Free tours for conference delegates

Patrick Steel, 04.06.2018
Explore Belfast, Derry, Downpatrick and Dublin
Delegates at the Museums Association's (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2018 can take advantage of five free bus tours on Saturday 10 November, and free entry to selected venues on 10 and 11 November.

Free entry is available at Crumlink Road Gaol, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Ulster American Folk Park, The Giant's Causeway, HMS Caroline, Carrick - a Rede Rope Bridge, Castleward, and Mount Stewart. Titanic Belfast is offering a 50% discount to delegates. 

A tour of Belfast's museum and heritage centres includes Crumlin Road Gaol, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, lunch in Ballycultra Tearoom, and a guided tour of the Transport Museum.

A cultural and political tour of Belfast will take in a guided tours of East and West Belfast, with lunch in Culturlann.

A tour of Derry/Londonderry will visit the Tower Museum and Derry's Walls, followed by lunch in Guildhall, then afternoon tours of Siege Museum and the Museum of Free Derry.

On the Downpatrick tour, delegates can tour National Trust property Mount Stewart and the National Portrait Gallery’s touring exhibition, Votes for Women, take the ferry to Strangford, and tour Down Museum, St Patrick’s grave, Down Cathedral, St Patrick’s Centre, and Downpatrick and Co. Down Railway Time.

In Dublin, delegates will receive a guided tour of 14 Henrietta Street, EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum, and GPO Witness History.

"These tours are a great opportunity for delegates to learn more about culture and heritage in Northern Ireland and Dublin," says Lorraine O'Leary, the MA's conference and events manager. "Delegates will be able to network, share best practice, and gain real insight into the Irish and Northern Irish museum sector. 

"If you are thinking of attending conference then these free tours on Saturday will be the perfect complement to the themes and debate in the sessions on Thursday and Friday."

Buses for delegates wishing to take one of the tours will leave from Belfast Waterfront on the morning of Saturday 10 November.

The free guided tours must be pre-booked: booking information will be available soon.