Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship to the log cabins of the American frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
The journey starts in the thatched cottages of Ulster, including the famous “Mellon” homestead, continues aboard a crowded sailing ship and finishes among the homesteads of the American frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.
The indoor exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries. It reveals the reasons behind the exodus and shows how the settlers adapted to, and impacted on, a new and unfamiliar environment.
The ultimate in living history, the outdoor museum brings to life people’s daily routines and activities in both the Old and New Worlds. Notable buildings include the famous Mellon Homestead, as well as buildings from America which have been relocated to the museum. An Ulster street, complete with original shop fronts, and an American street have been reconstructed alongside a full-scale dockside galley and ship, the Brig Union. Together, they recreate the conditions that many thousands of emigrants experienced before, during and after the arduous Atlantic crossing.
The museum recreates a time when local crafts and tradespeople played a vital part in manufacturing and delivering the goods and services that were needed. Costumed characters relate tales of everyday life and customs while demonstrating traditional crafts and skills, such as spinning, basket making, printing, quilting, blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking and corn craft.
Mar to Sept, Tue to Sun 10:00–17:00
Oct to Feb, Tue to Fri 10:00–16:00
Sat and Sun 11:00–16:00
Jul to Aug, Mon 10:00–17:00
Last admission time: 1 hour before closing time, but it’s advisable to arrive earlier.
Approx. visit duration: 3 to 4 hours, but less if required.
Child (Under 5): Free
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children): £25.00
LANGUAGES: Leaflets available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Russian and Slovak.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Located in the visitor centre, the café provides a range of hot and cold meals, including tea/coffee and scones, soup, freshly made sandwiches and confectionery.
PICNICS: A designated picnic area is provided adjacent to the car park. Food and drinks are not permitted on the museum site.
SHOPPING: The gift shop includes souvenirs and a selection of Northern Ireland craft products, including local foods and locally made jewellery, as well as premium brands such as Belleek Pottery and Ulster Weavers. The shop also sells traditional-style confectionary and holds an interesting selection of books on topics such as Ireland, emigration and the Irish American experience. For children, the shop offers a variety of novelty and educational toys, as well as a fine selection of books.
PARKING: A large car and coach park on-site which can accommodate up to 350 cars. Parking is free.
ACCESSIBILITY: Majority of the museum is accessible to wheelchair users, in most cases without assistance. It is not currently possible to provide physical access to the upper floors of some buildings. Accessible toilet.
GROUPS: Group rates available (minimum 15 people). Pre-booking required.
Located 6km (4 miles) north of Omagh on the A5 road to Strabane, just 45 minutes from Derry and 90 minutes from Belfast.
Goldliner Express Bus No. 273 from Belfast to Derry passes the main gates of the Ulster American Folk Park. The Express stops on request outside the main gates of the Folk Park.
The nearest local bus station is in Omagh, which also has a local service passing the Museum. In addition taxis are usually available at Omagh Bus Station.
2 Mellon Road, Castletown, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT78 5QU, Northern Ireland
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