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Built in 1425 and restored in the 1950s, Bunratty is an impressive early 15th-century castle, and home to two major tourist attractions: a “living history” recreation of a 19th-century village, and a riotous nighttime medieval banquet. You can tour the interior of the castle, which is surprisingly complete, including a fine collection of medieval furniture and art. The restored walled garden is a beautiful place to wander around. However, the folk park is probably the bigger draw here. Actors in period costume wander around as you walk through the authentic-looking village center, complete with everything from a post office and schoolroom to a doctor’s office. You can go inside each one and chat to the occupants. Meanwhile, professional craftspeople work their trades, using traditional methods. There’s even a Victorian-style pub. It’s all great fun, and a brilliant way to imbue kids with a sense of history. In the evenings, the medieval banquet takes over the castle’s Great Hall. After a full, sit-down meal, there’s a lively show of music, dancing, and folk stories—all performed by actors and musicians in medieval garb. There are two sittings nightly, at 5:30 and 8:45pm. Booking is essential.