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
22/06/2018

Recommended


VMcP123, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We mainly went to see the Pitmen Painters exhibition, but it turned out to be so much more than that. The Museum is easy to find and well laid out in lovely well-kept grounds. It was easy to find and easy to park (free parking), entry was £7 for an annual pass. I don't actually know a lot about local mining history or Northumbrian mining communities and I found it fascinating and also very moving. The information is really well-displayed and easy to follow, and they have some brilliant artefacts. They've used visual displays, info boards, video and audio really well. We didn't fancy the trip down the mineshaft, so went upstairs to see the paintings and the silk banners of all the mining communities. It was brilliant, and we also enjoyed the Narbi Price paintings in the gallery space next door too. There were guided tours, so if that's your cup of tea, check their website for times. We would've liked to do this but didn't look, and were about half an hour too late. We didn't stop at the cafe, but the little gift shop had some lovely local products for sale and we bought a couple of handmade gifts. They seem to have regular events on, so now that we have our annual passes, we'll be back!
tripadvisor
21/06/2018

A great day out


RolandRatty, York, United Kingdom
Spend a day here, our toddler loved the playground, we loved the museum, interesting information about the history of mining also seeing household items from the past. The Restaurant was good, very clean, good food, friendly staff. Value for money all round
tripadvisor
18/06/2018

Day out with Grandchildren


prowcc, Newcastle, United Kingdom
The boys love to come here, Captain Raggy Beard entertained them at pirate school the museum really tries to cater for families, lots of space plenty to see cafe has a selection of snacks and meals. I would like to see more hot food choices especially in the winter months. Overall a good day out.
tripadvisor
15/06/2018

Great museum with multimedia displays and lots of well presented facts.


HelenCopestake, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Well signposted and laid out museum, easy to find and easy to navigate around. Some outside exhibits but mostly in the large purpose built museum building which has well illustrated and video presentations of colliery life and recent history since it closed.
tripadvisor
28/05/2018

Fascinating place with something for everyone


DeesideDowser, Torphins, United Kingdom
A former colliery now visitor centre and museum. Really well laid out in a country park with a great cafe and plenty to do for kids of all ages. Much better than expected and a really worthwhile visit. Great experience.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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