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Family Portrait at the Ulster American Folk Park

DAY TRIP 3 - Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Williamsons head Stateside - in Omagh!

Williamson Family at Ulster American Folk Park, County Tyrone Grandparents And Kids

(l-r: Dad Neil, Mum Grace and boys, Marc and Daniel)
(l-r: Marc, Daniel, and Grandparents)

This week we headed to the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. This trip was a little different as we were hooking-up with Grace’s parents, Rachel and Robert, who live in Omagh - visiting the Folk Park was the perfect day trip to get us all together. 

Folk Park Post OfficeWe live in Belfast so we took the Goldline 273 from the Europa Buscentre to Omagh town centre - using the Translink Family Day Ticket this cost just £18.50 for all of us and we were able to use it for all our travel on public transport that day. We met with the grandparents and all took the Goldline service from Omagh to the Ulster American Folk Park. Travel is completely free for seniors with a valid 60+/65+ Senior SmartPass, so Granny and Granddad didn’t have to spend a penny.

The 20 minute journey took us directly to the Park. Showing our Translink ticket entitled us to a buy one get one free on admission as part of Translink’s Super Summer Savers discounts! This meant we only had to buy one adult and one child ticket which was fantastic value!  Senior citizens also get free entry into the Park! 

Traditional Baking at the Ulster American Folk ParkEstablished in 1976, the Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air museum providing a ‘living history’ experience that tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. Contained within the Park are around 30 buildings with ‘villagers’ in period costumes demonstrating all kinds of authentic day-to-day tasks of the era such as bread making, cooking, arts, crafts, embroidery and spinning.

The sun was shining and the Park was bustling with visitors which really added to the atmosphere. Granny was gasping for a cuppa so before we set off on our epic journey back in time we made a quick a stop at the Museum Coffee Shop to fuel up.

A must see is the Ship and Dockside Gallery where you can board the Brig Union, a reconstruction of an early 19th century sailing ship which carried emigrants to America- the boys were really impressed by this. 

There is so much to see at the Ulster American Folk Park. We spent four hours exploring the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ world. One last thing we just had to do was get a family portrait. It’s not everyday you get the chance to dress-up in full period costume. It’s wonderful to have a snap-shot of the family, grandparents included, on this memorable day out!

  • Opening hours for Museum- April to September Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm; Sundays & public holidays 11.00am - 5.00pm. October to March Monday - Friday 10.30am - 3.30pm. Closed weekends and public holidays.
  • Entry Fee- Adult £6, Family tickets range from  £12 to £17, Children 4 years & under Free, Senior Citizens Free.
  • Remember - On presentation of a valid Translink ticket you can receive one free admission when a second admission or equal value is purchased.
  • For further information log on to www.folkpark.com.

The children say:

“We had a brilliant day at the museum. Granny and Granddad kept reminiscing of ‘back in their day’ and it was amazing to see just how things have changed. A real highlight was dressing up for the family portrait..."

Getting there:

Bus connections to and from the Ulster American Folk Park run regularly from Omagh Town Centre. For information on all train and bus timetables log on to www.translink.co.uk or call the Translink Call Centre on 028 9066 6630.

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