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It is International Museum Day today and so we thought that we would share with you some of the wonderful museums and historical sites for you to visit near us. History is for all ages and something exciting to be shared. Enjoy exploring interactive displays, fact finding, living history days and more.

Whether you a visiter to the local area or this is your home, we are sure that you will enjoy the list of places to visit here…

 1. Ulster Museum  (10.3 miles away)

Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Egyptian Mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors.  From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands on activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast.

Opening Times 

Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Monday – Closed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays)

Admission Fees: Ulster Folk and Transport Museum  (14.5 miles away)Step back in time in and uncover a way of life from 100 years ago. Discover cottages, farms, schools and shops as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum chatting to costumed visitor guides demonstrating traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse drawn carriages, electric trams, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars 

March to September
Tuesday to Sunday10.00 to 17.00
MondayClosed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays throughout the year)

*The Museum is open on Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year

Admission Fees: 3. Titanic Belfast  (8.4 miles away)

Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. 

Make your way through the 9 interactive galleries of the Titanic Experience, explore the symbolism of our iconic building with The Discovery Tour, dine in Bistro 401 or browse for an exclusive gift in our Titanic Store. Walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel – SS Nomadic or immerse yourself in the historic Slipways as you uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.

Opening Hours Summer:

April – May 9am – 6pm
June, July, August9am – 7pm
September9am – 6pm

Admission Fees 4. Ulster American Folk Park (81 miles away)Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship leading to the log cabins of the American Frontier.  Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.

March to June
Tuesday to Sunday   10.00 to 17.00
MondayClosed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays throughout the year)
July and August
Monday to Sunday   10.00 to 17.00
Open 7 days a weekDuring the summer months of July and August, we are pleased to invite you to join us Monday to Sunday!
Tuesday to Sunday   10.00 to 17.00
MondayClosed (except for Northern Ireland Bank Holidays throughout the year)

*The Museum is open on Northern Ireland Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year

Admission Fees: Irish Linen Centre and Linen Museum (17.3 miles away)This award-winning museum is based in Lisburn’s oldest building, the 17th Century Market House, in the centre of the city. It brings to life the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Lisburn.

The Irish Linen Centre Offers:

  • FREE guided tours exploring the history of Irish Linen
  • Expert guides, and live demos of weaving and spinning
  • FREE workshops, from WWI to Ancient Egypt. The Museum makes an ideal day out for groups, schools and community groups.
  • Great museum shop, stocked with linen and local history books
  • Surrounded by fantastic places to eat

For details on opening times, news and events at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, check out

Opening Hours

Open all year. Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm (excluding certain Bank Holidays) 6. Sentry Hill  (1 mile away)Sentry Hill is a 19th century farmhouse in the parish of Carnmoney, County Antrim. Sentry Hill has been long associated with the McKinney family who first came from Scotland to Ireland in the 18th century. James McKenzie, a highlander who took part in the Jacobite Rising of 1715 fled to Ireland in 1716 with Helen Campbell, his fiancée. The Campbell clan had fought on the Hanoverian side and Helen’s family were opposed to her marrying a ‘rebel’. James and Helen were married in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church in 1717 and it was not until the 1780s that a grandson, Andrew, occupied Sentry Hill.

Opening Times

April, May, June and September:
Tuesday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm
(last tour 3.45pm)
Public Holidays 11.00am to 5pm

July and August:
Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 2.00pm to 5.30pm
(last tour 4.15pm)
Public Holidays 10.30am to 5.30pm
Closed Good Friday and 12th July

Admission Fees:

For a list of further museums and places of interest take a look at Visit Belfast Website for more information:

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