Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

A view along the main entrance path at Woodhorn with the old colliery buildings in the background
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Woodhorn is a vibrant, exciting place to visit all year round with a great programme of activities and exhibitions for the whole family.

Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, hands-on exhibitions and displays. Take an emotional journey through Coal Town and discover a proud mining community; explore the colliery buildings and imagine what it would have been like to work underground; hum along to the brass band at the Miners’ Picnic, see the colourful banners and even design your own. Marvel at the original paintings of the Ashington Group – miners from the 1930s whose story has inspired remarkable play, Pitmen Painters, by Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall.

Woodhorn is home to Northumberland’s public archive too.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Archive

Opening hours

Open: Wednesday through to Sunday (+ Mon & Tues in Northumberland School Hols)
October until March, 10am - 4pm
April until September 10 am until 5pm
(Archives Open 10am - 4pm Wed-Sat.)

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives will be closed on Wednesday 9th September. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For the duration of 'Poppies: Weeping Window at Woodhorn', we will be open every day from 10am - 5pm (Saturday 12th September - Sunday 1st November)

Full details of opening times on www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Admission charges

Free admission
All day parking £3.50

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

Additional info

Access: Most of the buildings at Woodhorn are accessible but as you might expect with the old listed colliery buildings, access to some is restricted. See our main website for a full access statement. 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.

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.

The Pitmen Painters were a group of mostly miners from Northumberland who founded the Ashington Art Group in the 1930s and who took as their subject everyday life in their mining community. Woodhorn museum holds the main Ashington Group collection of their work.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Pitmen Painters - Northumberland miners who founded the Ashington Art Group
  • Mining history
  • Oliver Kilbourn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Fish and Chips

The Ashington District Star

  • 24 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

Inspired by the Ashington Group Painters photographic artist Julian Germain has embarked on a two year collaboration with local people to produce a new newspaper; The Ashington District Star. The exhibition incorporates the original paintings and maps the editorial process involved in developing a new collection of created and collected photographs about contemporary Ashington and the surrounding area.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ice Rink

Winter Festival Ice Rink

  • 29 November 2015 10am-4pm *on now
  • 3 — 6 December 2015
  • 10 — 11 December 2015 10am-5pm
  • 12 — 13 December 2015 10am-4pm
  • 17 — 18 December 2015 10am-5pm
  • 19 — 23 December 2015

The Ice Rink will be in place from 28th November to 23rd December. The opening hours are as follows:

28th Nov 10am - 4pm

29th Nov 10am - 4pm

3rd Dec 10am - 5pm

4th Dec 10am - 5pm

5th Dec 10am - 5pm

6th Dec 10am - 5pm

10th Dec 10am - 5pm

11th Dec 10am - 5pm

12th Dec 10am - 4pm

13th Dec 10am - 4pm

17th Dec 10am - 5pm

18th Dec 10am - 5pm

19th Dec 10am - 4pm

20th Dec 10am - 4pm

21st Dec 10am - 4pm

22nd Dec 10am - 4pm

23rd Dec 10am - 4pm

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Admission charge payable for a 30 minute session.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £5.50
Child £4.50


Meet Father Christmas

  • 28 — 29 November 2015 From 10am *on now
  • 5 — 6 December 2015
  • 12 — 13 December 2015
  • 19 — 23 December 2015

Visit Father Christmas in his special grotto in the stables at Woodhorn. He's waiting to hear what's on your Christmas list and how good you've been during the year. £6 per child

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6 per child

Christmas Craft Fair and Winter Weekend 2015

  • 5 — 6 December 2015 10am-4pm

More details to come

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives
QE II Country Park
NE63 9YF






01670 624455


01670 626121

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.