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
14/06/2017

Brilliant day out


Sophie B, Northumberland, United Kingdom
We visited the museum primarily for the Brick Dinos exhibition, but also had a great time walking around the museum itself. There was so much history, and we learnt a lot about the lives of miners. There was a craft activity put on for the kids for just a donation which was great, and they made a little dinosaur egg. There's also a mining themed play area which was brilliant for the kids. Overall, a great value day out (free, aside from a parking charge, and extra fee for brick dinos.)
tripadvisor
13/06/2017

Not long enough


EdwardoCalipso, Berkeley, Ca
I really have to say I was disappointed but only because we were allowed into the special exhibition and the film about Thatcher and the Miners strike then thrown out half way through the film because they were closing! Showed a complete lack of insight and an inability to understand how frustrating it is to see half a film. You should at least stop people going in if the performance is going to run into closing time. Utter incompetence, I wouldn't care but I could have at least spent the time more fruitfully wandering round the other exhibits I missed. I'm surprised there wasn't a riot.
tripadvisor
04/06/2017

Great for adults, not so much for the kids


Mcswaggerty, Mytchett, United Kingdom
A very informative museum, although not so much for the kids to enjoy aside for the play area, which to be fair did keep the little blighters amused for a good hour or so. The displays are very informative, but with little ones in tow there is not very much time to stop and read all the available information. Great for adults, or couples who have enough faith in their little ones to play alone whilst you enjoy the museum itself. Having said that, it is free and you only have to pay for parking (£3.50).
tripadvisor
04/06/2017

Great day out


Brenda H, Hawthorn,Co.Durham
We took 2 of our grandchildren to the museum (we had been before with them ) and again they thoroughly enjoyed it. We find we are able to tell them a little more of our earlier life as we are ourselves children of miners. The can appreciate how we grew up. A very well put together exhibition which is free other than donations. The particularly like the rat run (a lifelike passage as underground) and also the model of a miner naked!!!! Getting washed. Hilarious to them!! Also a little train journey if you wish. This exhibition is mainly inside so especially good on a cold wet day. Great day out
tripadvisor
04/06/2017

Brick Dinosaurs


narcol, Northumberland
Displays for the dinosaurs were well made, detailed and kept a two year old happy for twenty minutes or so. Unfortunately it was a small display, reflected in the price, and was over before it started. Shame as it had potential, maybe it was down to restrictions on space. But a larger display would have been a better day out. On a plus side the staff were helpful and welcoming.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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