Description

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.

location_on
  • 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

Visit Santa at The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum

30 Nov - 24 Dec 2019

Come along to The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum to visit Santa in his Victorian Grotto.

Find Out More

You might also like

  • Titanic Belfast
    Titanic Belfast
    Attractions

    Titanic Belfast

    gps_fixed 2.72KM

    Titanic Belfast is the world's largest Titanic visitor experience and a must-see on any visit to Belfast and…

    Find Out More
  • Beacon of Hope
    Beacon of Hope
    Attractions

    Beacon of Hope

    gps_fixed 0.95KM

    Thanksgiving Square is an area of public space in Lanyon Place, Belfast based on Thanksgiving Square in Dallas,…

    Find Out More
  • Titanic Public Art: The Masts
    Titanic Public Art: The Masts
    Attractions

    Titanic Public Art: The Masts

    gps_fixed 0.23KM

    Eight well-known Belfast-made ships are represented by spectacular sculptured masts that line the east side of Donegall Place.

    Find Out More
  • Ward Park
    Ward Park
    Attractions

    Ward Park

    gps_fixed 30.67KM

    A perfect park in the centre of Bangor and an ideal spot to enjoy the local wildlife and…

    Find Out More
  • CS Lewis Square
    CS Lewis Square
    Attractions

    CS Lewis Square

    gps_fixed 4.25KM

    Rediscover The Chronicles of Narnia with a walk through CS Lewis Square, a public space commemorating the Belfast-born…

    Find Out More
  • Ballymenoch Park
    Ballymenoch Park
    Attractions

    Ballymenoch Park

    gps_fixed 13.02KM

    A beautiful park perfect for families, located only a short distance from Holywood.

    Find Out More
  • Castle Ward
    Castle Ward
    Attractions

    Castle Ward

    gps_fixed 46.19KM

    See the gothic and classical collide at Castle Ward, an eccentric 18th century mansion resting on a rolling…

    Find Out More
  • Jordanstown Loughshore Park
    Jordanstown Loughshore Park
    Attractions

    Jordanstown Loughshore Park

    gps_fixed 10.69KM

    Located in Newtownabbey on the shores of Belfast Lough, enjoy panoramic views from Belfast to Bangor at the…

    Find Out More
Ask Us
Ask Us

We're here to help, so if you can't find the info you're after, or you just want to ask a really odd question, then we're here for you.

Ask A Question

Ask a Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
arrow_upwardBack To Top
In order to display distances relevant to you, we'd like to be able to use your GPS location. Privacy Policy
In order to display distances relevant to your current position, we'd need to be able to use your GPS location. To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
You have previously denied access to your GPS location. In order to allow access to your location, you need to update your site settings through your browser settings to allow this site access to your location.

To find out more about how we use your location, please read our Privacy Policy
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
By default, all distances on the site are calculated from Belfast City Centre. You can choose a different starting point here, or specify your own.
Open 'Ask a Question' window Close 'Ask a Question' window

Ask a Question

X

Hide this tool

Open 'Sign up for Newsletter' window Close 'Sign up for Newsletter' window

Visit Belfast Newsletter

X

Sign up to the Visit Belfast newsletter and receive inspiring ideas, events and offers which showcase the best of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Sign-Up

Hide this tool