Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
4.5
09:00 - 17:30
Monday
09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30
Thursday
09:00 - 17:30
Friday
09:00 - 17:30
Saturday
09:00 - 17:30
Sunday
09:00 - 17:30
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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. This is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. Bunratty Castle Welcome to Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Bunratty Folk Park Enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub! meet the village characters, sample some freshly baked bread by our resident Bean an Ti's (woman of the house) and for little visitors explore of quaint fairy village and pirate adventure playground
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DarthDouggie
Carrollton, GA20 contributions
While we were excited to tour the castle (was was fantastic), we did not expect the folk park to be as enjoyable as it was. The May weather was perfect for leisurely touring the grounds, and there was enough to do to keep everyone interested.

We toured during the day and attended the Medieval feast that evening. It was helpful that we were staying in a house that was about a 3-minute walk away so that we could go home and rest for a while. We did not feel that we were rushed, but we could have easily spent a few more hours exploring.
Written 23 September 2022
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Emily H
Boxford, MA7 contributions
Solo
I liked Bunratty folk park! It was fun to walk through the park and see the different houses through time. I do have some suggestions for the park though. I was really looking forward to learning more about the different time periods of Ireland’s history and was hoping that there would be park employees stationed throughout the park that could speak to it. I think having that would really add to the experience. In addition, I wish there was a little walking tour that could take you through the park while also giving you fun facts about the different structures. Colonial Williamsburg is a great example of a living history museum done well and I think bunratty could benefit a lot from incorporating some more interactive experiences. Overall I enjoyed my time here- it was a nice peaceful half day during my vacation. It took me about 3 hours to do the whole park, so if you’re staying for the banquet in the evening I recommend spending the morning elsewhere and entering the park around 2pm to maximize your time and experiences.
Written 15 September 2022
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KBGCSG
Ohio37 contributions
Nice experience, though we were in at obviously a quiet time mid-September. Castle is fantastic visually, though no historical context. Park is nice but few activities open. Still a lovely walk around. We arrived about 3:00 and park started closing some places about 4:00. We didn’t mind for our purposes but if you really want to get your money’s worth, go earlier in the day and earlier in the season. (We didn’t do the feast.)
Written 13 September 2022
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Paula S
5 contributions
Couples
The so called folk park is the biggest joke ( though not funny as we paid over 30 euros for two adults) Most of the buildings were locked and the ones that werent were filthy, full of dead bumble bees with no information available on any of the fake buildings. We thought the castle may redeem the experience however it was utterly filthy with greasy brown smelly stains on all the touchable surfaces you are forced to use going up all the stairs. Peculiar rancid smell throughout and absolutely no info regarding any of the ‘artifacts’ within. Thank goodness for the handwash station, I suggest you use these coming out rather than going in. Take advice and stay away from this expensive dump.
Written 9 September 2022
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J T
Roscommon, Ireland17 contributions
Spent a few hours in Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Joined a guided tour of the first two rooms in the castle. We then continued without the tour guide. Rooms set up authentically. Could take photos and climbed to the top. The Folk Park has about 22 buildings to visit. The map gives you a brief description of each building. There is also a street set up with shops and businesses that would have been available, back in the day. A real pub, selling the 'Black Stuff' and other alcoholic beverages. 'Musicians around the place. There are a few cafes and a lovely gift shop.
Friendly staff. Really enjoyed it. Good value for money.
Written 7 September 2022
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Louise - E
8 contributions
Family
We love this place and always return when we have visitors - it is a must do on a visit to county Clare.
We used to live closer and had an annual pass and we never got bored.
Written 5 September 2022
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Lisa L
28 contributions
We visited and did not do the dinner experience. Maybe that is worth it, though I have attended medieval dinners at home and so no need to do so in Ireland. /

I was told this was an Irish version of colonial williamsburg. It is not, maybe 1 costumed person, who did not interact with the guests. Animal pens were empty, and there was no staff to explain each of the exhibits. Some buildings were closed.

Not worth it.
Written 5 September 2022
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK560 contributions
There are original seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings here which had been moved brick by brick from their original sites . These have been combined with other buildings made with traditional materials so all the exhibits blended very well with each other. Carefully placed to provide a realistic village, there are farmers' cottages, a church and a high street with shops selling local crafts and souvenirs.

Bunratty Castle forms part of the setting, along with a handsome house built by the Studdert family in the early nineteenth century. One of the family in the 1950s restored the castle and moved back in, before it was later opened to the public.

Guests are greeted at the castle by staff dressed up in Medieval costumes and I was greeted as Milady. Quasi-medieval language is employed when welcoming people and answering questions - no doubt designed to be more for fun than accuracy. Medieval banquets are held in the castle where the main hall is kitted out for this purpose.

Aside from the Medieval kitsch, which visiting children seem to enjoy, there are some decent period tapestries and furniture around the castle. The top floor has an unexpected delight. A perfect Tudor room with the most wonderful carved ceiling decorated with colourful birds and flowers. This is complimented by the correct furniture for the period and leaded windows. The visit for me was worth it just to see that ceiling.

There is plenty of parking and there are toilets throughout the very large park. There is a good shop and a decent restaurant in the visitors' centre.
Written 3 September 2022
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Mrs D C
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The castle was really good with furnished rooms from the 15th/16th century, lots of windy staircases and fabulous views from the 2 turret areas. The free guide had all the rooms numbered and an explanation of what the function was.

The biggest surprise was how good and vast the folk park was. There are 20+ separate dwellings and a chuch (dwellings were brought to the park from various places and rebuilt brick by brick - explanation of who lived there). There is also a street of old shops (some selling gifts). The pottery shop was particularly good value with hand made, unique, jewellery at very reasonable prices. There were also some animals on site.

The only reason that I have given this 4 and not 5 was that the food in the tea room was very expensive. Luckily we always bring our own food and drink with us but I'm sure if their cakes had been more reasonably priced we would have purchased some.

You need 3-4 hours to enjoy all aspects of the site.
Written 2 September 2022
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Melanie
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Family
There was no end of entertainment all evening long, and even with a smaller group, it was a lively, fun night out. The food was excellent and there was plenty of it, and our teenagers had just as much fun as the older generation.
Written 27 August 2022
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