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Ulster Folk Museum, Holywood

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Simulating life 100 years ago, Ulster Folk Museum gives visitors a historical Irish cultural experience. The folk section dedicates 69 hectares (170 acres) to a selection of old Irish buildings and dwellings, collected from all over the country and rebuilt brick by brick. Stroll through Ballycultra, a recreated Ulster village, as you chat with costumed guides. The transport section houses an extensive collection of horse-drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire engines, and vintage cars, telling the story of transportation in Ireland. The Irish Railway Collection features 150 years of railway history. The museum houses a permanent Titanic exhibition documenting the construction, voyage, and sinking of the vessel. A visit to Ulster Folk Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Holywood trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • What is really disappointing in this place is the potential is completely missed. The folk museum was created back in the 50s to preserve a way of life that was rapidly being phased out by modernity.....  more »
  • I have been here before but it is was brilliant again. The reconstructed buildings (business premises eg blacksmiths/churches/schools etc) are fascinating bringing the past to life with interesting.....  more »
  • I've been here 3 times in 2 years and still have not seen everything. The village is well preserved and staff who take on different roles of people from that age are very, very good. The different rooms definitely tell a story especially when you learn about the different families that owned certain houses and the lives they lead. The cage is definitely worth a visit for lunch as even when busy, the manager knows how to clear tables in an instant so you're never left standing with your meal or told to go elsewhere due to having no space. The food is also very good and well worth it. The village is really large and probably takes more than 1 trip to see it all. There are big lush fields, apple trees and so many quaint houses to view that one trip is definitely worth it.
  • This place is an absolutely amazing insight into times gone by. Great way to look back into the history and of Irish culture and how things were back in the day!! Museum is really well put together and comes reasonably priced with a great wee map to help you see it all. Also need to mention the staff who help reenact the past with their great costumes and vast knowledge.....great day out thanks to all!!!! Only downside and reason for a four star rating and not a five is I was with someone in a wheelchair and found parts of the museum unapproachable for them! This isn't due to the buildings it's more the difficult descents getting to some of them.
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