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Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Co. Down

Transport Loving Dad

Does Dad Love trains, planes, automobiles... and tractors?

Northern Ireland has plenty of great days out for Dad that will indulge his passion for all forms of transport.  Here's a taster.

• Watch Dad turn green with envy when he spies the iconic Delorean and other rare, locally built cars at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, County Down.  There are also steam locomotives, electric trams, scooters, motorcycles, buses, vans, lorries and fire engines and even aircraft!

• Visit Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh where Dad can enjoy an educational haircut as he learns all about local railway history!

Travel the stretch of line between Bushmills and the world-famous Giant's Causeway in style aboard the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Railway, on the North Antrim Coast.  Built to the narrow gauge of three feet, it runs for two miles along the track bed of the former Giant's Causeway Tram.

If your dad loves all things vintage, bring him along to The Abingdon Collection near Omagh, County Tyrone (visits by appointment only).  This private collection contains various classic cars and motorcyles, other automobilia as well as a welth of items relating to the Second World War.  The nearby Ulster American Folk Park, a fascinating open-air museum telling the story of Irish emigration to the New World, also has a transport-related collection. 

• You could bring your dad on a drive along the Harry Ferguson Trail in County Down, dedicated to the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane and also known for his role in the development of the modern agricultural tractor.  Attractions include a Memorial Garden located at the family homestead and the fascinating Ulster Aviation Collection (visits by prior arrangement). 

• Transport-themed events include Planes, Trains and Automobiles (15 June) at Mount Stewart in Newtownards, celebrating both vintage and modern classic vehicles, and Moira Depot Open Day (14 June), where Dad can tour the works' yard and see inside the 19th century railway station.

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