Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Take time to explore one of Ireland’s foremost visitor attractions, recapturing a disappearing way of life, preserving traditional skills and celebrating transport history.
The Museum opens at 10am Monday to Saturday, and at 11am on Sunday. Closing times vary from 4pm to 6pm according to the season.
Closed: The Museum is open all year except a few days at Christmas.
Children (6-18 yrs) £3.00
Under 5's Free
Family Day Ticket £18.00
Concession Ticket £3.00
Annual Family Ticket £50.00
Annual Double Ticket £30.00
Adult Group (15 or more persons) 10% discount
Group leader/helper Free
Students (Educations visits must be pre-booked on 02890428428) £2.50
Teachers/ Helpers Free
** All prices valid until 31 March 2005
How to Get There
The Museum is situated on the main Belfast to Bangor Road, just ten minutes outside Belfast with excellent access by road, rail and bus, and close to Belfast City Airport.
Nearest rail station to the Museum is Ballycultra Halt. Buses stop outside the Museum entrance.
At the open air Folk Museum 60 acres are devoted to illustrating the way of life of people of the north of Ireland in the early 1900s. Visitors can stroll through yesteryear’s countryside with its farms, cottages, crops and livestock and visit a typical 1900’s Ulster town with its shops, churches, and terraced housing. Indoors the Folk Gallery features a number of exhibitions.
The indoor Transport Museum boasts the most comprehensive transport collection in Ireland. The Irish Railway Collection is displayed in an award-winning gallery, explaining the history and impact of both standard and narrow gauge railways in Ireland. Along side the Irish Railway Collection are the Road Transport Galleries. These Galleries boast a fine collection of vehicles ranging from cycles, motorcycles, trams, buses, fire engines and cars.
As part of your visit to the Transport Museum also visit the “Titanic” exhibition is located at the lower Transport Galleries.
Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Aviation, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Photography, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport
Key artists and exhibits
- Harvest Festival and Service
- Sunday 10th October
- Enjoy traditional Harvest Day activities, see countryside skills and crafts and sample traditional foods. At 4.00pm everyone is welcome to join in the Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Kilmore Church.
- ** Hallowe'en Family Festival
- Sunday 31st October
- A variety of activities traditionally associated with the festival of Hallowe'en for children and adults, including apple games, cabbage reading (fortune telling), ghost walks, Hallowe'en art, craft activities and performances by the Armagh Rhymers. During the half-term break there will other traditional Hallowe’en activities.
- Model Railway Day
- Saturday 13th November
- Railway layouts galore, in a variety of scales and gauges, to entertain and enthral children and adults and children alike. Come along to see these model engines in a unique setting alongside their full sized counterparts. Organised by the Friends of Cultra.
- Voyaging in Fact and Fiction
- Sunday 28th November, 2.30pm
- An illustrated talk by Michael McCaughan, Keeper of Transport in the Transport Museum. Telephone 02890428428 to reserve a place.
- Tin Whistle and Flute Classes and Recital
- Saturday 27th November
- Suitable for players of all levels and held in Cultra Manor. To book a place (£10 per person) and for further information please telephone 02890428428
- ** The Spirit of Christmas Past
- Sunday 12th December
- Enjoy the nostalgia of Christmas past in the Museum's candlelit Ballycultra Town. See how the festive season has transformed over the decades into the Christmas we celebrate today. Join in craft activities, sample traditional food and hot punch and listen to the Silver Band playing carols.
- Christmas Carols and Services at Kilmore Church in the Museum's Ballycultra Town
- Carols by Candlelight 7.30pm
- 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st and 22ndDecember
- Advent Procession 7.30pm
- Wednesday 15th December
- Nine Lessons and Carols 4.00pm
- Sunday 19th December
- Please telephone 028 90 428428 to book a place as numbers are limited.
- Traditional Music Concert
- Mid December date
- An evening event in the Church of St John the Baptist. To book a ticket (£8 each) and for further information please telephone 02890428428
- ** On large event days the combined admission price applies
- Folk Galleries
- A Place of Sport
- Opens March 2004 until March 2005
- Using colourful objects and historic photographs and film, this exhibition shows how sport is central to the life of local communities of Northern Ireland. Among the very many topics covered are road bowls from Armagh, hurling from the Ards peninsula, golf from the Portrush and boxing from Belfast’s Sailortown.
- Farming and Food
- A fascinating exhibition showing the development and change in farming techniques and implements.
- Meet the Victorians
- The Victorian era 1837 - 1901 witnessed more rapid change than any other previous period. This lively and interesting exhibition presents some of the changes which transformed people's lives.
- Transport Galleries
- Irish Railway Collection
- A magnificent collection of great trains from the past, dating from the first railway in Ireland, is creatively displayed in an award winning gallery.
- Road Transport
- This unique collection includes bicycles, motorcycles, trams, buses, fire engines and cars. Belfast street scenes and a 'mods and rockers' themed café are all featured in what is a ‘back from the future’ experience.
- This exhibition illustrates the ship's construction, loss and legend. It uses original Titanic material along with vintage photographs, recordings, newsreels and music.
- For a copy of the 2004 Events and Exhibitions programme contact: ULSTER FOLK AND TRANSPORT MUSEUM
- Cultra, Holywood, BT18 0EU
- 02890428428 02890428728
"Battle of the Somme" Film Screening
- 3 July 2016 2-4pm
In 1916 while the Somme Campaign was still going on, the "Battle of the Somme" film was released and watched by over 20 million people. This is an opportunity to watch the film in a unique setting - the Picture House at Cultra, which was itself in existence at the time of the First World War.
This event is held in connection with the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museums.
Period Fashion Show: ‘A Glimpse into the Past’
- 21 October 2016 7:30-9:30pm
With over 20 period costumes, funny sketches and entertaining historical insights, this event will show how women’s fashion changed from the late 19th century through to the end of the First World War. A colourful cast of characters will be brought to life and will give a glimpse into the lives of men and women from the era.
Lecture: Paul Louden-Brown on “The Loss of Britannic”
- 17 November 2016 7-8:30pm
November 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic’s sister ship, Britannic. Paul Louden-Brown is an authority on the history of the White Star Line and was a consultant to James Cameron’s blockbuster film “Titanic”. He is Project Manager on the diving and recovery operations on Britannic, so will bring that extra insight to the talk.
Fly around the world in your balloon answering questions as you go.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
028 90 428428
028 90 428728