Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Step back in time and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Explore thatched cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum and discover majestic steam locomotives in the Transport Museum. 

Open Year Round.

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

Holywood, Co. Down (See Map Below)


A museum of international renown, the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum is regarded as being amongst the best of its kind in the world. Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside overlooking Belfast Lough, visitors can wander through the past and discover how people lived and travelled over the centuries.

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.

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.


The 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. 

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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU
T. +44 (0)28 904 28428

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Open Year Round

March to September: Tuesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 10:00 - 17:00

October to February: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00; Saturday - Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 16:00

Closed: Mondays (except Bank Holiday Mondays) and during Christmas - check their website for details. 

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Approx Visit Duration: 3 to 4 hours

Opening Times may be subject to change; check their website for updates.


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Tickets are guaranteed best value and are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase - for use during attraction opening dates and times.


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


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. Picnic areas are located throughout the museum. 


Two shops on site. Browse a range of gifts including Eden Pottery, handmade in County Down; locally made Shazam jams and chutneys; Belleek Pottery; and Ulster Weavers.  


Free car and coach parking on-site.


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.  

Partially indoor Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair access (partial) Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Baby Changing Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop
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