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Come down and see the home of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) and its locomotives.

This fascinating five-gallery museum provides an exciting opportunity to rub shoulders with the giants of steam. You can step onto the footplate of a heritage steam engine and learn how it works, walk through several historic carriages and observe from a viewing gallery as restoration work takes place on locomotives and coaches. The museum is the perfect place to hear entertaining stories about the railways of yesteryear and to learn about how the railway companies transformed society more than 100 years ago.

On selected summer Saturdays you can enjoy steam train rides at Whitehead Railway Museum between 11am and 4pm. The train runs a short but nostalgic trip up and down the track that gives you a chance to have a quick sample of the steam train era. Check the website at www.steamtrainsireland.com for dates.

Located on the Causeway Coastal Route, in the seaside town of Whitehead, the museum is just 40 minutes from Belfast and 20 minutes from Larne. But why not make it a “rail” day out and travel there by train? That means you can enjoy the views as the train travels along the coastline. Whitehead NIR station is a short 10 minute walk from the museum.

You can explore the museum at your leisure, aided along the way by the knowledgeable guides who will be on hand to help with any questions. They all have a rich knowledge of Irish railway heritage.

The Museum is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 2:30pm (last entry). Limited spaces are available on guided tours at 10.30am, 12pm and 2pm (times may vary depending on volunteer availability). You can also self-guide at any time.

Tickets are available online or in person at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, or you can turn up and buy them over the counter at Platform 3 Café in the Museum.

Audio Tour: Bring along your own headphones and smart phone and you can enjoy our brilliant Audio Tour.

Video Tour: Click here to view a short video all about Whitehead Railway Museum.

Food and Drink

The beautiful Platform 3 Cafe is open Wednesday through to Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Something to suit all tastes from morning coffee to a freshly cooked lunch and afternoon tea. See the Platform 3 Facebook for details.

Facilities

Toilets are available throughout the site.

Accessibility Guide

The Museum is fully accessible with lifts and wheelchair accessible toilets. Our pre-visit accessibility guide will prove helpful.

If you need any extra help on your tour please don’t hesitate to contact one of the guides.
  • Castleview Road
  • Whitehead
  • Antrim
  • BT38 9NA

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Sit in the driver’s seat on the footplate of a 100-year-old steam locomotive
  • See if you are strong enough to pull a lever in the signal box and change the signal arm
  • Feel like royalty as you stroll through a luxury saloon carriage in which the Queen once travelled
  • Hear the story of how a railway disaster in Armagh in 1889 led to improved safety measures worldwide
  • Enjoy a snack at Platform 3, our period style railway refreshment room

Whitehead Jazz Evening

30.16 KM
Sat, 27 Jul 2024, 8:00pm

While away a summer evening listening to jazz on the excursion platform, with jazz performed by their friends The Crescent City New Orleans Jazz Band 6…

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

30.16 KM
Sat, 03 Aug 2024, 11:00am

Bring your teddy, big or small, and treat it to a short ride in a carriage that is hauled by the steam engine ‘Guinness’.

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Steam Saturday

30.16 KM
10 - 17 Aug 2024
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Come on down to Whitehead by the coast, the home of steam in County Antrim.

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Wee Critters

30.16 KM
Sat, 17 Aug 2024, 12:00pm

Enjoy a 45-minute experience with a variety of ‘Wee Critters’ and learn about their habitats and how you can help to look after them.

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Diesel Experience – B142 Re-launch

30.16 KM
Sat, 31 Aug 2024, 11:00am

Come down to Whitehead Excursion Station and help them celebrate the launch of their only diesel engine – B142.

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