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Whitehead Railway Museum

Excursion Station, Castleview Road, Whitehead, County Antrim, BT38 9NA
A family of four standing on the platform talking to the driver of a blue steam train

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Are you looking for somewhere different for the kids this weekend? Or perhaps you have seen our 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.

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

Your trip is not complete without a visit to the charming Edwardian Tea Room. It’s the perfect spot to refuel with family and friends, serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of lunches. There is also a small gift shop for souvenirs.

Whitehead Railway Museum is just 30 minutes’ drive from Belfast and 20 minutes from Larne. Or why not make it a “railly” complete day out and travel by train along the scenic coastal line to Whitehead NIR? The station is just 10 minutes’ walk from the Museum.

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 “Steam Saturday” train ride takes 10 minutes and operates on demand, no need to book. It is an ideal way to sample steam train travel, with all of its aroma, sound and atmosphere.

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Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available


  • Picnic Area
  • Tea-room/Cafe onsite

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Toilets

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Euros accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Dogs accepted by arrangement

Travel & Trade

  • Family Discount

Guide Prices

Adult £7.00
Child £5.00
Concession £6.00
Toddler Free

Family (2+2) £20.00

Group and Education prices available on request

Standard price:
Adult £7.00
Child £5.00 (3-16 years)
Toddler £6.00
Family (2+2) £20.00
FOC Member/Volunteer £5.50

Groups (10 or more people)

Group Adult £6.00
Group Child £4.00
Group Concession
£5.00 Education
£4.00 Child/Adult
£1.00 Workshop


Saturday, 9th December 2023 - Sunday, 10th December 2023

Saturday, 16th December 2023 - Sunday, 17th December 2023

Saturday, 23rd December 2023 - Saturday, 23rd December 2023

Train with engineers in front of it with Santa looking at themVictorian Santa Experience @ Whitehead Railway MuseumCome on down to Whitehead by the coast and enjoy one of the most unique Santa experiences in the country. Be transported back in time to enjoy a short trip in a heritage carriage hauled by our Guinness steam engine. Be thrilled by the wonderful decoration before heading to our carriage set to find…
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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 14:30

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Platform 3 at Whitehead Railway Museum, WhiteheadThe quaint and cosy Platform 3 cafe is located in the Station Building of Whitehead Railway Museum in the heart of Whitehead and is the perfect place to refuel.

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