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.
Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Market Square,
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

You might also like

  • Ballyholme Beach and Park
    Ballyholme Beach and Park

    Ballyholme Beach and Park

    gps_fixed 20.28KM

    Paddle in the surf along the mile long beach, a long time favourite for families to take a dip and build sand castles.

    Find Out More
  • Ballymenoch Park

    gps_fixed 8.9KM

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

    Find Out More
  • Moira Demesne

    gps_fixed 23.11KM

    Moira Demesne is a parkland offering beautiful walks, picnic sites and a children's play area.

    Find Out More
  • Ards Visitor Information Centre
    Ards Visitor Information Centre

    Ards Visitor Information Centre

    gps_fixed 15.08KM

    Make Ards Visitor Information Centre your first stop for places to visit, stay, and eat during your visit to Ards Peninsula and Strangford L...

    Find Out More
  • Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro
    Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

    Salty Dog Hotel & Bistro

    gps_fixed 18.8KM
    • star_rate
    • star_rate
    • star_rate

    Bangor's boutique hotel & bistro on the bay. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere where fine food isn't fancy food. Where stories are created...

    Find Out More
  • Bunk Campers

    gps_fixed 10.44KM

    Experience Ireland with the freedom and independence of campervan hire with Bunk Campers!

    Find Out More
  • Strangford Sea Safari

    gps_fixed 35.04KM

    A voyage on Strangford Lough is a must-do. Discover the lough, its scenery, its history and its incredible wildlife.

    Find Out More
  • Eikon Exhibition Centre

    gps_fixed 16.89KM

    Eikon Exhibition Centre is Northern Ireland's premier exhibition venue located at Balmoral Park.

    Find Out More
  • Mount Stewart

    gps_fixed 22.35KM

    Mount Stewart is one of the most inspiring gardens in the National Trust's ownership and the neoclassical house oozes opulence.

    Find Out More
  • Balloo Nature Reserve
    Balloo Nature Reserve

    Balloo Nature Reserve

    gps_fixed 18.33KM

    Perfect for a family stroll while looking at the local flora and fauna, Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve has a range of wildlife and plant life...

    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
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
Your settings have been updated. They will take effect next time you refresh the page.
Amend your settings for how distances are calculated.