Belfast & Northern Ireland

Whitehead Railway Museum

Are you looking for somewhere different for the kids this weekend? Or perhaps you have seen their steam trains out and about and want to see the engines close up?  For a unique day out, why not make tracks to the award-winning Whitehead Railway Museum?  

Located on the Causeway Coastal Route just 15 miles from Belfast, the Museum is the place to go if you want to rub shoulders with the giants of steam and learn how the railways changed society.

The Museum is wrapped around the workshops of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland so you can watch as restoration work takes place.  You can step on board several historic carriages and locomotives from the Society’s collection.

Five fascinating galleries are brought to life by video and interactive displays. And a children’s play area enables younger visitors to fire their imaginations by dressing up in Edwardian-style clothes. They can make believe they are train drivers and passengers! 

Complete your trip with a visit to the charming Edwardian Tea Room. It’s the perfect spot to refuel with family and friends.  

Whitehead Railway Museum is just 30 mins’ drive from Belfast and 20 mins from Larne. Or why not make it a 'railly' complete day out and travel by train along the scenic coastal line to Whitehead NI Railway Station just 10 mins’ walk from the Museum.  

Summer Steam Saturdays
As a special attraction over the summer, a steam train will be offering rides up and down the siding within the Museum from 12:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays in July and August. The train ride takes 10mins and operates on demand, so no need to book. It is an ideal way to sample steam train travel, with all its aroma, sound and atmosphere.


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Thu-Sat 10:00 - 16:00, Sun 12:30 - 16:00. 1hr guided tours 11:00, 13:00, 14:30. Tea Room open 10:15 - 15:45.

Price/Additional Info

Adult £7, 3-16 £5, Conc. £6, U3 Free, Family (2+2) £20. Educational, group bookings and children’s parties welcomed. Please email for details.


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