Whitehead Railway Museum, which was officially opened in 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 our 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 our one-hour conducted tours, you can see restoration work in progress on engines and carriages. The museum boasts a period style tearoom – think Brief Encounter – which serves morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Museum Publicity Leaflet

Promotional video of the Museum

Video tour of the Museum


If you are planning a visit to the Museum then why not download our audio tour guide to your phone? It will take you along a route to all the exhibits and will ensure you will miss none of our fantastic sights.

Download Audio Tour


The Museum is fully accessible by the mobility impaired.

We want to make sure everyone who visits us feels welcome. If you need any extra help on your tour please don’t hesitate to contact one of our guides.


The Museum is open every Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm (last tour 2:30pm).

Tour times:

Self-guided tours can be made using the Audio Tour.

If preferred, guided tours are available at no extra charge - guided tours are at 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm A tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

The Tea Room will be open until 3:45pm.

(20% discount if bought with any online purchase of Belfast-based trains)

Tickets may also be purchased at the Museum
(20% discount is available on production of a valid current NI Railways ticket)

Ticket Cost
Adult £7.00
Child* £5.00
Concession** £6.00
Toddler*** FOC
Member/Volunteer £5.50
Family (2+2) £20.00
Group Adult**** £6.00
Group Child £4.00
Group Concession £5.00
Education Child £4.00
Education Adult £4.00
Workshop  £1.00

* A child is 3 to 16 years
** A concession is a person who is over 60, unemployed or a student
*** A toddler is under 3 years
**** A group consists if 10 people or more (Group leader will have free entry)

A member or volunteer must show their ID.

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