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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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Offering visitors a chance to attend a genuine medieval banquet, Bunratty Castle and 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. Add Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to your Bunratty travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Bunratty vacation trip planner.
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  • We followed the Rick Steve's guidebook as we created our own custom tour through Ireland. And we followed all his advice except one point - he said skip this because it is too touristy. We disagree - ...  read more »
  • This castle is original but the rest of the site has been reconstructed to show the type of buildings and life style from bygone years. It is very much a tourist trap but not bad if you know and under...  read more »
  • This was an awesome experience! It was very neat to view the castle and then walk around the grounds. It really gave you a great look at what the town may have been set up like back in the day. I high...  read more »
  • The jewel in the crown of County Clare family activities, BUNRATTY CASTLE is a real treat. There is a period village within the complex where craftsmen & women carry on as they did in times past baking bread, weaving, threshing, milking & making cheeses. There is also a portion where shops-- apothecary, post office, shops, tea houses, pubs, etc. are all operating as they did in days of old. Bunratty also boasts a castle in extraordinary condition that can be toured and, if one desires, return to of an evening for an authentic Medieval Dinner complete with a King & Queen, courtiers, musicians & dancers... and a feast, of course. You arrive to a glass of mead (locally produced) and a multiple harp entertainment by lovely ladies in medieval costume (a real treat!) and it only goes on to make for a terrific evening out. Durty Nellie's, a great Irish pub, is just next door for for a pint & grub as well if the pubs in Bunratty are full.
  • This place is cool with a bunch of different types homes to check out. They have like a old fisherman's' cottage and a peasants cottage. There's a a little town with a school house and a post office. But the coolest thing was the castle! You really get to explore this place. Its not your typical "stand behind the red velvet rope and look" but more of a "squeeze your fat 21st century butt up these circular staircases and try not to panic as you imagine living in these crazy enclosed spaces"! With out a doubt is it worth a visit!
  • Our family (husband and four children, aged 11 - 16 years old) visited Bunratty Castle and Folk Park last week. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We booked online and the entry price was very good value for six people. Staff were warm and welcoming. Many thanks for a great day out.
  • Visited for the medieval banquet on Saturday night. Absolutely fantastic experience. Food was good but the singing and entertainment was top notch. One of my favorite experiences in all of Ireland without a doubt. Would highly recommend.
  • Had a fantastic time at bunratty castle today it's a fantastic spot. We had a 3 & 1 year olds with us,plenty for everyone. The playground is super, animals all around and the fairy village is just the best ever! Well done to whoever created it! We cannot wait to go back 😍
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