Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The Transport Museum comprises the most comprehensive transport collection in Ireland. It includes ‘The Flight Experience’, an interactive exhibition developed in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace featuring aviation and the aerospace industry. The activities of local pioneers Harry Ferguson and Lilian Bland are highlighted. Other transport displays include the Irish Railway Collection, road transport exhibits, a ‘Titanic’ exhibition and a recreation of an Ulster town of the early 1900s.
A Short Sealand is now undergoing restoration by the museum, and the nose section is now viewable from the display area. The Ferguson Monoplane reproduction has some original parts, including the pilot’s seat.

Directions

At Cultra Manor, near Holywood, on the A2 Bangor road, 7 miles north east from Belfast city centre, County Down. Well signposted.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

March to September: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays. October to February: Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays.

Admission:

For Transport Museum: See official website for details. Additional charges apply for Folk Museum.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled, education & conference centre.

Ferguson Monoplane cockpit.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Ferguson Monoplane side view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
McCandless M4 G-ATXX front view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
McCandless M4 rear view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Ferguson Monoplane IAHC.6 Reproduction Displayed
G-ATXX McCandless M4 G-ATXX Complete Displayed
G-BKMW Short 360 G-BKMW Cockpit Displayed
G-AKLW Short Sealand G-AKLW Nose Displayed
XG905 Short SC.1 XG905 Complete Displayed

More Information

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9042 8428. Website: The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

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Short SC.1 front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Short SC.1 side view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)
SD360 nose front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) SD360 nose rear view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)

Short Sealand G-AKLW nose (photo, Jeremy Briggs)

Ulster Aviation Collection

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The museum is run by the Ulster Aviation Society, which aims to preserve the province’s aeronautical past. A large number of artefacts and photographs are exhibited, in addition the aircraft listed below. Originally located at Langford Lodge airfield under the name ‘Ulster Aviation Society Heritage Centre’, the Museum was forced to close in late 2004 and put all its exhibits into storage. Fortunately, a new site at Long Kesh has now been secured and the museum is being re-established. It is not yet open to the public.

Directions

At Long Kesh Airfield, on Halftown Road, off the A3 Lisburn to Lurgan road. Also reached from the A1 Lisburn to Newry road, by turning off at Hillsborough and following Culcavy Road, which goes under the M1 and becomes Halftown Road.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

The new site is not yet open to the public.

Admission:

See official website.

Amenities:

To be advised.

Display cabinets (photo, Paul McMaster) Sea Hawk FB.3 WN108 (photo, Paul McMaster)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
EI-BUO Aero (Lavery) Sea Hawker EI-BUO Complete Displayed
XM414 BAC Jet Provost T.3A XM414 Complete Displayed
EI-BAG Cessna 172A EI-BAG Complete Displayed
WZ549 de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ549 Complete Displayed
XH131 English Electric Canberra PR.9 XH131 Complete Displayed
G-MJWS Eurowing Goldwing G-MJWS Complete Displayed
XA460 Fairey Gannet AS.4 XA460 Complete Displayed
JV482 Grumman Wildcat V JV482 Complete Displayed
WN108 Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 WN108 Complete Displayed
XV361 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XV361 Complete Displayed
G-RENT Robinson R22B G-RENT Complete Displayed
G-BDBS Shorts 330 G-BDBS Complete Displayed
G-14-1 Short SB.4 Sherpa G-14-1 Fuselage Displayed
G-BTUC Shorts Tucano G-BTUC Complete Displayed
202 Sud Aviation SA316B Alouette III 202 Complete Displayed
G-MZHM Team Hi-Max 1700 G-MZHM Complete Displayed
XR517 Westland Wessex HC.2 XR517 Complete Displayed

More Information

Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh Airfield, Halftown Road, nr Sprucefield, Lisburn, BT27 5RF. Website: Ulster Aviation Society

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Buccaneer S.2B XV361 (photo, Maurice Auld) Tucano G-BTUC (photo, Maurice Auld)
Wildcat V JV482 (photo, Raymond Burrows) Vampire T.11 WZ549 (photo, Paul McMaster)

Thanks to Michael McBurney of the Ulster Aviation Society for permission to use these photos.