Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty

Offering visitors a chance to attend a genuine medieval banquet, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park hosts four-course dinners accompanied by traditional harp, pipe, and fiddle music. Located on the site of an old Viking settlement, the hulking castle houses a vast collection of medieval furniture and art, which you can explore on your own or as part of a guided tour. The adjoining folk park boasts over 30 reconstructed buildings, including a forge, pub, post office, and blacksmith's shop. As you stroll through this replica of a 19th century Irish village, look for costumed actors demonstrating traditional jobs and crafts. Book your banquet reservations well in advance, and leapfrog the lines by buying your park tickets online. Put Bunratty Castle & Folk Park into our Bunratty planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This castle gives one a real sense of what it was like to live four or five hundred years ago. After getting to the second floor go to the right and take the staircase up. As you climb and eventually ...  more »
  • This castle was built around 1425 and is furnished with furnitures of the 11th century eXVI. To meet you pay a fee and did tour with some interesting explanations. The buildings have enough stairs and the last admission is 16 hours. In this castle Medieval banquets that need recently and are in two shifts: 17.30 and 20.45, if there is demand. From May to September, has traditional Irish night with dances and songs with homemade food and wine. Requires booking. Around the castle is a beautiful park called Folk Park and is very interesting, worth a visit.
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  • Visited Bunratty Castle recently. My son and his friend loved it. 9 and 6 years old. Nice grounds to walk around also and it was interesting for them to see the old houses and how people lived years ago. They enjoyed seeing some animals, the castle, canons the playground etc.
  • I visited during a hosted tour with Railtours and it was nice. I thought the inside of the castle itself was feeling quite rundown and tired though. Knowing it’s a historical landmark, I get why it wouldn’t be brand new and that’s not what I mean. But I’ve been in a great many historical landmarks because I work in travel and most feel well preserved, cared for and loved but this one felt a bit more like it’s just being let go perhaps. Not cared for enough. That being said, I enjoyed visiting it because I love anything history-related. I also thought the park around it with all the reproduction houses representing styles from across the Republic of Ireland was a nice way to learn about what things used to be like. It’s pretty in Spring when I visited with lots of flowering trees and flowers. The Pygmy goats were also cute and quite friendly. There’s also a rather nice gift shop that’s a good place to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. Make sure you take the time to visit the top of the castle during your free time after the guided tour!
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