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 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
21/04/2017

Great attraction with local history.


hgibson2015, Ashington, United Kingdom
Adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Park, this museum is easily accessible to cars, walkers or cyclists. There is a charge for the on site parking but only a 10 minute away, there is free parking at Woodhorn Grange. A narrow gauge railway takes visitors between Woodhorn Grange and the museum for a small charge. The museum is dedicated to the mining industry, that made Ashington the prosperous town it once was. Many of the out buildings are open to view and demonstrations show the workings within the winding house. Regular exhibitions and events are held throughout the year. There is a shop selling local produce and cafe on site. Well worth a wonder around.
tripadvisor
21/04/2017

Worth a visit


David S, Exeter, United Kingdom
The museum is very interesting especially for families with older children, although there is a very good play area for smaller children, but a half day is sufficient to see everything. Having lived through the era of the miner's strike I found the Orgreave display fascinating but also very sad. Would have preferred real news footage rather than re-enactment video. The Lego exhibition was very clever but a bit overpriced (about £15 for family of 4) as we only stayed only about 15 minutes and it was done! The cafe is very nice but £9 for four hot drinks was also pricey. My tip is take a picnic as there are plenty of picnic benches and a small indoor eating area.
tripadvisor
20/04/2017

Historically educational


Simon P, Blyth
Woodhorn offers a great amount of information to give an insight into what life was like working in the mines and for those people whose lives depended on that work. A great place to visit.
tripadvisor
20/04/2017

Brilliant for the kids


Plasmadreamer,
I was born and bred in Ashington but had never visited the museum. It can't be up to much was always my excuse for not going. I took my two year old grandson today......I was blown away. This is one of the best attractions I have ever visited..ever. He loved the adventure playground, the dinosaur model exhibition, the cafe was lovely and the food was very reasonably priced. £3.50 to park the car and the museum is free...incredible. If we return within the next two months the car parking is free...we shall return!
tripadvisor
19/04/2017

A Good Afternoon Out


mystabe, Wigan, United Kingdom
We were staying 5 minutes away, I read all the reviews and thought 'it can't be that excellent surely!?' so we went for a visit. It is actually a brilliant place for an afternoon (or morning out) there is lots of interesting stuff to see and it's commendable that real mining heritage has been preserved as it has just gone in a lot of other traditional mining areas such as Wigan. The cafe is great (the mural is just brilliant) and the train is a bit of fun. Possibly the best bit though is the audio/visual thing in the left hand winding tower and it's well worth the 15 minutes or so watching it through if you are even slightly interested in the British mining industry - and then spot one of the main characters working somewhere else in the museum ;) Why not 5 stars? it's really good, especially as it's free and the actual authentic mining aspects are great, but the 'mining experience' walk through is a bit of a let down. There is interesting information there if you look but it's a bit dated. Some more modern AV stuff to give it al a bit more atmosphere would make the place easily worthy of a full 5 stars without changing (or probably costing too much) Go, it's a great place :)
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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