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
15/10/2017

Great day out


waltonn22, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Visited a few times previously but this time we took the father in law who was a miner. He loved the outside buildings. The buildings and grounds are beautifully maintained. Lovely cafe and a play area for smaller ones. You just pay for parking so excellent value for money.
tripadvisor
09/10/2017

Excellent!!


Sandancer77,
Got here for opening time on a Sunday and it was very quiet so virtually had the whole place to ourselves. Paying £3.50 to park but having free entry is great value for money. We went on the 11am tour into 2 buildings which turned out to be quiet as there was only us 3 on it. The guide was nice and informative. Only went in 1 locked building which was a little disappointing but that one houses the large wheel and we got a demonstration which was impressive to see. This tour is worth going on. There are a number of individual buildings to go in outside and then there’s the large museum building. It was well laid out and interesting. The miner’s pictures were worth a look at and a member of staff gave me an ipad to view the pictures with for more information. There is a cafe, shop and outdoor children’s play area. Worth a visit.
tripadvisor
03/10/2017

Free entry.. pay to park..


Peter R, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
Nice place to visit if your in the area.. free to get in but parking to be paid.. still a cheap deal as the Museum is well maintained and offer alternate themes throughout the year.. great for young and old alike..
tripadvisor
30/09/2017

Real history


Pikemere, Alsager, United Kingdom
Great site and museum. The story of mining in the area and the portrayal of the coal seams is very moving. The Pitman Painters exhibition is also very powerful.
tripadvisor
25/09/2017

Mining - Cleansed


Simone N, Newcastle upon Tyne
We visited on a sunny afternoon - this the site of a restored coal mine which presents that life in all its hard, dirty, dark horrors inside, but is almost too immaculate outside. You need to use your imagination on the outside to experience the miners lot in reality. It is quite a walk to get to the 'real' part, too far for my husband, By the time we had taken it all in we were too late for a cup of tea. A relative has used the archives to do family research, they looked all bright and inviting. We paid £3.50 at the gate for three of us - two OAPs?

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for coming to see Woodhorn. I'm sorry your husband struggled with the walk around the site. Unfortunately the historic buildings are spread out so there is little we can do about that but perhaps next time you might like to borrow a wheelchair or a mobility scooter - please just mention it on arrival. There is no charge.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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