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Ulster Folk Museum
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Step back in time and experience what life was like in rural Ulster over 100 years ago.

Ulster Folk Museum has rolling countryside and a bustling town filled with authentic, period buildings.  Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops inhabited by people in period dress, as you experience life from over 100 years ago. Try your hand at basket weaving or see a blacksmith hard at work.  Take a ride on an old bus into the countryside, where white-washed farmhouse dot the fields. Meet some of the horses, donkeys, pigs and hens that kept the rural world turning.  

Every day a wide variety of folk activities and demonstrations take place.  All included in your general admission ticket.

Highlights include:

  • Daily activities and craft demonstrations
  • Farming and rural life demonstrations
  • Special event days throughout the year

Visitor Information

Open Year-Round 

*Reopen from 13th August (4 days a week, Thursday – Sunday).


Mar-Sept: Tues – Sun 10.00 – 17.00;
Oct – Feb: Tues – Fri 10.00 – 16.00, Sat – Sun 11.00 – 16.00

Closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays

Contact Details

Ulster Folk Museum
153 Bangor Road
Co. Down

BT18 0EU

T: +44 (0) 28 9042 8428
W:  www.nmni.com/ufm

Closed: Contact the Ulster Folk Museum for Christmas and New Year opening times. Closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays.

Last Entry: One hour before closing.

Approx Visit Duration: We recommend two hours for a visit including both the Folk Museum and The Ulster Transport Museum located on the same site.

Admission Prices 2020

Rates are in £ sterling

Adult: £9.00
Senior (aged 65+): £7.00
Student (with valid ID): £7.00
Child (aged 5-17): £5.50
Child (under 5): 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
Child (under 5): Free
Job Seekers / Carers (with valid ID): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £29.00 
Family (1 adult & up to 3 children. aged 5-17): £22.00 

10% discounts available for groups of 15 or over

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.

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Other Useful Information


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

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.

Free car parking available onsite. For coach parking depending on the group, parking may be via the main car park on the A1, or within Hillsborough village at a location closer to the Castle entrance.

After exploring the museum, refuel and relax in our Ballycutra Tearooms – open during museum hours. Relax in the comfortable, family-friendly surroundings where you can enjoy a hearty homemade meal or a lighter bite. Treat yourself to a scone, traybake or slice of cake freshly baked by our team on site.

Outdoor picnic tables are located in the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum, including the car parks. Indoor picnic areas are located upstairs in the National School in the museum. Food and drink items are not allowed in our exhibit buildings.

There is a gift shop in the Ulster Folk Museum’s Visitor Information Centre, which offers a wide range of gifts inspired by our collections including books, toys and souvenirs. It also has a selection of goods made by craftspeople in the museum. Why not take a trip down memory lane into the authentic Corner Shop sweet shop? Ask for a quarter of sweets, weighed out in the traditional way by a guide in costume. Every sale supports National Museums NI.

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


Map Location

The museum is about 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 10 minutes drive away.

By car: SatNav postcode is BT18 0EU. Free car-parking is available on site.

By rail: From Central Station in Belfast take the Bangor line and get off at the Cultra Halt rail station.  This service runs approximately every 30 minutes. From there it is a two-minute walk to the Ulster Transport Museum. 

By bus: From Belfast Laganside Bus Centre, take Ulsterbus Service 1 or 2 to Bangor.  This service runs approximately every 30 minutes. Get off at the Ulster Folk Museum/Ulster Transport Museum, Cultra, on the main Bangor Road.



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