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Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9266 3377
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Don't bother with guft shop!

Museum is small but interesting. Coffee shop serves tasty snacks and is aituated right in the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MiserableMyrtle
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Small local museum

Curiously for such a staunch unionist area, calling itself the Irish Linen museum and not the the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Martin F
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Explore Ireland’s industrial heritage in the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum’s award-winning exhibition ‘Flax to Fabric: the Story of Irish Linen’. Trace the history of linen production in Ulster, from the earliest times to the present, and see live spinning and weaving demonstrations. Visitors can also learn about the early development of Lisburn in the Museum’s ‘Making of a Town: 17th Century Lisburn’ exhibition. The Museum offers free tours of historic Lisburn and Castle Gardens, as well as a range of free educational workshops for groups, including WWII, Ancient Egypt and Science Week. Contact reception for bookings. Please note: the Assembly Rooms and Old Market House galleries are currently closed while the building undergoes extensive renovation. They will re-open for your enjoyment in early 2014.
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Market Square, Lisburn BT28 1AG, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9266 3377
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"interesting displays"
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"both sides"
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"local history"
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"answer questions"
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"couple of hours"
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"worth a visit"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum is small but interesting. Coffee shop serves tasty snacks and is aituated right in the centre of the city. The gift shop has some lovely souvenirs but their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Wanted to buy a few linen gifts for...More

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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear MiserableMyrtle, Many thank for the review of the museum. I'm sorry you had a bad experience in the shop, please contact reception and we will rectify this. Many thanks Ciaran

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Curiously for such a staunch unionist area, calling itself the Irish Linen museum and not the the Ulster Linen museum is surprising. Not a big place but not somewhere to rate as a must see. Gift shop and coffee shop gets more footfall.

Thank Martin F
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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed March 15, 2018

Fantastic visit for our small group. Seen this place advertised and have been in the shop but never visited the museum before. Our guide was brilliant and he certainly made it more interesting than just browsing ourselves. Truly well worth a visit to learn about...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit a lot of articles on the Conflict of W W 1 by old news reels etc with uniforms of the day also the forming of the UVF and Irish Regiments who fought in the Somme.

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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Thanks for the kind review Alan!

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Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

The linen centre is a must-see for those interested in textiles, and the staff were very helpful and willing to answer questions. The negatives of this place are in its description of the history of the town. Its plantation is presented as an uncontroversial matter...More

Thank Alex P
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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2018

Alex, thanks for your review, we appreciate your feedback. We will be more fully exploring the burnings in Lisburn in the 1920s in an exhibition in 2020.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Brilliant little museum! Walk through Northern Ireland’s colourful past, showcasing both sides. The museum is well laid out and has some truly fascinating artefacts The only downside is finding the entrance, you have to walk through a shop and there are little to no signs...More

Thank Robert B
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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2018

Thanks for the review Robert. We do have large entrances on both the north and south of Market Square.

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Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Nice museum on the history of Ulster linen industry and the museum itself has plenty of artifacts on WW1 the Battle of the Somme and the Irish War of independence /the Ulster League and Covenant /Ernest Blythe /Bulmer Hopson so both sides of the community...More

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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Thanks so much for the kind review Tony!

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Reviewed December 23, 2017

I traveled to Northern Ireland to visit the homeland of one of my ancestors. Upon learning that their trade was flax farmers for the linen industry, we traveled to visit the museum. It was beautifully done and the staff was helpful in allowing me to...More

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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

LuAnn, many thanks for your kind review, and we're delighted you enjoyed your visit! Thanks

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Fantastic Place to visit in the centre off Lisburn City showing the History of the linen Industry in N Ireland.. Great for Adults and children alike and offers A café Shop and toilet facilities

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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2018

Thanks for the kind review bdearnaley!

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Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

A quick visit to look around the shop. Well stocked and a good variety of gifts at reasonable prices

Thank Mary W
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Ciaran_Lisburn, Manager at Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2017

Thanks mary!

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