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Congratulations! The Christmas lights may be packed away and the New Year’s Eve sparklers have all fizzled out, but that new engagement ring is still shining bright. For those who got engaged over Christmas or New Year's, the thrill of starting a life together is undoubtedly at its peak. Now, it's time to channel that excitement into the wonderful world of wedding planning. And what better way to begin than by finding the perfect venue for your special day?

Enter National Museums NI, offering a range of unique and enchanting backdrops for your wedding celebrations. With distinctive venues, including the iconic Ulster Museum and the historic Cultra Manor, your wedding is set to be a truly memorable experience.

Ulster Museum Wedding Showcase – Wed 10th Jan, 6-8pm

For couples who appreciate the beauty of art and culture, the Ulster Museum is an ideal choice for your big day. To help you envision your dream wedding, the Ulster Museum is hosting a Wedding Showcase on Wednesday 10th January from 6 to 8pm. This evening provides couples with the opportunity to explore the various spaces within the museum. Take the opportunity to visit the Belfast Room, one of the museum’s original galleries, with its polished parquet floor and private entrance hall. Imagine saying ‘I do’ amongst the art or choose to use the space as a beautiful blank canvas for your own décor. Admire the sky-high ceilings of the architecturally awesome Atrium where your guests can mingle and dance the night away surrounded by history.

Come along to the Ulster Museum Wedding Showcase on Wednesday 10th January, to meet the best local wedding suppliers and chat to the dedicated Wedding Team about planning an unforgettable wedding at the Ulster Museum.

Cultra Manor Wedding Open Day – Sun 21st Jan, 11am – 4pm

Cultra Manor is nestled exquisitely in the grounds of the Ulster Folk Museum. Its graceful Edwardian charm puts guests at their ease as they relax in its high ceilinged, beautifully lit and stylishly ornate rooms. You can explore each space in this stunning country home-from-home, at Cultra Manor’s Wedding Open Day on Sunday 21st January from 11am – 4pm. The Open Day is an opportunity for couples to explore the enchanting grounds and picturesque interiors as well as imagining the fun photo opportunities throughout the Ulster Folk Museum, with complimentary access to the museum on the day. Wander the cobbled streets in Ballycultra town with vintage sweet shops, romantic cottages, a silent cinema and more, and take the opportunity to discuss your vision with the experienced Events Team who are dedicated to ensuring your wedding day is magical.

Planning Your Big Day with National Museums NI

As you embark on this exciting journey, National Museums NI can guide you every step of the way. They’re pros at hosting weddings and they understand that there is no 'one size fits all' approach. The teams at Ulster Museum and Cultra Manor will work with you as a couple to dream up a day that reflects your personal style.  

Tickets for the Ulster Museum Wedding Showcase and the Cultra Manor Wedding Open Day are free and can be booked online at, or just come along on the date to explore these unique venues.  If you can’t make either event but you’re still considering National Museums NI venues for your wedding day, you can visit or email the team at


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