The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is set in a large area of rolling countryside offering a wonderful day-trip down memory lane for all the family. One of Ireland’s leading visitor attractions, this museum creates a stimulating voyage of discovery for children of all ages.
Make your way to the Folk part of the museum for an extended tour of Ballycultra, the museum’s recreated town site that echoes back to the early 1900s. The guides are dressed in period costume and successfully bring the Northern Ireland of a century ago to brilliant and vibrant life, making this seem like a highly authentic experience of times gone by. About 50 buildings have been acquired from all parts of Ulster, they have then been restored and kitted out as they would have been at that time. Working buildings and exhibits transport you back to once common-place activities such as spinning, weaving and blacksmithing.
Time Honoured Skills
Open-hearth cooking, carpentry, wood turning, lace making, decorative needlework, basket making and hand printing are just some of the skills that can be seen on display at the Folk Museum. Visitors are encouraged to get involved with these talents and gain an understanding for these once-vital folk skills. These displays are enjoyed in the open-air and are brilliantly complemented by Folk Galleries who illustrate how Irish farming, food production, everyday activities, jobs and lifestyles have changed over time.
There is a second historical treat in store once you have exhausted the Folk side of your day out. The transport part of the museum presents a magnificent transport collection – Ireland’s finest – that ranges from an assortment of horse-drawn vehicles to Irish-built cars. Visit also the award winning gallery covering Irish railway history that contains some magnificent locomotives. Northern Ireland’s long and respected tradition of building ships and aircraft is not forgotten and there’s also a rolling programme of special interest that you could combine your visit with.
Highlight of the Day
Nearest train station : Cultra Holt
Car parking : Lots and it’s free
Website : www.nmni.com