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Woodhorn - Northumberland Muesum and Archives

For more than 80 years Woodhorn was a coal mine. Work to sink the first shaft began in 1894 and the first coal was brought to the surface in 1898. At its peak almost 2,000 men worked at the pit and 600,000 tons of coal was produced each year. Production stopped in 1981 but the shafts continued to be used for neighbouring Ashington Colliery until 1986.

It began its life as a museum in 1989 and following major redevelopment, reopened in October 2006. Today, the yellow Ashington brick buildings have protected, listed status. The site is recognised as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and it is the best surviving example of a late 19th/early 20th century colliery in the North East tradition.


The new Cutter building is stunning - inspired by monster coal cutting machines, and with the original colliery buildings it tells the story of Northumberland through fascinating, emotive displays, miners' paintings, an exciting changing exhibition programme, and Northumberland's amazing archival "treasures". The Northumberland Archives cover over 800 years of the county's history and provide an amazing record of the past. The Workshop Galleries hosts our big blockbuster exhibitions and in recent years has welcomed Wallace & Gromit, famous movie cars and even Dinosaurs.  Keep an eye out for details of the next event.  

Woodhorn is a great attraction for the whole family with hands-on activities, an events programme and that all important cup of tea! And don't forget the country park with its cycle route around the lake.


Admission to Woodhorn is FREE!   
Occasionally some extra special exhibitions may have charges. Details will be on the What's On page.

All Day parking costs £3.00.

Bike racks are available for cyclists but please bring your own lock.

Why not become a Woodhorn Member and take advantage of FREE parking as well as other discounts and benefits? Find out more here. Once our on-line shop is available you'll even be able to do it here. Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn, but family pets are not permitted within the fenced museum area. If you bring your pet with you please note that the car park does not offer any shade.


Queen Elizabeth II country park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF

11.1 miles     01670 624455  

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