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
07/08/2018

Mining past brought to life


Thirskies,
We really enjoyed our visit and hope to return Excellent welcome by staff on gate which ensured our visit started well Next to cafe and good value food made better by eating outside in sunshine. Don't think the sun always shines here. Started down stairs with the history of mining and found the miners strike details very sad. Things could and should have been better. Pitman painters very interesting and some good talent. A pity we no longer have institutions which can bring out hidden talents for people. Our ticket gives us admission for a year and hope to visit again if in area.
tripadvisor
07/08/2018

Total ripoff


Jem61147, Cramlington, United Kingdom
Went on train from lakeside to museum, 2 adults and 2 young children, £8.00. When we arrived at the museum site we were going to have a picnic but there were no picnic tables, no toilet facilities and not even anywhere to sit. It started raining so we decided to go to the cafe but were told we would have to pay £6.50 per head even if we just wanted the toilet. Thoroughly disgusted and won't be returning!
tripadvisor
06/08/2018

A window into the past


SteveBraysher, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Woodhorn colliery was close to Ashington, pretty much the capital of north east mining with its 5 pits. The museum has preserved many of the above ground buildings and the easily accessed displays give a real insight into what life was like for 10s of thousands of miners and their families. There is lots of information but it is in a manageable form. The Pitman Painters exhibition is really interesting and presents a very different view of life and expereineces of some of the miners. The 20 minute 'spotlight' talk is well worth listening to - very informative and every opportunity to ask questions - we were amazed that we were the only 2 taking advantage of it. There is plenty of parking and admission is now in the form of an annual ticket so if you live within striking distance it makes for exceptional value. The cafe does what most cafes do in such places, there is plenty of room for kids to run around , there is a small play area and easy access to the country park next door. Parking was easy and the staff very friendly and helpful. An excellent half day attraction and one we will return to
tripadvisor
26/07/2018

Rainy day activity


Ash6girl,
Wow !!! What a brilliant place to visit, an old mining site packed full of social history and a fantastic exhibition of ex miners paintings Had a fantastic day in a well set out museum building followed by lunch in the cafe and further exhibitions within the out buildings
tripadvisor
23/07/2018

Well worth seeing


David190343, Wetherby, United Kingdom
The Pitman Painters Exhibition galleries were the main attraction for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However, the museum is far more extensive with very atmospheric recreations of life in the mining community as it was in the early 1900s. Well worth a visit.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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