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
14/05/2017

Visit if you can


Michael C, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
This is what I would call a must see if you are in the area. The Museum is not easy by public transport, but is well worth a visit if you want to know about the old North East. The Museum will give you an insite into the area and what they have had to overcome. Well Recommended
tripadvisor
11/05/2017

Fantastic welcoming staff just the start of our memorable 2 hour+ visit


Jeff W,
Having walked around the Queen Elizabeth Park we sort of stumbled on the Woodhorn Museum and although we hadn't prepared for a visit we thought now we're here we'll give it a look. It was a very quiet Friday morning with very few people about. As we entered the impressive museum building we were greeted by a very friendly lady staff member, who after enquiring if we'd visited before ( and we hadn't), gave us a full introduction of the facilities, exhibits and the buildings on site. She was brilliant! Shame I didn't get her name but she was very knowledgeable and clearly loved her job as her enthusiasm shone through, which gave us a good feeling about Woodhorn straight away. A credit to her profession and the Northumberland Museum service. The displays and exhibits are great and we particularly loved the use of the local dialect in the written text. Everything we felt was just as modern museum should be. Clearly labelled, informative and interesting. The museum is imaginative with excellent layout of date and time lines throughout, and plenty of hands on stuff for children to enjoy. We were at Woodhorn for well over 2 hours and even met an old miner on our travels around and I hope he enjoyed his visit as much as we did. Highly recommended if you want a bit of local history whilst in beautiful Northumberland.
tripadvisor
06/05/2017

Excellent


DBRS R,
Very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Thought provoking and superbly curated exhibitions. Pitman painters exhibit is very interesting with multimedia resource to provide detail.
tripadvisor
06/05/2017

Moving,informative and challenging


bobJ5472DS, Auchterarder, United Kingdom
Can this really be free except for a reasonable all day parking charge? So much to see and a very varied range of experiences. Nostalgia and history for us old timers then art in the gallery dedicated to the Pitmen Painters for everybody. Interesting architectural buildings and pit head remains contrast each other in a well planned site. Not to be missed.
tripadvisor
04/05/2017

Great Family Day Out


Teekosmum, Leyburn, United Kingdom
Very impressed with the layout of the whole place. Everywhere was very clean and well organised. Plenty of nice grassed areas, perfect for a picnic or ice cream on a sunny day. Lots to do, visit the museum, take a ride on the narrow gauge railway round to the Lake, large, light and airy cafe, small souvenir shop with prices to suit everyone. When we visited on the May bank holiday, we went to see the Brick Dinos exhibition, (which I think ,remains on until early June) Wow! it was amazing! Lots of huge dinosaurs built out of thousands of normal Lego bricks. It was as appealing to adults as well as to youngsters. We girls didn't see all of the museum, but the boys did and said it was really good and educational too. Had to pay to park, then pay to ride on the train, and pay again to visit the Lego Dinos, but nothing was over priced. Well worth a visit.
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com

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