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.
Access Plans for each of our museums can be downloaded from this website (you can find them on the Accessibility page), but please contact us if there’s anything we can do to support your access requirements at Woodhorn Museum:
Tel: 01670 624455
Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Available in Winding House 1 and on the upper ground floor of the Cutter Building
Eating and Drinking
Outdoor picnic areas
Winding House Café
Opens 30 minutes after the museum and stops serving 30 minutes before the museum closes.
Overlooking the historic pit yard and opposite the exciting children’s play area inspired by Woodhorn’s industrial heritage, the Winding House café offers visitors a range of light refreshments, sandwiches and toasties featuring Northumbrian food and suppliers.
There’s an outside seating area too which is great if you want to relax whilst keeping an eye on the children or if you have the family dog with you.
The café 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.
Enjoy a cup of delicious Ringtons Tea or coffee, or perhaps a refreshing rose lemonade from Fentimans with your home-made scones, tray bakes and sandwiches (including the local favourite, ham and pease pudding).
Try a toasted sandwich or some of our own delicious home-made soup and a roll from Trotters Family Bakers.
Picnic boxes are available for the younger generation (sandwich, drink and fresh fruit).
Treat yourself with some gorgeous Doddington Dairy ice-cream made in the heart of Northumberland.
Café staff will be very happy to help you with information about allergens.
Supporting local suppliers
We have amazing food and drink suppliers in Northumberland and we’re delighted to be able to use them in our dishes and include them on our menus. It’s good for the environment keeping down the food miles, and it’s great to support local businesses.
Bicycle racks are available for cyclists and we can even lend you a lock if you’ve forgotten to bring one.
Please ask then you can lock it up and enjoy the whole site without worrying about your bicycle.
Dogs are welcome at Woodhorn Museum.
Please abide by our guidelines to ensure that everyone has a pleasant and enjoyable visit.
Dogs should be kept on a lead and accompanied at all times.
With the exception of assistance dogs, pets are not allowed inside the main Cutter Building, café, Winding House function rooms.
Please feel free to use the outdoor seating for the café and visit the historic buildings.
For everyone’s safety and well-being, please don’t leave your dog unattended at any time.
Please pick up after your dog and use the designated doggy bins located on site.
Dog waste bags can be obtained from the Entrance Hut if required.
Water bowls are provided outside the Cutter Building and in the car park but we ask that dog owners are responsible for their pet and its needs.
We would also advise against leaving your dog in the car as Woodhorn’s car park does not offer any shade.
When you’ve explored the museum, why not enjoy a walk around the country park.
A big thanks to Moorview Vets of Newbiggin by the Sea for their support in providing a number of dog bowls, slip leads and waste bags.
Free parking is available to all visitors.
Blue badge parking is available at Woodhorn.
Please note that on big event days such as Miners’ Picnic (June) and Invasion (July), a parking charge will apply.
Toilets including fully accessible facilities, are available at several locations across the Woodhorn Museum site.
The public archive for Northumberland is located at Woodhorn Museum. It operates Wednesday – Saturday. Please check their own specific website for details on how to plan your visit and for any enquiries. www.northumberlandarchives.com
Children’s outdoor play area
Woodhorn Museum is located on the southern edge of the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park.
Combine your visit with a walk or cycle around the park and its 40 acre lake which can be accessed from the museum car park. It’s a haven for wildlife with a great variety of birds, mammals, flora and fauna.
A hard surface gives good access to all but grassed paths offer opportunities to explore too.
The park was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1979 following a massive earth moving project removing what was one of the biggest colliery spoil heaps in Europe.
The lake is popular with water sport enthusiasts, in particular canoeing and coarse fishing. Follow this link if you would like more details on permits: www.wacac.me.uk
Enjoy a trip through the QEII Park on the Woodhorn Railway Society’s narrow-gauge train.
Set up in 1993, the society has two locomotives; a Hunslet built in Leeds and a German built Schoma. The Hunslet was originally used on the surface at Murton Colliery in County Durham and the Schoma was used in the construction of the Channel Tunnel before working on board a ship!
Timetable and Tickets
The service is run by volunteers and can be subject to change at short notice so it is best to check their own website for operating times and services.
An accessible carriage means it is now possible for all visitors to enjoy the train.
You can visit the website here.