift for the elderly.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for your review and the five stars. We’re sorry you did not receive as warm a welcome as you should have but we take on board your comments and we’ll see what we can do to fix things for next time. Our staff do normally receive very good feedback. Our listed colliery buildings aren’t all accessible to the general public unfortunately but we are looking to improve this in future. All of our buildings that are publically accessible would have been open for your visit and you can visit the upper level of the Winding House as part of the free Dig Deeper tour which is available daily at 11am & 2.30pm. One or two other buildings can only be accessed through privately booked Darkside Tours. Our main Cutter building doesn’t have a lift as you pointed out, but the levels are accessed by a long ramp which was designed to DDA requirements and allows us to display our stunning miners’ banners. If a little assistance would have been useful, Woodhorn does have several wheelchairs and a motorised scooter that can be borrowed. Please just mention this on arrival if you’d like to take advantage of this next time. Thank you again for your review.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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