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Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives

Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn, NE63 9YF, United Kingdom | 01670 624455 | Website

Venue Description

Woodhorn Museum tells the proud story of the men and coal mining communities of South East Northumberland. Situated on the outskirts of Ashington, less than 20 miles from Newcastle, the museum combines a fantastic historic colliery setting (with scheduled ancient monument status) with a stunning contemporary architecture of 'the Cutter', a building built to house permanent and temporary exhibitions including the world famous Pitmen Painters' art collection. the building is also home to Northumberland collections service, a repository to over 800 years of the county's history.


6 of the original colliery buildings open to the public are accessible at ground level or have access ramps to higher levels. 'The Cutter' main museum and archive building is set out over 2 floors but is built into the hillside allowing ground level access to both floors. There is a long access ramp between the upper and lower ground floors hung with the iconic Miner's banners. The shop and cafe located in the Cutter are also fully accessible on ground level.

Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide Link: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/about-us/accessibility/

Access Statement

Access Statement Link: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Woodhorn-Access-Guide-2018-update.pdf

Awards List

Green Tourism Gold Award The Journal Culture Awards 2013: North East Museum Winner International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice: Bronze award WOW Award Johnston Press: Best Event Shortlisted and Shortlisted Best Venue for Children National Museums and Heritage Awards: Highly Commended for Best Project on a Limited Budget and Finalist Best Marketing Campaign International PocketMedia® Awards 2014: Most Creative Design winner and Overall Judges’ Choice Award The Journal Culture Awards 2014: North East Museum of the Year and Best Event Northumberland Living North Awards 2015: North East Attraction of the Year Evening Chronicle People’s Choice Awards: Best Family Attraction Award Runner Up and Best Event Runner Up The Journal Culture Awards 2015: Museum of the Year Finalist, Best Event Northumberland Winner and Best Event North East Overall Winner


Public toilets are located at the tourist information point in the car park, the Workshop Galleries and on both ground and upper ground floors of the Cutter Building. All toilets have level access. There are vertical rails either side of both basin and toilet. There is a horizontal rail on the side wall adjacent to the toilet. There are lever taps on the sinks.


All of our staff receive regular training that includes disability awareness training. We are here to help you make the most of your visit to Woodhorn, so please do contact us in advance of your visit if you require any specific assistance or information.

Assistance dog facilities

Other assistance dog facilities

Dog Bowl available for water outside the administration building adjacent to the car park and also outside the Cafe on the main site.

The venue says it has...

  • Accessible Format
  • Carer Discount
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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