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
17/01/2017

Weekly visit


si1975,
Love this place friendly staff always there to help if you need it my kids love looking around one is 8yrs and the other 3yrs loads for them to do and they love the outside space the only negative thing is the loos always been a bit on the dirty side when we have been

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Thanks for your review. Great to hear you are such a fan. I'm concerned to hear that you think our loos aren't up to scratch and will certainly pass this on to the team, but if you notice this in future, please, please bring this to our attention at the time. We can't fix something if we don't know something is wrong! We want every visitor to have a fantastic visit every time. See you again soon.
tripadvisor
17/01/2017

Fab day out


juliepB2183YE, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Great place to visit without spending a fortune .It was truly lovely at Christmas ,the frost trail was amazing . Living near we are so lucky to be able to customise often.would definitely recommend it.
tripadvisor
05/01/2017

Family day out


5eve0, Ashington, United Kingdom
Came here with my son and his family. £3.50 for parking but everything else was free. My grandchildren loved the outdoor play area ,there was also a ice rink in situ but that came at an extra cost. The coffee shop service was very slow and wasn't cheap.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: We're pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your recent visit, but sorry that the cafe was a bit on the slow side. Unfortunately there can be fluctuations due to visitors numbers and a host of other factors, but hopefully next time we'll be back up to speed for you.
tripadvisor
26/12/2016

A good piece of history.


neilnchalan, Barnsley, United Kingdom
Decided to try this as it was recommended to us as my husband used to be a miner himself so it brought back a lot of memories for him. It was a £3.50 charge to park but then you can wander round at your leisure and take as long as you want. The exhibition of the pit painters paintings is worth a look as it depicts the times and people of Ashington. Altogether an excellent day out but at the time we went there isn't much to do for very young children.

Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives replied: Many thanks for a lovely review. We're sorry you didn't feel there was much to engage younger children during your visit. We always try to provide engaging crafty activities linked in some way to our events/exhibitions during the peak times at weekends and holidays, but at other times it is still possible for families with young children to enjoy the two handling trolleys (outside the galleries upstairs and in the cafe), to engage with the interactives in Coal Town (miners' banner design, pigeon racing game, listening post at the pigeon cree), and to spend time at the colouring table on the upper level. We also have an award-winning family museum trail and an art trail available at our main desk which are both really useful in helping visitors to really see what is around and engage with the the displays. Maybe these would be useful next time you come to see us - very soon we hope.
tripadvisor
22/12/2016

Excellent


UlverstonJanet, Ulverston, United Kingdom
We visited today and we had a wonderful time. The Frost of Forgetfulness event was very good it engaged all the visitors and they viewed the museum with enthusiasm. The museum is interesting and the facilities great. The cafe served tasty food and there is a god playground for the children.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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