Ballycastle Museum exterior

Ballycastle Museum

Free to all

Explore Irish history and crafts at Ballycastle Museum in Antrim, housed in an 18th-century courthouse and market building.

Ballycastle Museum is a treasure trove of local history housed within a beautiful 18th-century building that once served as a courthouse and market. Located in the town centre, the museum is a popular destination for anyone interested in the rich heritage of the region.

Arts and Crafts

Explore the story of the late 19th-century/early 20th-century Irish Homes Industries Workshop, a vital part of the Arts and Crafts Revival movement in Ireland. Exhibits showcase the workshop's role in the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, highlighting the exceptional craftsmanship of the era.

Bronze Age finds

The museum also houses a collection of Bronze Age archaeological finds, artefacts providing a window into the lives of the earliest inhabitants of the region. Alongside these are Neolithic finds from Rathlin Island.

Symbolism and celebration

One of the museum's most prized possessions is the magnificent Taise Banner, dating back to the first Feis na nGleann, a cultural festival celebrating the nine glens of Antrim, held in 1904. The banner serves as a powerful symbol of local identity and artistic expression.

Cultural hub

Ballycastle Museum ialso serves as a vibrant hub for the local community, regularly hosting events and programs that promote cultural understanding and appreciation.

Visitor information


Ballycastle Museum

59 Castle Street, Ballycastle, Antrim, BT54 6AS
02829 762942

Free to all

Opening times

Museum Open: April, May, June & September:

Friday & Saturday 10 – 5

Sunday 2 - 5

July & Aug:

Monday - Saturday 10 - 6

Sunday 2 - 6

October – March: Closed for winter.

Visitor information

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