Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives
The main museum and galleries:
Wednesday – Sunday (plus Monday & Tuesday in school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays)
April – September 10am – 5pm
October – March 10am – 4pm
The Northumberland Archives and Study Centre:
Wednesday - Sunday (Closed all Bank Holidays)
10am – 4pm all year
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.
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.
Discover 800 years of history and experience fantastic events and exhibitions at the award winning Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.
Enjoy researching your visit or searching our vast archive and museum collections on-line and we hope to welcome you in person soon.
Northumberland Museum and Archives
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Tel: 01670 52 80 80Visit Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives website
The Woodhorn Cafe offers a selection of freshly prepared snacks, light meals and cakes using the best local ingredients where we can.
The cafe is a contemporary space set in the heart of the historic pit yard (just separated by a wall of glass). It features a specially commissioned artwork “The Making of a Man” by artist Nina Wakbayashi, capturing a young lad’s first shift underground in the Japanese manga cartoon style.
All visitors to Woodhorn will find a visit rewarding with almost all of the buildings open to the public fully accessible: only one or two places in the old colliery buildings are a little more challenging.
Visitors are welcome to borrow one of two wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit.
Please note that the Dark Side guided tours are only suitable for able bodied visitors.
Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn (but family pets are not allowed in the fenced museum area - sorry).
Woodhorn is just off the A189 Coastal Route east of Ashington, Northumberland.
It's only 25 minutes from Newcastle in the south and Alnwick in the north. It is also just off the C1 National and Coast & Castles cycle routes.
If you are planning to use a sat nav, take care! Woodhorn's postcode will take you to the wrong location, so please watch out for the brown and white signs as you get close and then Woodhorn’s large, bright entrance banners.
Click here to see the location on a map.
Public transport: Make your way to Ashington Bus Station and from here you can either take a 15 minute walk or take advantage of special taxi rates offered by Ashington Taxis on 01670 813315 or Colliers Taxis on 01670 817382.
If you decide to walk, here are the directions: turn right out of the bus station, and right again at the roundabout along the A197. Go straight over the mini roundabout, and after about 600 metres go throught the white gates on the left hand side. Bear right and follow the path through the QEII Country Park to the Woodhorn car park.
The nearest main line railway station is Morpeth and the nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport.