Average visit time – 2-3 hours
Things to do at Woodhorn Museum review
Woodhorn Museum is a former 19th-century coal mine turned museum near Ashington in Northumberland. The museum depicts the lives of coal mine workers and features original buildings and equipment from the former colliery,
Coal Town is an engaging and interactive exhibition. You are taken into their homes, on picnics, on marches and even on strike. You’ll be crammed into the ‘cage’ like sardines and discover more about the life of a miner. Many of the buildings remain today and they are open for you to explore. As well as housing a large collection of mining equipment there is also an art gallery with works that depict what life was really like for the miners.
Nearby there is a railway with two preserved locomotives that run on a narrow guage railway track. The trains takes you on a trip through the park and alongside the river. There is a small additional charge to ride on the train (around £2 pp).
There is now a relatively new outdoor play area at the museum. The Pityard Play Area has been specially designed to complement the museum and the industrial heritage site. There is a special interactive mining platform with shovels, hoists and wheels, a tower tunnel slide, a crawl-through tunnel, mining carts and even a pair of wooden pit-ponies.
The museum is well known for it’s annual events.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
FAQ and Further Information Woodhorn Museum
Address: QEII Country Park, Ashington NE63 9YF, Northumberland, England. Phone: 01670 624455
Category – Museum – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Museum at a disused colliery with interactive exhibits, original buildings and machinery. There is a relatively new outdoor play area and you can enjoy a ride on a mini railway. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Cheap – once you have purchased your ticket you can return as much as you please over the next 12 months
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Cheap. An adult ticket costs £7, children under 16 are free.
Is there parking?
There is a car park.
When are they open?
Term time they are open Wednesday to Sunday and all week during school holidays. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn Museum. Family pets may also accompany visitors everywhere except inside the main building and the café.