Ulster Folk Museum

Ulster Folk Museum, Holywood: Hours, Address, Ulster Folk Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Ulster Folk Museum
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 Ulster Folk Museum.
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Belfast, UK279 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We are members of NMNI and love stopping into the folk park periodically. It’s nice that it’s familiar enough that the kids can determine the agenda and yet parents know all areas are interesting, informative, and safe.

Print shop man is always a delight to visit. No matter how many times the kids (ages 4-9 in our extended party) hear his stories, they truly enjoy visiting his shop. They are quiet and listen intently to what he has to say. He has a quiet, calm way about him that engages with the children and adults in a sincere way.

The weavers shop was open and active that day as well, and the kids (and adults!) we’re fascinated at this organ of fabric being played before our eyes. It was as much of a performance as it was an art. She, too, was kind and engaging to answer all our myriad of questions.

The blacksmith was not open this day, which is a pity as he’s also a big draw for our lot. He, too, engages with the children sincerely and manages to teach them loads and pique their interest in a very natural, conversational way.

In short, we love popping in for an hour or two to the excellent cafe. Or spending - as on this occasion - 5 hours just playing around the village square. Or taking a picnic to the countryside and enjoying the whole day!!
Written January 10, 2022
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Portstewart, UK78 contributions
Feb 2022
Visited mid-week early February so although it was dry it was rather cold.
Most of the exhibits were open with personnel available to talk about the history of the buildings, people and life from the times.
The pharmacist was particularly interesting as he was definitely living in the times of the building and couldn't compare the life of the times (1900's) to todays (2022) life.
The museum was fairly quiet, with only a few small school groups, and these stayed mainly in the town setting.
This was my second visit and I'll probably go back, but on a warmer day.
It can be a long walk around the complete museum.
Written February 9, 2022
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Manchester, UK37 contributions
Feb 2020
We bought a combined ticket for the Folk Museum & the Transport Museum which are more or less across the road from each other. A combined family ticket was only £4 more than a family ticket for one museum. There was plenty to see and do at the folk museum and we had to miss some of it out in order to spend some time at the transport museum as closing time is 4pm at this time of year. The transport museum was also very interesting. We had a good day out and found it value for money as we spent the whole day between the two museums.
Written February 28, 2020
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Belfast, UK97 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
What an awful waste of money. Had a booking to see Santa between 3pm and 3.30pm. Arrived at 2.45pm and more or less walked straight to the building for 3.05pm. We waited until 4.15pm to see Santa for less than 2 mins and when we got out everything was closed. Il never book this Santa visit again. What’s the point of booking if it takes an hour and then you miss the rest of the museum because it’s closed. Didn’t get to experience anything else at the museum. Extremely poorly organised.
Written December 19, 2021
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14 contributions
Feb 2020
i have no interestin transport , but my toddler has one word...choo choo and is obsessed with trains so we decided a family trip to the transport museam would help get it out of his system as aparantly riding a real train wasnt enough excitement...

naturally I was unenthusiasic to spend an hour looking at cars and trains i mean i look out my window and see cars I walk down the road and see trains how could they possibly make it interesting?

But they did, the whole day was a mind blowing experience and education on locomotoms at its finest and aviation masterpieces and automobiles and titanic which probally covered it better than the titanic museam

, they linked transport to things like war, geography , human development , disasters, social class etc so theres loads of slants not just this is a ford car from 1930 this is one from 1940 etc actually enjoyed it far more than kensington and w5 put together

all the rooms are circleish so its grand to let kids run about as theres not much way they can get lost. you can get on and off some exhibits . plus they have lots for kids to do too, little toys and play areas and jigsaws etc plus young kids under 5 are free which is bonus , nice to have a day out and not pay through the nose for it,

its £9 in for adult but for an extra £2 you can see the folk part of the museam, we didnt because we spent 4-5 hours in the transport part and needed food and it closes pretty early, (you could probally see the transport part in 2 hours but it was trying to drag my toddler away from the trains he just had the best day of his life and didnt want to leave them lol )

but hopefully next weekend get down to see the folk part as its reportedly the best part of the museam

if your going leave early in morning asit would take several hours to see both parts

ps if your wondering it didnt work ...his obsession is amplified and now im getting choochoo from both my los

ps its alot of walking especially hilly so bring good shoes and prepare to walk alot
Written February 24, 2020
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Lizzy Jane
Leighton Buzzard, UK6 contributions
Oct 2020
What a fantastic experience! You could easily spend the whole day there. Great value. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather - there is a lot of walking if you want to see everything, which wouldn't be great on a wet day. We visited during Covid19 so certain demonstrations were unavailable, but that didn't spoil it. There were several staff members in period costume who spoke to us with passion and knowledge. So lovely to meet people who clearly love their work. Really nice cafe where we had a light lunch. It was a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable day. Absolutely loved it and would highly recommend.
Written October 4, 2020
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Bronagh M
1 contribution
Dec 2021
Christmas at the Folk Museum 2021 was the most magical Christmas experience our children have ever had. We have visited serval Santa’s with our young family of 4 and none compare to the “real Santa” that our kids still fondly talk off. Santa spent lots of time chatting to the kids and finding out what they wanted for Christmas. Santa’s room was cosy and warm with the fire lit. Santa posed for photos with the family, nothing was a bother. Our five year old daughter was in utter amazement when Anna greeted her outside, she was so pleasant and spent time chatting to the kids etc. There was fantastic live music in the church to listen to and we finished off our day with buns and hot chocolates. All in all a 10/10 and we will be booking for Christmas 2022.
Written February 22, 2022
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Douglas H
Ballymena, UK261 contributions
Jan 2022
Went to the folk museum and had a good time even in the cold weather. Really worthwhile to see and very helpful staff throughout. Could do with the odd tidy up but I suppose it is that time of year. Would have liked to visit the Transport Museum as well on the one ticket but was unable to do so. It would be very expensive to do bot places on the one day, especially if you were a family of any size. Missed the fact that the blacksmith wasn't open as I would have liked to have seen it in operation. I fail to see that the photo for the folk museum shows the Transport museum. Had a nice bite to eat in the cafe - food very good as were the young staff.
Written January 5, 2022
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands12 contributions
Feb 2022
This was such an unexpected and amazing experience. The Museum was recommended by a friend of a friend who lives in Belfast. (She had donated an antique stove to the museum.) Such a great way to discover different aspects of Irish history and life. We were running a bit late so we only stayed for two hours so we will have to return when we are in Belfast again. Honestly, you will need at least four hours to see and do everything. The Museum has actors describing life in the different buildings and after one, my son stage whispered to me "Is she speaking English?" after which the actor dropped the heavy Belfast dialogue and spoke in a more neutral accent. Hilarious!
Written March 10, 2022
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SCOTLAND725 contributions
Aug 2021
You really want a dry day for this type of visit as all ‘exhibits’ are part of an outdoor walking route. That said exhibits are very well done as either original ‘reconstructions’ or copy reconstructions, The guides allocated to each exhibit were knowledgeable and helped inform your visit. Worth checking which exhibits are open as sometimes these can be closed due to prebooked events, for example.

The biggest let down by a mile was the cafe! Utter chaos seems to be in evidence with no one directing the services. No one clearing,/cleaning tables. Orders (taken on a paper pad) lost with resulting delay to food/drinks. Had run out of crockery. A twenty minute wait for a cup of tea, once ordered…. Totally unacceptable level of ‘service’ with long queues and long wait times for order delivery! There was plenty of staff in attendance, but no sense who was supposed to be doing what. Might be safer taking your own picnic than be faced with this chaos…
Written September 9, 2021
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Ulster Folk Museum is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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