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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty
(4.4/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Of the more than a dozen castles we visited on our trip to Ireland and Europe this was my favorite. It provided the setting to really understand life in a castle. It was wonderful for the time but bas...  more »
  • The Castle has been restored and is very interesting. However the Folk Park was a bit of a letdown and is over rated. The Folk park is more of collection of gift shops in old buildings than a historic...  more »
  • Visited today, we were really looking forward to our visit (esp the tea rooms and having an apple pie seeing as it's so highly rated) unfortunately the tea rooms don't open until lunch time and we wer...  more »
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  • One of the better indoor tours available. There was a lot of road construction when we went that made it a bit painful. Lots of parking, nice village to walk through.
  • 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!
  • Perfect place for a getaway. It is worth spend there 4-5 hours with children. The folk park, castle, fairy village are all great places and they usually offer programmes for the while family.
  • Wonderful place. During the day an absolutely great day out to go round the folk town and explore the castle. In the evening the medieval dinner is a unique experience in the actual castle. Not to miss if you're visiting the area.
  • I may have been spoiled by all the well-preserved castles found in Germany, but I think this castle was downright poopy. Not only was it generally unimpressive, but it was evident that nobody cared even enough to sweep up the dirt every now and then. The rest of the grounds are OK, but trumped up to be WAY more interesting than they really are. The website is also clunky and contains expired information.