Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
This award-winning museum is based in Lisburn’s oldest building, the 17th century Market House, in the centre of the city. It brings to life the history of the Irish linen industry and its importance to Lisburn.
The linen industry played an important role in the geographical, social and industrial heritage of Ulster. Experience traditional methods of harvesting and spinning of flax in the Flax to Fabric exhibition, learn how flax was grown and prepared, and watch expert spinners turn coarse flax into fine yarn. Visitors can try the spinning wheel for themselves.
Travel through the spinner’s cottage, and see how the whole family was involved in producing linen. Irish linen was famous worldwide, and visitors can admire fine samples of damask, or dresses by one of Ireland’s leading clothes designer.
Visitors can see the heritage of craft skills in the daily demonstrations of hand-spinning and hand loom-weaving and admire the treasured collection of damask linen and costumes.
There is a changing programme of temporary exhibitions which includes themes of local history, artworks and textiles. Regular children's activities include craft workshops and trails. Guided historical tours of the nearby restored 17th century Castle Gardens are available. Further details are available from reception staff.
The museum shop offers a wide range of craft goods and books as well as an opportunity to buy the finest quality Irish damask table linen with the exclusive flax flower design.
Cost: Free (nominal charge for children’s workshops). Donations welcome.
Directions to Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Only 300m from the rail and bus stations. Disabled parking is possible at the Museum and public car parks are within 50m.