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Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Review

Devoted to the province's social history, the excellent Ulster Folk and Transport Museum vividly brings Northern Ireland's past to life, and has been increasingly popular since the installation of a Titanic exhibition in 2012. The Folk Museum first invites you to visit Ballycultra—a typical Ulster town of the early 1900s—which comes alive thanks to costumed guides who practice such regional skills as lace making, sampler making, spinning, weaving, wood turning, forgework, printing, open-hearth cooking, carpentry, basket making, and needlework. The setting is evocative: a score of reconstructed buildings moved here from around the region, including a traditional weaver's dwelling, terraces of Victorian town houses, an 18th-century country church, a village flax mill, a farmhouse, and a rural school. Across the main road (by footbridge) is the beautifully designed Transport Museum, where exhibits include locally built airplanes and motorcycles, as well as the iconoclastic car produced by former General Motors whiz kid John DeLorean in his Belfast factory in 1982. The museum is on the 70 acres of Cultra Manor, encircled by a larger park and recreation area.

As for "TITANICa: The People's Story," this £1 million photographic and artifact exhibition explores the liner's history. More than 500 original artifacts are on display as well as letters, brochures, and postcards, and there's even a first-class chamber pot from the great liner itself. A trail links the permanent transportation galleries to the special People's Story show in the outdoor Folk Museum. Visitors explore the living-history experience of the Titanic and its times through people's daily routines, with a spotlight on hearing stories in the period before, during, and after the maiden voyage of the doomed ocean liner.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 153 Bangor Rd., 11 km (7 miles) east of Belfast on A2 Cultra, BT18 OEU | Map It
  • Phone: 028/9042–8428
  • Cost: £7 single-site ticket, £8.50 dual-site ticket
  • Hours: Mar.–Sept., Tues.–Sun. 10–5; Oct.–Feb., Tues.–Fri. 10–4, weekends 11–4; last entry 1½ hrs before closing; public holiday Mon., 10-5
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  • Location: Belfast
Updated: 04-10-2013

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