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CULTRA: Times gone by...

Karin is an award-winning writer, editor and publisher of Christian and secular works in Europe and the USA.

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Maybe I can indulge in a little bias here...the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum definitely makes it onto the Top Ten list and here is why. This museum encapsulates the 'old ulster' within the folk museum. There is the unique opportunity to experience life back in the 'good ole days' and all in one place! The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum prides itself in restoring buildings and even streets back to their former glory.

A Brief History

  • Created by an Act of Parliament in 1958
  • In 1998 the two museums merged with The Ulster-American Folk Park becoming The National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland
  • It is renowned for also hosting the main film, television and sound archives for Northern Ireland, including Irish Language
  • The only exhibition in Ireland that has genuine artifacts from the RMS Titanic

What to See?

There is plenty to see as you walk around this unique museum. You are literally transported back in time and professional actors enable you to experience life back in the 1800's & 1900's Ireland. You can visit a 'croft' or a school and become a pupil for a while, you can watch a woman spinning and the one thing you will take away with you is the smell of the Irish Peat burning on the open fires.

You will probably need to take 2 days to really enjoy and appreciate both museums as there is a special Titanic Exhibition at the Transport Museum which has gained extraordinary popularity in recent years mainly because there genuine artifacts recovered from the seabed as well as other artifacts from sister ship The Olympia a 'must see' list item! Apart from all the modes of transports throughout the years one that has a definite American connection is the DeLoren car, made famous of course by the very popular 'Back to the Future' movies!

Cultra 2021

Karin's Tips

Here are some guidelines when travelling to Cultra:

  • Golden rule plan and book well in advance.
  • Belfast George Best Airport is nearest airport.
  • Cultra is on the main arterial route into Belfast and the Titianic Quarter so there is lots for the kids to do in the evening at the Odyssey Arena for instance.
  • Depending on the season you can check out tickets for the local professional Ice Hockey Team - The Belfast Giants who are based at the Odyssey.
  • There are 24 hour gas stations and food malls if you need them but can be difficult to negotiate for first timers. Recommend getting local taxi first time then you will know the route!

Where can I stay?

'Must try' - Why not combine the nostalgia of visiting the center and staying in one of the most historic hotels in the area that dates back to 1600 AD and has the original thatched roof portion still on display? You need look no further than the wonderful The Old Inn, Crawfordsburn. Only a stone's throw away from Cultra, The Old Inn is a 4 star treat with a long history to it! Beautifully and tastefully decorated themed rooms have all the facilities you could wish for and more. The housekeeping is world class to ensure that your room is inviting and every effort is made to ensure you have a unique experience. The award winning food is welcome on anyone's palate and the character of this gem of accommodation will complete and compliment your stay in Ireland.

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© 2021 Karin McBride-Chenoweth


Karin McBride-Chenoweth (author) from United States on October 11, 2021:

Thanks Peggy. They have literally taken down villages and rebuilt them the way they were in an idyllic setting. It's a great day out for the family. Picnics galore!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2021:

That looks like it would be a fun place to visit. Thanks for writing about it and inserting that video.

Karin McBride-Chenoweth (author) from United States on October 11, 2021:

Yes. It occurred a few years ago around the same time the Titanic Museum opened so that is probably why Liz

Liz Westwood from UK on October 11, 2021:

We visited Belfast before the Titanic Museum was open. It has been on our list for a return visit ever since. I was unaware of the linked museum.

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