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.

Flame – The Gasworks Museum of Ireland

44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8AT.
Tel: 028 9336 9575 .

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Ireland's sole surviving coal gasworks and is one of only three left in the British Isles. Opened in 1855, it supplied Carrickfergus with gas until 1965…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Carrickfergus Museum

Museum & Civic Centre, 11 Antrim Street, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 7DG.
Tel: 028 9335 8241.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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. The displays reflect the experiences…

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.
Tel: 028 9073 7813.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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.
Tel: 028 9076 6386 .

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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 .

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

7¼in. gauge 1.5km. Has steep gradients, embankments & cuttings as well as two bridges, twin track tunnel & a level crossing. Four steam locos plus others.

Railways / Miniature Railways

Downpatrick & Co. Down Railway

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

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Nestling under the shadow of the picturesque Down Cathedral, the railway currently operates through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty over approximately…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Giants Causeway & Bushmills Railway

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

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The last working water-powered linen beetling mill with hands-on demonstrations.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU.
Tel: 0845 608 0000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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.

  • Parking
  • 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.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • 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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