Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Experience life in a country town more than 100 years ago, and explore one of Europe’s most comprehensive transport collections.


Be transported back in time.

Experience what life was like in Northern Ireland over 100 years ago, and explore one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe. 

Wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum, where you will encounter costumed locals, demonstrating traditional crafts in cottages, farm dwellings, schools, and shops.

You’ll find majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages, vintage motorbikes, and cars at the Transport Museum, along with exhibits of historical materials including photographs of the Titanic.


ACCESSIBILITY

Arriving by public transport

There is a bus stop on the main road and a railway stop, Cultra Halt, beside the Transport Museum. Both public transport stops involve walking to gain access to the site. 

Please note that the railway stop has stepped access to the Museum and is not suitable for a visitor using a wheelchair. There is an alternative route to the Museum however this involves a steep incline and would take approximately 20 minutes to complete before arriving at the venue.

Distance to the Transport Museum is a downhill walk of approximately 10 minutes from the Bangor Road bus stop.

Distance to the Folk Museum is an uphill walk of 15-20 minutes from the Bangor Road bus stop.

There is no entry charge for visitors with access needs and their carer. Please inform the admissions staff on arrival. 

Arriving by car

Transport Museum car park

Car parking is a surface, open air car park with 300 spaces. There are 9 blue badge designated parking bays within this carpark. These are allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be pre-booked.

The nearest designated bay is 200 metres from the entrance to the museum.

The route from the car park to the entrance is on a flat surface and accessible to a wheelchair user.

Folk Museum car park

After passing a Security Kiosk, entrance to the main car park is up a steep hill.

Car parking is a surface, open air car park with 80 spaces. There are 15 blue badge designated parking spaces within this carpark. Theseare allocated on a first come first served basis and cannot be pre-booked.

The nearest designated bay is 20 metres from the entrance.

The route from the car park to the entrance is on a flat surface and accessible to a wheelchair user.

When the main car park is full, visitors are directed to park along the road within the Museum or at the entrance overflow carpark. Blue badge holders should make themselves known and Security will direct to available designated spaces or arrange drop off facilities. 

Visitors are welcome to drive from one car park to another to facilitate access to both Museums.

Getting around the museums

Transport Museum

  • The main entrance is flat, there are automatic doors with a push pad function to open
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to borrow and should be pre-booked in advance by calling  
    T: +44 (0) 28 9042 8428
  • All levels have ramp access and are flat surfaces
  • There are lifts into two galleries within the Land, Sea and Sky Galleries
  • Accessible toilets are available at the main reception, at the Tram Gallery and the Land Sea and Sky Galleries
  • Tables and chairs in the café are free standing

Folk Museum

  • The main entrance is an outdoor kiosk with flat surface
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to borrow and should be pre-booked in advance by calling the Visitor Information Centre on T:+44 (0) 28 9042 8428
  • The surface is uneven in places with cobble stone streets, pavement kerbs and hills
  • Many exhibit buildings are not on the level surface and have a step to enter. Limited ramp access is available at key locations
  • There are 2 accessible toilets available in the town area and 2 in the rural area. These are noted on the visitor map
  • Tables and chairs in the café are free standing
  • The size and layout of this outdoor museum may pose some difficulty for visitors with mobility issues


HOW TO REACH

Postal Address
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, BT18 0EU

Parking
Whether you’re coming by car, minibus or coach, you’ll find lots of parking. There are car parks at theTransport Museum, the Folk Museum and at Cultra Manor. We have dedicated spaces for Blue Badge holders in all our carparks. On event days we arrange additional car parking and transport. All on-site parking is free.

There are 2 Eco Car charging car parking spaces in the Transport Museum car park.

Public Transport
By rail:
The nearest train station is Cultra Halt which is on the main Belfast to Bangor train line. From there it’s a 2 minute walk to the Transport Galleries, or an uphill walk of about 15 minutes to the Folk Museum.

By bus:
There is a bus stop outside the museum entrance, on the main Belfast to Bangor road. Follow the path uphill to the Folk Museum for about a 10 minute walk, or downhill to the Transport Museum.


ADMISSION

Folk & Transport adult dual visit: £11.00
Folk & Transport child dual visit: £6.00
Folk & Transport senior citizen dual visit: £8.50
Folk & Transport student dual visit: £8.50
Folk & Transport family 1/3 dual visit: £22.00
Folk & Transport family 2/3: £29.00
Folk & Transport family 2/2: £29.00


VISITOR INFO

OPENING HOURS: next days Tue  10:00-17:00
Wed  10:00-17:00
Thu  10:00-17:00
Fri  10:00-17:00
Sat  10:00-17:00
Sun  10:00-17:00
Tue  10:00-17:00

ADDRESS:
Cultra
BT18 0EU Holywood
N Ireland
United Kingdom

EXHIBITIONS

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