Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, Northumberland, England

A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn Museum, Ashington 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 Decs Saturday Night Takeaway.

We want to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. This means there will be some changes to the way you visit and the experiences we are able to offer.

Dogs are also welcomed on-site too.

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 Easts 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 is a hands-on experience to remember.

Opening Times: -

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Please note during the Northumberland School Holidays The Woodhorn Museum is open 7 days a week.

Admission Fee: -

12 months of unlimited free returns

16 and under: FREE
Adult: £7
Multiple Adults purchased at the same time: £6.50
Concession (OAP and student): £6

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

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

It is 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.


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