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Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
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A museum of international renown, set in 170 acreas, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is regarded as being amongst the best of its kind in the world.  


The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is a museum of two distinct parts. The first an experience of life from over 100 years ago and the second one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe. Overlooking Belfast Lough, visitors can wander through the past to discover how people lived and travelled over the centuries.

The Folk Museum

The Folk Museum tells the story of life in early 20th century Ulster. A bygone era is recreated in a rural landscape of farms, cottages, traditional crops and local breeds of livestock. A typical Ulster town of the early 1900s is brought to life with homes, shops, workplaces, churches and schools. Costumed visitor guides, working buildings and exhibits, as well as the chance to touch, hear and do, brings history to life for visitors of all ages. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts.

The Transport Museum

The Transport Museum creatively displays one of Europe's largest and most comprehensive transport collections, from horse-drawn carriages to Irish built motor cars and from the mighty steam locomotives that graced our railways to the history of ship and aircraft building. At the Museum's Titanic exhibition visitors can discover over 500 original artefacts and 35 loan objects from RMS Titanic including the 6m long original ship plans. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars.

 
Highlights include:
  • Set on 170 acres, discover how people lived and travelled in times past.
  • Ireland's largest open air museum.
  • Experience a typical Ulster town of the early 1900s, brought to life with homes, shops, workplaces, churches and schools. 
  • See and experience one of Europe's largest and most comprehensive transport collections, from horse-drawn carriages to the history of ship and aircraft building. 
  • See the world-class Titanic Exhibition.

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

October - February
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

March - September
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Closed Mondays except Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Mondays

Contact Details

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood,
Co. Down, BT18 0EU

T: +0044 (0)28 904 284 28
E: info@nmni.com
W: www.nmni.com/uftm

Closed: Mondays (except local Bank Holiday Mondays) and during Christmas - check their website for details.

Approx. visit duration: 3 hours.

 

Admission Prices 2016 

Rates are in £ sterling

Admission to EITHER Folk OR Transport Museum

Adult: £9.00
Senior (aged 65+): £7.00
Student (with valid ID): £7.00
Child (aged 5-17): £5.50
Toddler (aged 0-4): Free
Job Seekers / Carers (with valid ID): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £25.00 
Family (1 adults & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £19.00 

Separate rates apply to major event days

COMBINATION TICKET: Admission to BOTH Folk AND Transport Museum

Adult: £11.00
Senior (aged 65+): £8.50
Student (with valid ID): £8.50
Child (aged 5-17): £6.00
Toddler (aged 0-4): Free
Job Seekers / Carers (with valid ID): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £29.00 
Family (1 adults & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £22.00 

Separate rates apply to major event days

Please note: In line with National Museums Northern Ireland byelaws on safeguarding children & vulnerable adults policy, they reserve the right to refuse entry to any person under the age of 18 if unaccompanied by a parent, group leader or supervising adult.

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Printed information guides available in English, Irish, Chinese, Ulster Scots, Japanese, French, Italian, Polish and German 

DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Ballycultra Tearoom (seats 75) in the Folk Museum serves a range of homemade hot and cold meals, snacks and beverages. The Midland Kiosk (seats 80) in the Transport Museum serves cold snacks and hot and cold beverages.

PICNICS
Picnic areas are located throughout the museum.  

SHOPPING
There are a number of shops on-site. The gift shop at the visitor centre is a good place to start - choose from Northern Ireland crafts such as Eden Pottery, handmade in County Down, and locally made ‘Shazam’ jams and chutneys. You’ll also find quality gifts and souvenir items from top brands including Belleek Pottery and Ulster Weavers. They also stock local interest books, traditional sweets, novelty and educational toys. The General Transport Galleries shop has a transport theme and has a wide range of items from toy trains to Titanic-related merchandise, plus a selection of intriguing transport-related books.

PARKING
Free car and coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Many areas of the museum are fully accessible including all galleries, shops and catering areas. It is not possible to provide physical access to the upper floors of some buildings without compromising the accuracy of the historical experience. Accessible toilets. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to borrow and should be pre-booked in advance.

GROUPS
Group rates available (minimum 15 people). Pre-booking required.

Map Location

The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is approx 11km (7 miles), or 15 minutes, east of Belfast City Centre on the main Belfast to Bangor Road (A2), near Holywood. George Best Belfast City Airport is less than a 10 minute drive away. 

By rail: Get off at the Cultra Halt rail station. From there it’s a 2 minute walk to the Transport Galleries, or an uphill walk of about 15 minutes to the Folk Museum. 

By bus: Get off at the bus stop outside the Museum entrance, on the main Belfast to Bangor road. Then follow the path uphill to the Folk Museum for about a 5 minute walk, or downhill to the Transport Museum. 

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