Woodhorn Museum

A view along the main entrance path at Woodhorn with the old colliery buildings in the background
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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

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

Woodhorn Museum will remain open to the public until Sunday 22 March (unless the advice from Government changes before that time). We are currently exploring the possibility to keep the museum grounds open, whilst closing the buildings on site, after this date and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Whilst open to the public, enhanced cleaning services will be in operation at Woodhorn Museum. To protect our staff and visitors everyone is advised to follow NHS advice and respect social distancing within the grounds. Facilities for all on site to wash their hands regularly are available.

Forthcoming events and all schools’ visits have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the advice of health authorities and Government bodies.

Admission charges

Membership charges apply

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.

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


We want as many people as possible to enjoy a visit to our museums. We are always looking for new ways to improve.

We welcome your feedback, so if you have any suggestions for improving accessibility at our museums, please contact us via email at hello@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk

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

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

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
QE II Country Park
NE63 9YF






01670 624455


01670 626121

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