Woodhorn Museum

QEII Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

+44 01670 624455

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Overview

A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn is well-known for its fun events programme, including family picnic days, car shows and cos-play extravaganza, ‘Invasion’ - it even featured on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

 

As of July 2017 dogs are also welcomed on-site too.

 

The museum is proud to house the Ashington Group Collection of artworks – commonly known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’. This iconic display showcases what daily life was really like for miners in and around Ashington from the 1930s. It is reputed to be the first collection of amateur art to go on permanent display anywhere in the world.

 

Woodhorn brings to life Northumberland’s proud mining heritage, alongside an ever-changing contemporary arts and event programme – making it a fun and cultural day out

Did you know that at its peak, over 2,000 people worked underground at the site? A whopping 600,000 tonnes of coal was mined from the pit each year.

 

Come along and visit the North East’s last remaining coal mining built heritage and check out our winding houses – including the most powerful winding engine in the region and the ventilation fan which took a direct hit, but survived the German bombing of 1941.

 

Our modern Cutter Building showcases our impressive banner collection, Coal Town exhibition and, of course, our iconic Ashington Group Collection. The mixture of the historic and the modern is something you can expect from all Museums Northumberland sites.

 

Be sure to take a look at the wall of the Cutter Building which features a moving sculpture made up of 98 birds, fashioned from moulded miners’ gloves – each of which sadly represent a life lost at Woodhorn Colliery throughout its history.

 

With so much to see and do at Woodhorn Museum, it’s a hands-on experience to remember

 

 


Access information

All visitors to Woodhorn will find a visit rewarding with almost all of the buildings open to the public fully accessible: only one or two places in the old colliery buildings are a little more challenging.

Access Plans for each of our museums can be downloaded from this website (you can find them on the Accessibility page), but please contact us if there’s anything we can do to support your access requirements at Woodhorn Museum:

Tel: 01670 624455

Email: hello@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit. 

Please note that the Dark Side guided tours are only suitable for able bodied visitors. 

You might find our Google tour helpful in planning your visit.  Please telephone 01670 624455 or email if you have any queries or special requirements.


Road directions

Woodhorn is just off the A189 Coastal Route east of Ashington, Northumberland.  

It’s only 25 minutes from Newcastle in the south and Alnwick in the north. It is also just off the C1 National and Coast & Castles cycle routes.

If you are planning to use a sat nav, take care! Woodhorn’s postcode will take you to the wrong location, so please watch out for the brown and white signs as you get close and then Woodhorn’s large, bright entrance banners.

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Public transport

Public transport: Use the following link to make your way to Ashington Bus Station: http://jplanner.travelinenortheast.info/

From here you can either take a 15 minute walk or take advantage of special taxi rates offered by Ashington Taxis on 01670 813315 or 01670 817382.

If you decide to walk, here are the directions: turn right out of the bus station, and right again at the roundabout along the A197.

Go straight over the mini roundabout, and after about 600 metres go through the white gates on the left-hand side. You’ll cross a freight railway line so please take care.

Bear right and follow the path through the QEII Country Park to the Woodhorn car park.

The nearest main line railway station is Morpeth and the nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport.

 


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Ticketing and entry prices for Woodhorn Museum

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult membership)
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£7.00
annual pass

Membership is required for entry onto the museum site.

Membership Prices for Woodhorn Museum:

Adult: £7.00 (Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50). 

Concession (OAP and student) £6.00

Children 16 and under are admitted free at all Museums Northumberland venues.

*Membership is valid for 12 months and includes unlimited return visits but please be aware that parking charges still apply on FREE community event days at Woodhorn Museum including Invasion Day and the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic.

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tripadvisor
16/05/2019

Update


satelliteservices, menorca
Just an update to say that Premier have now upped the refund to £60.00. I think they realised that they had a seriuos water problem.
tripadvisor
07/05/2019

My local museum


Eric H, Ashington, United Kingdom
I visit Woodhorn, numerous times a year as I live very near to it. It always has events advertised that children enjoy. Super heros and the like. Plenty of local history for older kids and adults. Should you get bored with that, a trip around the lake on the steam train or walk around to the nearby restaurants and bar.
tripadvisor
06/05/2019

Informative couple of hours


Rebecca C,
Don't use the postcode in a Satnav, you'll end up at the hospital. Use Google maps and the name of the museum. Had a nice stroll around the buildings then went into the museum. Worth a visit
tripadvisor
19/04/2019

Brilliant museum for all ages


Fairenough_63, Thirsk, United Kingdom
Loved this place - lots to do indoor and outdoor, and at only £7 adult tickets and children free of charge, a really good value visit. The coal mine closed in only 1981, and the buildings and equipment have been well maintained. The information around the site is very good - no pushing expensive guide books etc on you - easy for children to read and conveys messages well to younger readers. The mechanical equipment is explained, as is the operation of the mine, the life of young miners, the dangers, the strikes of the 1980s, etc all aspects covered. Highly educational. There's a wonderful children's play area where they can use buckets and chains to hoist pebbles and sand from a height; also an archimedes screw; lovely to learn engineering principles in play. The cafe is large and clean with an outdoor area too; good coffee, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, kids lunch boxes, all very good value. The gift shop has a wide range and again good value. We took the narrow gauge train ride, which is just a little fun for £2 return. The icing on the cake was an exhibition of works by the Pitman Painters. This important group of artists lifted themselves from the restraints of mining life and persuaded an educated chap from Newcastle to come to their town miners Hut once a week to give them art lessons. These were men who had left school at 12 to work in the mines, and the art they produced in the end was incredible. They painted the world around them - the mines, the tunnels, the working mens clubs, their sitting rooms at home. Because taught and qualified artists never came near to such places, without the Pitman Painters we would not have ever seen these scenes represented in oils and enamels and ink. I was absolutely delighted to find these paintings here and to have the opportunity to buy prints and cards. Congratulations to whoever runs this wonderful museum!
tripadvisor
11/04/2019

Super sunny trip!


186478Marilyn, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Visited with our 6 year old grandson( his 1st visit). Brill visit - all staff friendly nd knowledgable. Lots to see nd do nd perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities. Ample parking nd lovely cafe and shop( prices what you would expect). Free entry for children to 16. Annual membership very reasonable. Train ride lovely. Recommend a visit.
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