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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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