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
14/09/2017

Great value


corinnebeswick, manchester
Worth a visit. Lovely site, very informative and full of history about the mining community in the area and the strikes of the 1980's. May not be suitable for families with children as they may be a bit bored. Free entry, you only need to pay £3.50 to park. Very clean facilities too.
tripadvisor
09/09/2017

An excellent museum


JohnThompson2014, East Molesey, United Kingdom
We came here to see the work of the Pitmen Painters - having seen the play some years ago - but there is so much more to enjoy, in particular learning about the lives of the miners and their communities. An informative and enjoyable experience. You pay for the car park (but not much) and the museum is free. This is a fine museum which reminds us of the labour and sacrifices made by good people over many years.
tripadvisor
06/09/2017

great historic place


Nita G, Newcastle, United Kingdom
clean place, fresh lay out and friendly staff. It is full of history and done in a really eye catching way.. has a relaxing feel to the whole site. and I am sure there is something for everyone.little train, places to walk and watch wildlife, I saw a red squirell. Also a great spacious cafe and original features... You can get a genuine feel for the past and mining.... excellent place
tripadvisor
06/09/2017

Excellent museum!


Dunnies2013, United Kingdom
Very informative museum. Some original buildings still standing, with machinery inside. Life of the coal miner explained through pictures, film and displays. Staff very knowledgeable. Spent three hours here and enjoyed every minute!
tripadvisor
05/09/2017

This is a must!


Cummings121, Sunderland, United Kingdom
This place is a must see... Not far from the caravan park we stayed at so was really helpful that it's only down the road. A lovely park for a walk. Lots of dog walkers. Swans by the water which my younger one loved. We did go into the pub to eat (which I've also made a review on that) lovey food. But over all, we will be back to this place on our next visit to caravan park. Thanks again! See you's soon!
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URL: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com


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