Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk park is a must on your itinerary. 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 is located just off the N18 Limerick/Ennis Road. It is a 20 minute drive away from our accommodation options.
Bunratty Folk Park
Bunratty Folk Park is a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. The park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time according to their social standing.
The village houses and shops in the Folk Park have been chosen from many different areas, to form a collection of typical 19th century urban Irish buildings including the School, Doctor’s house, Pawnbrokers, Pub, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware shop, Pottery and a Post Office.
Costumed characters (Animators) recreate the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age and animate the Folk Park. Among these well known and loved characters are the Bean a Ti (woman of the house), RIC, policeman, Schoolteacher & Musicians.
One of the most exciting finds in Bunratty Folk Park in recent years is that of a Fairy village located in a pretty woodland section of this historic landmark. Ireland is famed for these magical creatures of myth and legend and they have a special significance in Irish culture and folklore and story. The fairy people welcome visitors into their village but are notoriously shy and may not always appear themselves! The Fairy village contains willow tunnel and willow hut in the surroundings of the magical forest trail.
Bunratty Castle is the 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. You can explore the castle at your own leisure or join in a guided tour with castle guides. At evening time Medieval Banquets are held in the castle and are open to the public to enjoy. The banquets are held year round.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is open all year round daily from 09:00 - 17:30. It is closed from December 24 to 26. For more information you can visit the official site : www.shannonheritage.com