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Explore the rich history of Irish linen through friendly guides, interactive displays, and live spinning and weaving demonstrations.

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.
  • Market Square
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT28 1AG

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Learn all about one of Ireland's most important industries
  • Visit an 18th century Irish cottage or re-live factory life
  • See live spinning and weaving demos, or try it for yourself!
  • Free guided tours of historic Lisburn and Castle Gardens
  • Dedicated workshops for groups, from Ancient Egypt to WWII

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