museums and attractions

Attractions in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has some interesting museums, including the rare Patterson's Spade Mill. Railways and transport museums abound too.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions.

Corn Mill & Sawmill

Castle Ward , Strangford, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 7LS.

  • Parking
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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Two mills – A 2-storey working corn mill, originally a tide mill, built in the early 1700s, and last worked commercially around 1920. Restored to working…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Gray’s Printing Press

49 Main Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8AU.

  • Part disabled access

Take a step back in time and discover a treasure trove of ink, galleys and presses hidden behind an 18th century shop front in the heart of Strabane, once…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Green Lane Museum

Roe Valley Country Park, 41 Dogleap Road, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, BT49 9NN.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Visitors can view historical exhibits relating to the linen and agricultural industries and experience the true flavour of days gone by in Limavady and…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Garvagh Museum & Heritage Centre

142a Main Street, Garvagh, Co. Londonderry, BT51 5AE.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum is a rural folk museum in the Bann Valley, which includes a chaff cutter, pony cart, agricultural tools and many items from the past. It is…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Barn Museum

Tannaghmore Gardens, Craigavon, Co. Armagh, BT66 6LF.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum houses the agricultural and social history collections of Craigavon Museum. There are displays on domestic life in rural areas, blacksmithing,…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

HMS Caroline

Alexandra Dock, Queen’s Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9DT.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

HMS 'Caroline' is one of eight C-class light-cruisers that were ordered under the Admiralty’s 1913-1914 construction programme. She saw action at the…

Transport / Maritime

Nomadic Belfast

Hamilton Dock, Queens Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9DT.

  • Part disabled access

The ss Nomadic – Tender to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world! Restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s…

Transport / Maritime

Museum at The Mill

Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT36 5QA.

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  • Full disabled access

The museum invites visitors of all ages to explore the history and heritage of Mossley Mill. Housed within what was originally the wet spinning floor of…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Whitehead Railway Museum

Castleview Road, Whitehead, Co. Antrim, BT38 9NA.

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The museum has five galleries which combines the past with the present, where you can get really close up to the historic steam locomotives and carriages…

Railways / Railway Museum

Flame – Gasworks Museum

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8AT.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Ireland’s only preserved Victorian gasworks that opened in 1855, and supplied the town with gas made from coal until 1967. It was subsequently used to…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Carrickfergus Museum

11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 7DG.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The finds on display provide a remarkable glimpse into life in the town from the Medieval period to more recent times. They reflect the experiences of…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Titanic’s Dock & Pump-House

NI Science Park, Queen's Road , Queen's Island, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9DT.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The dry dock where 'Titanic' was on the eve of her fateful voyage in April 1912. Tour the massive pumps that drained the dock in only 100 minutes as well…

Transport / Maritime

Titanic Belfast

1 Olympic Way, Queen's Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9EP.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Inside this iconic building, visitors will re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful maiden voyage and her eventual discovery…

Transport / Maritime

Drumawhey Junction Railway

Four Road Ends , 62 Upper Gransha Road, off B172, Co. Down, BT21 0LZ.
Tel: 028 9147 3948 .

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The line is the longest 7¼in. gauge railway in Ireland at 1.5km. It has steep gradients, embankments & cuttings as well as two bridges, twin track tunnel…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway

Market Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6LZ.
Tel: 028 4461 5779.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is Ireland's only 5ft 3in. (standard) gauge mainline heritage railway in the country. The railway currently operates through an Area of Outstanding…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Giants Causeway & Bushmills Railway

Giants Causeway Station, Runkerry Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, BT57 8SZ.
Tel: 028 2073 2844.

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  • Souvenir Shop

3ft gauge heritage steam railway, two miles in length, laid on the route of the former Giant’s Causeway tramway. Two steam and one diesel locomotives…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Wellbrook Beetling Mill

20 Wellbrook Road, Corkhill, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, BT80 9RY.
Tel: 028 8674 8210.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Nestling in an idyllic wooded glen offering lovely walks this, the last working water-powered linen beetling mill, offers a unique experience for all the…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

176 acre site incorporates both transport and folk exhibits. Transport exhibitions include: The Irish Road Transport Collection, the Irish Railway Collection…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Patterson’s Spade Mill

751 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, BT39 0AP.
Tel: 028 9443 3619.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Last water-powered spade mill in Ireland, founded in 1919. All original equipment in working order. Spade making demonstrations.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Headhunters Barbers Shop & Railway Museum

5 Darling Street, Enniskillen , Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7DP.
Tel: 028 6632 7488.

  • Part disabled access

Take a remarkable journey into the past bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life. Start a journey of discovery at the reconstructed Railway…

Railways / Railway Museum

Dundonald Old Mill

231 Belfast Road, Dundonald, Belfast, Co. Down, BT16 1UE.
Tel: 028 9048 5030.

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  • Souvenir Shop

250 year old building houses a family run Coffee House and Gift Shop. It has one of the largest waterwheels in Ireland – 32ft diameter, dating from 1850…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Armagh County Museum

The Mall East, Armagh, Co. Armagh, BT61 9BE.
Tel: 028 3752 3070.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Numerous small exhibits illustrating the local (i.e. South Ulster) history of water, rail and road transport, much of it documentary. Exhibits include…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

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