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.
County Clare› Attraction
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Signposted from N18 (Shannon-Limerick Rd.), Bunratty, Co. Clare
Our Rating Hours Castle: daily 9am–5:30pm. Last admission to castle 1 hr. before closing; last admission to park 45 min. before closing Phone 061/361-511 Prices Admission €12 adults; €11 seniors, students, and children 6–12; children 5 and under free; €34–€38 families. Medieval banquet: €58 adults; €39 children 10–12; €27 children 6–9; children 5 and under free Web site Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
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