Enjoy our excellent facilities, cutting-edge arts and cultural exhibits
and a fun-filled events programme.
Located in what was once the largest pit village in the world, the
former colliery is now home to our popular visitor attraction, welcoming
thousands of people each year.
A world away from a traditional mining museum, Woodhorn 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 Dec’s Saturday
As of July 2017 dogs are also welcomed on-site too.
The museum is proud to house the Ashington Group Collection of artworks
– commonly known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’. This iconic display showcases what
daily life was really like for miners in and around Ashington from the 1930s.
It is reputed to be the first collection of amateur art to go on permanent
display anywhere in the world.
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
With so much to see and do at Woodhorn Museum, it’s a hands-on
experience to remember.
Membership is required for entry onto
the museum site.
Prices for Woodhorn Museum:
(Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50).
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.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm. Except during school holidays when we are open 7 days per week.