Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF

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.

Opening Times
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10am – 4pm
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

16 and under: FREE
Adult: £7
12 months of unlimited free returns
Multiple Adults purchased at the same time: £6.50
Concession (OAP and student):  £6
All Sites pass per adult: £16

Organised visits from sheltered or supported accommodation groups are entitled to FREE admission. Please telephone 01670 624455 to book before visiting.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn Museum. Family pets may also accompany visitors everywhere except inside the main building and the café.

Directions and Transport
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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