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
14/10/2018

Something for everyone


KEJ1964, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
An excellent display of the history of mining plus a selection of paintings by the pit men painters set in a country park containing some of the old colliery buildings. There’s a decent cafe and an excellent gift shop. I took my elderly mother but would be equally suitable for children
tripadvisor
03/10/2018

interesting


Tim H, Northampton, England, United Kingdom
free parking and reasonable admission charges,we thought the signage was excellent and the museum fascinating. A good morning out and walks free as well on the reclaimed land surrounding the site.
tripadvisor
02/10/2018

Mining heritage


TenMileBank, Downham Market, United Kingdom
Visited on a sunny Saturday in September. No charge for parking and a reasonable entrance fee. One of only a few mining museums in the UK. Some excellent exhibits, especially the works of the Pitman Painters. Unfortunately, the pit buildings have been cleaned up too much giving a somewhat sterile appearance which detracts from the industrial heritage aspect of the museum. Probably trying too hard to reflect the impressive architectural impact of the visitors' centre. Despite this it is definitely worth a visit just for the headstocks.
tripadvisor
02/10/2018

Pure history


Mrs P,
Absolutely love coming here every year, always see and find something new. Really enjoy the history of the mine and learning about the people who worked, lived, and died for the mine.
tripadvisor
26/09/2018

Very good but now very expensive especially for day trippers.


OldBill2, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
A couple of weeks ago we took my cousin to Woodhorn Museum whilst she was in the north east. Her dad had been a Bevan Boy at Woodhorn and she was really looking forward to visiting the museum especially as I had been banging on about it being a 'must see'. On approaching the site I was aware that there was no one in the booth to take my car parking charge of £3.50 as per our previous visits. After parking my car we walking to the entrance where a new booth now stands and were told by a polite young man that the entrance fee was now £7.00 per person which came as a bit of a shock to the system ! We were very lucky as it was 'Heritage Day' and there was no charge but I must say that although I understand the £7.00 admittance fee is valid for a year I feel that it will be the death of this place which would be a great shame. How the people responsible for the increasing the fee can justify such a rise beats me but it sure will knock a big hole is any tourists pocket and, after all, they may only wish to make one visit anyway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum and it was wonderful for my cousin to stand, where her dad had stood as a young boy, all those years ago. I've got to say that I do not think that we will be returning as long as the entrance fee remains as it is - whether you do is, of course, a matter for yourself. If you don't it will be a shame as you will miss a great attraction but I, for one would fully understand. The following may assist anyone contemplating visiting the museum. Best of luck ! Opening Times: Monday & Tuesday: Closed Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm Ticket Prices: 12 months of unlimited free returns Adult – £7.00 Child (16 and under) – FREE Multiple Adults purchased at the same time – £6.50 Concession (OAP and student) – £6.00 All Sites pass per adult – £16.00 Prices and opening hours correct as at September 2018.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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