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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  • We explored the castle and did the tour of the entire village. We both thought this castle was so cool especially because you can go all the way to the top and get a great view of the town.  more »
  • The castle is famous for its commercial medieval banquets, offered since 1963, at which the "Bunratty Castle Entertainers" perform. Bunratty castle celebrates its fifty fifth anniversary of hosting th...  more »
  • We flew into Shannon airport and drove north to Cliffs of Moher. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park was the perfect stop on the way from the Cliffs to County Kerry. The castle is very neat to visit because...  more »
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  • Good place to spend a few hours with family or friends. The village is great. There is a tea room and a restaurant in the park, a souvenir shop where you can buy Aran jumpers, gloves, scarves, chocolate etc,a place where you can research your family name.There's a playground for kids and a picnic area. The castle is nice but not wheelchair accessible. The entrance price is reasonable and slightly cheaper if you buy online. There's restrooms and changing facilities.
  • Loved the castle and village walkthrough! Such an amazing castle. It really takes you back through time because the rooms and stairs are original (and a little bit of a tight squeeze!) We also had dinner at the castle which was AMAZING. Once in a lifetime for sure. The village is great. You'll see several cottages of the time and in the handful of shops here, everyone working is so nice and helpful
  • Great place to get a sense of Irish life in the 1700s and 1800s. Both time periods are represented in two different villages. Also, many things for the kids including the best fairy village ever!! Beautiful place just to take a walk, grab a bite to eat, or be a tourist. Love this place! And yes, there is shopping with the tourist in mind. A great place to spend an hour or a day!
  • Amazing experience. Most castles of the medieval period are in ruin. This one has undergone a fair amount of restoration and contains period furniture and art. Seeing these pieces in their proper context brings a sense of history you wouldn't find if they were on display in a museum setting.
  • This place is one of the gems in the west of Ireland. Unfortunately, it may get overlooked, as people generally only stay in the area as it is quick access to the Shannon Airport. The castle here is quite amazing and one of the most complete you'll find in Ireland. It has a very bloddy history that many will be interested to hear from the historians that give tours. The folk park is overshadowed by the castle, yet is a must see as a replica of the way things were in the 1600's. If you are around in the evening, the castle hosts dinners in the medieval theme that are quite entertaining with tasty food. All in all, Bunratty shouldn't just be a stopover point for quick access to the airport, but a destination for those interested in historical castles.

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Where to stay in Bunratty

Though most tourists simply pass through Bunratty by bus, stopping only to see the Castle and Folk Park, you will find several bed and breakfasts and hotels here. If you want to spend the night, choose a spot in the town center near the pubs, restaurants, and tourist shops. From the very touristy town center, you can easily make your way to the area's top attractions before heading out to see the rest of the region.
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