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“Bunratty Castle”
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Bunratty Castle
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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Admission Ticket
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Bunratty
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: unratty 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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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“Bunratty Castle”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

In July we flew into Shannon and made a quick stop at Bunratty Castle. We found the expereince quite interesting. It would be an ideal place to take children who could explore the castle and surrounding buildings. There are restaurants surrounding the castle and a gift shop. The castle is certainly worth 2-3 hours to tour. Bring you camera...

Visited July 2014
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“Outstanding, all-around fantastic visit”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

You can see one side of the well-preserved Bunratty Castle from the road, but even that striking view does not prepare you for the amazing experience inside the castle and vast folk park. One can explore much of the castle, including the top of one section of the wall, with views of the river and fields, and learn about what life would have been like for those living here hundreds of years ago.

Admission to the folk park is included with castle entry (you walk through the folk park to get to the castle), and there are dozens of thatched-roof houses, some newer historical homes, huge gardens, a schoolhouse (my kids got a kick out of the separate classrooms for girls and boys), a playground, and various farm animals.

The folk park is in a pretty, wooded area, and it feels much like an authentic village. In some of the houses and buildings, there are shops in which you can buy candy, woolens, and other Irish goods, as well as restaurants (snack bars, really) where you can take a break and fuel up for more exploration. We spent several hours at least, and did not even see the entire folk park. The kids loved it too. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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East Lansing, Michigan
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“Well worth it”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

By family ended up here by accident after my husband happened to book us at a bed and breakfast in Bunratty before we flew out of Shannon. We loved the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - best Castle we had seen in Ireland during our stay on the Western side. You could explore so much of the castle and they had furniture. We also enjoyed the Folk Park and looking at old house/farm houses. My young kids had a great time - there was even a little playground area. I think it was a little pricey, but we definitely had 3+ hours worth of fun!

Visited July 2014
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“Castle”
Reviewed 31 July 2014 via mobile

Gotta love the castle and grounds been visiting since I was a child brought my partner to see it with my dad. We all loved it . Such history

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Athy, Ireland
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“Day away”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Great for a step back in time and a history lesson. Lots to see and experience. Value for money too and suitable for all age groups.

Visited July 2014
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