Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you experience life from over 100 years ago. Chat to costumed visitor guides as they demonstrate traditional crafts and meet farm animals in the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Discover more than 500 original artefacts at TITANICa and loan objects from RMS Titanic recovered from the bottom of the icy Atlantic and the original ship plans.

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 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.

  • 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
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Mar to Sept, Tue to Sun 10:00–17:00
Oct to Feb, Tue to Fri 10:00–16:00
Sat to Sun 11:00–16:00
Closed Mon except Bank Holidays


Admission Prices 2019:

Rates for park and museum
Adult: £11.00
Concession £8.50
Child: £6.00
Child (U5): Free

Family (2 Adults + 3 Children): £29.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and 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.

ACCESSIBILITY: 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.

Getting There

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.

Map Location: 54.648647, -5.798718
Contact Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU, Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0)28 9042 8428
E: info@nmni.com
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