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
16/09/2018

Historic visit


joanreed4, Ashington, United Kingdom
If you are interested in the history of mining, this is the place to visit. It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. I have visited here many times with different friends who have all enjoyed the experience. You need at least a couple of hours to wonder through all the various sites.
tripadvisor
16/09/2018

Nice place but not a lot there


kmyb607, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
It was near Xmas so was a few things on for kids. The train is not on in the winter months so my son was disappointed with this. There was an ice rink but my son wouldn't take part. You do have to pay extra for this
tripadvisor
16/09/2018

Day out at a local attraction


Dorothy B, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Wanted to see the Pitman Painters exhibition and this summer there were more paintings on loan from archives and private collections. A young man gave an introduction and information and it was really interesting. There is mining machinery and stories about the pit and surrounding areas. There is a cafe for drinks and snacks, a small railway for a train ride and a small park. Ideal for a family outing and there is an air of calmness about the place. Will be going back.
tripadvisor
07/09/2018

Interesting Museum


24annie57, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
My husband wanted to visit this museum after reading the Bill Bryson book. I reluctantly agreed and was expecting a full afternoon - how wrong I was. It was a fascinating few hours with a focus on personal stories of the miners. A great mix of visual and hands on displays. Good coffee in the cafe also
tripadvisor
02/09/2018

STEP BACK IN TIME AT WOODHORN MUSEUM


christine y,
Something for everyone here from exploring the mining history, viewing the Pitmen Painters' work, accessing the archives, and much more. The shop is packed with a range of lovely gift ideas where the staff are friendly and helpful. If you're in need of refreshments, the cafe is worth a visit too. Out of school term time it's best to check opening hours, etc. PS Youngsters will also love a ride on the Narrow Gauge Railway!
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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