Ulster American Folk Park
Ulster American Folk Park
4.5
Historic SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established in 1976, Ulster American Folk Park tells the story of Irish emigration to North America over two centuries. Comprising of over 30 original buildings lovingly moved and restored in situ from across Ulster and North America to create the journey through time and locations, including a full-size replica of a migrant ship marking the crossing between the Old and New Worlds. The Park was originally developed around the Mellon House, the birthplace of Thomas Mellon, the founding father of the Mellon banking dynasty. Experience live interpretation across the site including demonstrations of heritage crafts skills such as linen weaving, blacksmithing, candle-making, printing and open-hearth cooking.
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  • May B
    Kilkenny, Ireland1,290 contributions
    Give it tons of time.
    I had time to spare in Omagh. We have driven past the park a few times . And always meant to stop. But because it was always on the way to or from somewhere else we never did . This park is worth a trip for its own sake . Leave as much time as you can . I was kicking myself I hadn’t left longer . It is really done well. It’s divided in 3 areas. The Ulster part , the preparations for emigration and the New World in America . The Omagh area like lots of the North didn’t suffer the Great Famine years as much as other places. But the potato failure did hit in the area. You get to visit lots of different buildings , a small peasant cottage , a larger farmer’s house , churches from a Protestant tradition and Catholic one a school, the shops an emigrant would visit before passage to America and then the New World buildings . I didn’t get to those because time ran out . And I didn’t get photos of the shops and things because my phone battery ran out . On my next visit I will have battery and time on my side . There’s a lot of walking and the ground is bumpy in places . There was a lady who got a mobility scooter on loan from the visitor centre while I was there . Some of the buildings aren’t accessible to the scooter though. There are staff in many of the buildings who are in character and will explain about the buildings . They will also answer questions. Another lady that I kept bumping into was American and asking the staff questions for a book she was writing. Leave time to look around the shop . I spent a solid fortune there. My daughter is called Brigid and they had an exhibition called “ Bad Brigid” so I bought it . But I got lots of other books as well as lovely crafts. There’s a cafe as well . I didn’t have time for it but it seems to have a nice menu .
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 March 2023
  • Robyn_Morgan
    Hove, United Kingdom59 contributions
    Interesting, informative, moving and entertaining
    This is a great place to visit. It takes you from pre-twentieth century Ireland to America through the eyes of the Irish who left Ulster and emigrated to America. The homes, shops and school they left behind, a replica of the sort of ship they crossed the Atlantic in and the homes and shops they built in the US. Staffed by wonderful people bursting to tell you the stories of those years. Throw in a cafe with excellent food and drink and you've got a great day out
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Graham C
    Leek, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Brilliant, so much better than the website would lead you to believe.
    We decided to visit on a showery afternoon and we're more than pleasantly surprised! All the staff in the buildings were very engaging and knowledgeable, especially the chap who described the voyage to America 😁 Overall, far more and much better than we were expecting. Would recommend 👍🏻
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Sam
    Rugeley, United Kingdom28 contributions
    My most favorite Museum
    Well let me tell you how much I personally love this place as a major history buff! Ive been 6 times over the years because its just amazing! And I had the pleasure of bringing my children for the first time recently and they loved it as much as I do, great inexpensive day out for the family! Educational and Fun!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • ruthandvern
    Wilton, California15,442 contributions
    Outstanding in every way.
    This was our favorite of things to do in Omagh! We were there about five hours, and I took about 500 pictures! The money and caring to move the 30 buildings and rebuild them on-site for the public education and enjoyment is amazing. The three families highlighted, Mellon, Hughes and Campbells over a two-century timeframe is remarkable. Success, prosperity and an Archbishop of New York that manifested St Patrick's Cathedral is very impressive.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia4,811 contributions
    A great park to walk around and enjoy
    We really loved walking around this park for a couple of hours. So many different old thatched roof dwellings to visit, Quite a few of them had people working in them like in the old days. We chatted to the housewife doing the cooking on an open fire, sampled the bread, delicious. The blacksmith was great, a real funny guy who got visitors involved, the school teacher and school room brought back memories. Lady in the grocery shop was eager to chat and the little cottage with the turf/peat fire explained all about the cutting and drying of the product ready for the fire, learnt a lot from her . They place is well spread out , came across a couple of friendly donkeys. The place is all about the immigration of Irish people to America and what they went through at the time of the potato famine. There is a very good visitors centre and gift shop. The centre has information on many people who immigrated and what sort of life they had in America. Visit and learn about this time in Irish history
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Stormfront5
    Norfolk, United Kingdom57 contributions
    Informative and enjoyable visit
    Visited the Folk Park on a drizzly day and it was a perfect place to choose. Short walks between all the buildings, many of which had people in them sharing information about the history of the building and the families that lived there. The three sections of the park with the local buildings first, followed by the emigration journey and then the American buildings was the perfect way to tell the story. Indoor exhibitions were also extremely informative. The only downside was that the cafe was full at lunchtime with several coach parties, who due to the weather were sitting there waiting to board their coach. We ended up leaving to find food elsewhere and then came back to finish off our visit. Perhaps some thought could be given on how to overcome this?
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • mickmorant
    47 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely informative place. Living history at its absolute best. Well-informed, helpful guides talk you through the history of each building from the old country through the journey of the Irish emigrants to their new lives in America. Brilliant day out for families or adults
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Luna Louise
    5 contributions
    Don’t pass it by! Great experience.
    Brilliant day out. We didn’t read every fine detail but if you want to take it all in leave at least 3/4 hours to do so. The village really takes you back in time and attention to detail was appreciated in all areas. The staff were professional, interactive and in character which I loved. The open fires and smoke chimneys made it feel real. I loved how in the confectionery shop you could buy real sweets. Facilities were great and parking was good. Great attention to detail and value for money unlike a lot of attractions in NI.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Caroline M
    Portmarnock, Ireland16 contributions
    Brilliant day out!
    Just back from spending a few hours at this park. There were a small group of us with children ranging in age from two to eleven. This park exceeded my expectations. There was loads to see and the staff were all very friendly. We all liked the staff members in the houses that you could interact with rather than just reading about the houses. The day flew in and the only problem was we left it too late to eat in the cafe. We arrived in the cafe at 3:30 and there was no savoury food available only coffee and cakes. It would have been nice if the cafe stayed open a bit later than the park!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
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Cristín R
Budapest, Hungary7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a fun experience! There is so much thought and enthusiasm in this place. I loved getting the history from the actors dotted about the park. Would highly recommend for family’s and couples wanting to learn about Irelands past.
I had a truly wonderful time!
Written 9 February 2024
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2020vision
Dundonald, Belfast.3,954 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a great day , even on a dull and cold Thursday in Winter it was a very enjoyable outing .
Everyone was very welcoming, the girl who welcomed us at Reception especially .
The people in costume were all very willing to share their knowledge .
Lots to see and well signed .
The soup and scone in the café were delicious .
Highly recommend a visit .
Written 2 February 2024
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Caroline M
Portmarnock, Ireland16 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Just back from spending a few hours at this park. There were a small group of us with children ranging in age from two to eleven. This park exceeded my expectations. There was loads to see and the staff were all very friendly.

