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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  • August 17, 2017
    visit really very interesting, with on one side the Castle from the 15/16th century and the other the reconstitution of an Irish village of era. The Park is really well maintained. The playground, as well as the garden of fairies and animals like bcp to children. We took a snack (apple pie House and his cream € 4.90) in the small tearoom but watch it closed around 4:45... To do everything to be there soon enough, see the morning... because having arrived around 3 p.m., the extras were more present on the different points of the village, or the start... too bad! I recommend this family activity!
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  • August 16, 2017
    Visit recommended by our hostess of the B & B arrived to the opening time at 10:15, parking still available home in French by the cashier and leaflet in french available family for 2 adults 3 children about 45 euros ticket ticket combined access Castle and restoring park history of Irish habitat visit free Castle or with English guide staff in costume who put in the atmosphere one of the few castles visited in what concerns us that still has the medieval furniture maze of stairs spiral staircase in each of 4tours who liked a whole family but request mobility not to be missed: the Dungeon (indicated dungeon) the window that overlooks the great room main a 5 m high, the view from the top of the Castle, the room tudorienne for the Park part: musicians, costumed characters that tell the story of their home and even with a little of french authentic Habitats dismantled stone by doors and reassembled on the site (including a church) Street of village reconstructed with its traditional shops, playground and fairy land (home of the fairies) for youth in short a nice trip at the time who fell in love with the whole family
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  • August 16, 2017
    Wow. The steps inside the castle are narrow and steep. If you have even the slightest claustrophobic reaction DO NOT climb the stairs. It's very tight. The rest of the "folk park" is nice to stretch y...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful place for a walk & a step back in time.. Love the old style cottages with the open fires.. The castle is amazing & the tour guides are great story tellers.. We use to bring our children here to see Santa & Mrs Clause, it was magical to say the least..
  • July 10, 2017
    Great experience. Buy your tickets online to save on entrance. Study ahead what activities are being on display they day/s you plan to visit. It's no Williamsburg VA but it is more informative than most castle tours. Staff very helpful. You certainly get to experience the Gift shop going and coming.
  • June 14, 2017
    Initially I thought the 16.50 price only included the castle but come to find out there is an entire village located in the castle park which made it well worth the money. The castle was very interesting and one could visit almost every room. The village was a great experience to see how farmers and villagers lived in that time which depicted the poor and wealthy lifestyles.
  • July 8, 2017
    It's amazing place for everyone. The castle is beautiful as well. In the village all staff are very friendly. However in the photograph shop man is very rude and grumpy. Watch out for him. 😁 have a amazing day out.
  • June 28, 2017
    The castle is amazing, lots of passages and narrow spiral stairs to interesting rooms. Plenty to see at the folk park with farm animals, play park, tea room, live traditional music, licenced pub and daily activities. All in all I would say this an excellent value tourist/family attraction! ...I nearly but didn't share pictures the inside so as not to waste the experience! Get yourself along here.

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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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