Museums and Arts Centres

Whitehead Railway Museum

an image of a family visiting the Whitehead Railway Museum

Make Tracks for Whitehead and learn about the social history of railways – the early seaside excursions to places like Whitehead and also how people used to smuggle butter across the border. And fire your children's imagination by letting them dress up in Victorian-style costumes.

Whitehead Railway Museum, which was officially opened in October 2017, combines the past with the present.

You can get up close to some of the magnificent steam locomotives in the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland collection – a chance to step aboard the footplate of an 1879-built steam engine.

Don't miss the dining car which houses an exhibition about “Meals on the Move”, and the signal box, where you can pull the levers.

One of their five galleries is devoted to the social history of railways – the early seaside excursions to places like Whitehead and also how people used to smuggle butter across the border. And fire your children's imagination by letting them dress up in Victorian-style costumes.

On one of their one-hour conducted tours, you can see restoration work in progress on engines and carriages.

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Visitor Facilities

The museum boasts a period style tearoom – think Brief Encounter – which serves morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Opening times

10am to 4pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They offer conducted tours at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm on each of those days. They also hope to be open week of 12 February 2018 (half-term) while on St Patrick's Day (17 March), they will be running steam train rides on site.

Price

Admission to the Museum costs: £7 adults, £5 children, £6 concession with reductions for groups

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