We all liked the staff members in the houses that you could interact with rather than just reading about the houses.

The day flew in and the only problem was we left it too late to eat in the cafe. We arrived in the cafe at 3:30 and there was no savoury food available only coffee and cakes. It would have been nice if the cafe stayed open a bit later than the park!!
Written 4 January 2024
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Luna Louise
5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Brilliant day out. We didn’t read every fine detail but if you want to take it all in leave at least 3/4 hours to do so. The village really takes you back in time and attention to detail was appreciated in all areas. The staff were professional, interactive and in character which I loved. The open fires and smoke chimneys made it feel real. I loved how in the confectionery shop you could buy real sweets. Facilities were great and parking was good. Great attention to detail and value for money unlike a lot of attractions in NI.
Written 2 January 2024
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Karen P
Magherafelt53 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We absolutely love it here and take every opportunity we can to visit as a family. This time we were there for a Halloween event, and just like last year, it was amazing. Would highly recommend for all ages, all year round.
Written 30 October 2023
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mickmorant
47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyable and extremely informative place.
Living history at its absolute best. Well-informed, helpful guides talk you through the history of each building from the old country through the journey of the Irish emigrants to their new lives in America.
Brilliant day out for families or adults
Written 27 October 2023
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Stormfront5
Norfolk, UK57 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Visited the Folk Park on a drizzly day and it was a perfect place to choose. Short walks between all the buildings, many of which had people in them sharing information about the history of the building and the families that lived there. The three sections of the park with the local buildings first, followed by the emigration journey and then the American buildings was the perfect way to tell the story. Indoor exhibitions were also extremely informative. The only downside was that the cafe was full at lunchtime with several coach parties, who due to the weather were sitting there waiting to board their coach. We ended up leaving to find food elsewhere and then came back to finish off our visit. Perhaps some thought could be given on how to overcome this?
Written 24 September 2023
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,811 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We really loved walking around this park for a couple of hours.
So many different old thatched roof dwellings to visit,
Quite a few of them had people working in them like in the old days.
We chatted to the housewife doing the cooking on an open fire, sampled the bread, delicious.
The blacksmith was great, a real funny guy who got visitors involved, the school teacher and school room brought back memories.
Lady in the grocery shop was eager to chat and the little cottage with the turf/peat fire explained all about the cutting and drying of the product ready for the fire, learnt a lot from her .
They place is well spread out , came across a couple of friendly donkeys.
The place is all about the immigration of Irish people to America and what they went through at the time of the potato famine.
There is a very good visitors centre and gift shop.
The centre has information on many people who immigrated and what sort of life they had in America.
Visit and learn about this time in Irish history
Written 20 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karen T
Gairloch, UK8 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is an excellent museum that tells the story of emigration from Ulster through the stories of three individuals. The permanent exhibition in the visitor centre gives a lot of background information about why and how people emigrated and the influence that Ulster folk had on the USA in its young nationhood. It is very interesting, though a little dated and there is a lot of reading.

The bulk of the museum’s exhibits are outdoors. Houses which have been reconstructed in the park show what life was life for the emigrants before they left for the new world and after they arrived. It is a super achievement to maintain these buildings and all the land, animals and objects that go with them. The staff who man the buildings add a lot to the experience by telling stories and answering questions.

The museum cafe is delightful and they helpfully made me something I felt like eating that wasn’t on the menu. The shop is also very good, having a range of products that is relevant to the museum’s location and theme.
Written 20 September 2023
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA15,442 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
This was our favorite of things to do in Omagh! We were there about five hours, and I took about 500 pictures! The money and caring to move the 30 buildings and rebuild them on-site for the public education and enjoyment is amazing. The three families highlighted, Mellon, Hughes and Campbells over a two-century timeframe is remarkable. Success, prosperity and an Archbishop of New York that manifested St Patrick's Cathedral is very impressive.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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