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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  • Great day out. Little cottages to explore, with real fires which was appreciated in March! Although out of season (no price reduction?) it was a nice escape. Saw a gift shop and café. Stairs are reall...  more »
  • While the weather wasn't the best during our visit, the castle & assiciated historical village is a must see if you are in the area. Some of the stairs inside the castle are narrow & steep, so make su...  more »
  • Our experience of folk parks has previously been superficial and disappointing ; not so here. An immersive day out where you can really see and feel what it must have been like to go home to the poor ...  more »
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  • Our kids loved this place. Between following the numbers on the map to climbing the windy stairs up the castle they had a good adventure. The playground is nice too and the kids would have spent longer but for some rain showers. The fairy village part is nice but needs some work to make it feel less forced.
  • What a beautiful place! You could easily spend a whole day here and would need to if you want to check everything out throughly. The castle is awesome and takes you back in time. The tea is delicious as is the Victoria sponge. There are animals to see and even a cute little fairy garden for children. A great place for the whole family to enjoy. Highly recommended!
  • Magical, enthralling place! The folk park is incredibly detailed; a day doesn't feel like long enough to explore everything. Information is clear and plentiful, so you can really immerse yourself in the history. The castle is nothing short of astounding. (Mind the steps, though. They're pretty steep!) I could go on forever about all the wonderful and fascinating things you can see here. Suffice it to say it's an experience not to be missed. Parking, cafe, shop and facilities are also 5 star.
  • Nice clean visitors centre with lots of Irish products. Coffee shop was busy as we called at lunchtime. Fantastic car parking facilities Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to do the castle tour. Would definitely recommend a visit but you would a few hour's to see it all.
  • It is such an amazing place. So much to see in the folk park, you need a whole day there to take in the castle and folk park. The attention to detail is fantastic! You can also eat there in the cafe off the gift shop, there are several toilet facilities within the park and plenty of parking outside of the park. The admission is €13.50 per person, not sure of the cost for children or groups. They also have banquets in the castle every couple of nights from the middle of March to the end of the Summer. The staff dress in the costumes of the period of the castle. I'm not sure of the exact nights but they have a website you can check. I will be going back there for the banquet night when they start up again, such an amazing and enjoyable place to visit I can't wait to go back!
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