Fun for all the family exploring the past. Cultra Review

Nothing rivals a spring day spent outdoors with friends exploring beautiful parklands and learning about traditions of times gone by, and Cultra Ulster Folk and Transport Museum will provide such a pleasure. Visit the Website

On a bank holiday, the visitor attraction is a hive of activity. First impressions are positive with friendly and welcoming reception staff, plus the added bonus that entrance to both museums cost only £9 for adults and £5 for children.

Boredom isn’t an issue inside the museum with plenty to keep all age groups entertained. Buying sweets the old fashioned way in an authentic sweet shop or visiting an old style cinema are some of many things to discover in old style Ballycultra town. Visitors can also ‘receive their sentence’ in court or be sent to the ‘dunce corner’ of the traditional schoolroom. However if mischievous behaviour is not befitting of you, then the church house, with the singing of traditional psalms, would be more appropriate.

Other spectacles include an old time police station, drapers’ shop, and a carpenters’ workshop where visitors will observe a costumed guide demonstrating his trade. There are special activities provided on holidays. A magic show will keep the children intrigued while others experience Victorian style fashion by dressing up in traditional clothes.

When exploring living conditions and countryside of yesteryear, visitors can appreciate the luxuries we have today. Inspecting small houses that typically would have homed large families, while turning a hand to making soda bread and butter from scratch, you can gain an excellent impression of life 100 years ago. On the farm, visitors can pet pigs, lambs and chicks plus roll Easter eggs, an activity not just enjoyed by the children! The museum’s Facebook page will give further details of special events.

The Transport Museum is an impressive building with many attractions. However one drawback is transferring between Ballycultra and the Transport Museum. There is a complementary shuttle bus that operates between the two museums however, this is small and often runs at irregular times, meaning that a long, uphill walk is necessary back to the carpark.

Facilities are first class with a 4* restaurant on site and many public toilets. Opening times are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday from May through September, therefore with all its various attractions, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum provides a great day out for everyone.

For other great days out, visit Discover Northern Ireland.

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