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
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.
tripadvisor
21/11/2017

Friday Visit


Andrew B,
We called here on a Friday morning with no real idea of what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised the museum is located in a former coal mine and a number of the original buildings still exist and some of the original machinery is still in place. The museum itself is located in a modern building and shows the social history of the coal mining communities and the hard lives that they had to endure. It also had an exibition of paintings painted by a group of miners called the pitmen painters. The cost of admitance is £3.50 and includes parking well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
14/11/2017

Wonderful Woodhorn


Steve S, Elgin, United Kingdom
Fantastic attraction giving a marvellous insight to our coal mining industry through the decades. Well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
11/11/2017

Wonderful


mtweld, newcastle upon tyne
Great place for all ages. Always lots of new exhibitions to keep us coming back. Good fun taking the small railway journey down to the lake. Easy to spend a whole day there and next to the lake is a great place for a picnic
tripadvisor
06/11/2017

Fantastic museum


cathsilver, Fortrose, United Kingdom
Had a great day out here. The museum is free to enter, you pay to park your car but the money goes towards the museum which you don't mind paying! There are displays in outbuildings as well as a museum indoors. This is an old colliery and it was very interesting to read about mining in the area. They are currently having a trial period of allowing dogs into the grounds which was great for us! There are picnic tables, a wee play area and indoors there is a cafe and shop. I would recommend a visit here!
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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