Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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  • Susan H
    Modesto, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    I love this place. It is peaceful, beautiful, interesting and very well done! It has so much Irish culture and history. Really a must see for any visitor to this area. We also did the banquet. Very personable. We felt like we were among friends. They did such a great job We had issues with our tickets and two employees, Lily and Fiona helped us out with such kindness and help! They literally saved our visit. They wanted to help us more than anything else and we felt that. Thank you to them for showing how good Irish are, and thanks to Bunratty for keeping this culture alive
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Mary F
    20 contributions
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    Beautiful morning!
    This was a return trip after a visit in 2015 and it was great fun - again. We love the castle and folk park - and, yes, even the little fairy village. The gardens weren't full bloom yet but the wisteria was gorgeous. Thank you!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 13, 2023
  • L P
    Howell, New Jersey90 contributions
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    Charming historic village
    Not crowded, you walk through historic village where there’s something for everyone. Ancient castle to explore, craftsmen’s cottages, shopping, petting zoo, playground. Staff and costumed guides very helpful. I was disappointed that mansion, one of the main spots, was not open. Flowers and botanical diversity amazing. A delightful fairy trail. A few dining options. Nice way to spend day for anyone.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Patricia M
    Kilkenny, Ireland35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous day
    We visited Bunratty Castle and folk park today. We had not been for a few years and again I can say we thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. The staff are amazing. Helpful, and so informative, especially in the town. We absolutely loved it. We had lunch and porter cake in the tea rooms and the food was excellent. Thank you to all for making our experience memorable yet again. We look forward to our return. We are blessed to have this fabulous amenity in Ireland. ❤️
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Dan kerr
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience interesting
    Great half day. Castle cool lot to see. Grounds 20 houses: blacksmith shop, kitchen, typical house, thatched houses. Like Colonual Williamsburg.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Camaaron
    Miami, Florida21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun experience for all ages
    The park is a wonderful and easily walkable experience inn Shannon. You get a taste of old Ireland. It is calm and peaceful there and a fun (but chill) experience. They have a couple of shops and a small place to eat. They have a number of animals you get to see and is definitely a fun place to bring the kids. They also had a gentleman playing old Irish songs on the violin. Was a great time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Karen M
    Kirkwall, United Kingdom662 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great castle structure & lovely folk park with loads of buildings to explore
    Large free car park. Bought tickets at the entry inside through the gift shop, also cafe. Would advise to go early before the coach tours arrive, purely as the castle has narrow, steep stair ways & it got extremely congested as the tours moved around. The castle is a good medieval example of Irish history. Good restoration has taken place, with exhibits in each room. Its a tall, narrow castle, so lots of steep stair ways. From the castle its a short walk to the country folk park - clearly marked &b easy to follow map. The folk park covers all aspects of rural life in Ireland - each house/structure has been restored with original features & shows how life was. Paths are easy to follow. There is access to food/drink & toilets within the park area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 31, 2023
  • KerryCowo
    United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to visit with lots todo and all ages!
    We visited the folk park a castle and spent hours here taking in the great atmosphere and talking to the ‘locals’ in their houses, the blacksmith was very friendly and we had a great chat, the castle itself is beautiful with lots and lots of hidey holes for you to explore, there’s tea rooms and even a bar! Kids play park and animals. It’s a brilliant place for all ages
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • nolongeryoungandsingle
    Dublin, Ireland172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    What a fantastic place. We really enjoyed our day here. The whole park is really cool. The castle tour was great and the little village part with the guy playing music on the street. The pint of stout was creamy as anything in the bar and went down a treat with a toastie. We absolutely loved this place it was our favourite part of our holiday and we will 100% be back in the future. 10/10
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
  • P_Stibbons
    County Wexford, Ireland117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out
    We went on the 9th of September, and the Park had organised a mounted medieval fighting show - the show was put on by a trained stunt group who have individually or as a group worked on several recent productions like Game of Thrones, Vikings, and others - one of the performers was an actor on The Northman. Their horses (Spanish Mustangs) were historically accurate, and too had appeared in films and RTE historical productions. They fought with historically (mostly) accurate steel swords, lances, and so on. I spent so much time watching them that I did not have time for much of the rest of the Park, and will need to go back! From what I did see, the Park is anchored around the impressive Bunratty Castle, and is essentially an outdoor museum with buildings, shops, workshops, tool and animals from Ireland in the second half of the 19th century, all very well done and with performers at hand to explain, elaborate, tell stories, and play music. The Park element is well represented, with a walled garden, a placid pond and gurgling brook, in a leafy surrounding. There are plenty of distractions for children, with playgrounds, animals, petting zoo, and so on. The paths are reasonably smooth, but natural surface, and the houses being historical, there are few ramps. Many Irish attractions fail to have a souvenir/gift shop where you actually want to spend money - that is not the case here!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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niamh
Roscommon, Ireland1 contribution
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Aug 2020
We have read about bunratty castle many times in history books in school, so we were excited to finally visit as a stop on the way home. We were very disappointed with the reception we received. We booked our tickets online which gave us the time slot of 2-5:30, which was our understanding we could turn up at any time during that slot, anthing to say otherwise was not stated anywhere on the website. We arrived before 4 oclock on our way home, with over an hour and a half to spend here. We were greeted by a rude lady who told us "you better hurry up to the castle". This confused us greatly as the place does not close until 5:30. On the way to the castle we met another man, who wasn't even in unifrom and told us to hurry up also before he locked up. We were beyond confused and felt very rushed. Once we reached the castle we met two workers dressed up who didn't even offer any historical information about the castle and just told us to go into the room.
We were very disappointed by the castle. We only saw five rooms which were very bare, no information provided about the castle in the rooms and the short guide we were given contained very little information.
Once outside the catsle, we enjoyed seeing three little cottages. we then wanted to get some food, but the Tea room was all locked up at quater past four when there was a sign outside the door clearly stating it didn't close until 5:30. There were still a lot of people walking around at 4 oclock but everything was closing, gates pulled across so we couldnt access half of the folk park with an hour and a half until closing. We were very disappointed to pay over 30 euro and didn't even get to see the majority of things available well before closing time. While I understand times are very different nowadays with CO-VID, there was no signs or information provided for the attractions we could not see. We left just over half an hour after we arrived.
Written August 29, 2020
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RenR_Ontario
Ontario, canada99 contributions
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Jan 2020
The castle was the first we have seen on our visit to Ireland ... it was very interesting to see the small winding staircases and then large rooms they would open into. The village was totally closed when we went and the Bunratty house was also closed which was disappointing as they still charged us full price for admission but nothing was happening ... we were left to explore on our own. The petting zoo also wasn't available. Disappointed to pay the price we did and drive 1.5 hours to find out once we were in that this is there slow time and that we could not explore the whole park. More information or things to read on the castle rooms would have been great since there was nobody around to ask questions. The whole place took us 1.5 hours to explore. Disappointing again when we drove 1.5 hours based on the website information that did not disclose that half the things would not be available to see.
Written January 13, 2020
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D. McGrath
Mooncoin, Ireland6 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
I have visited Bunratty Folk Park many times in recent years and have always enjoyed it thoroughly. However after a trip over the weekend, I’m afraid I shall not be returning.

Firstly, the Covid one way system in place is appalling and counterintuitive. Corralling large numbers of visitors along a one way system, makes social distancing impossible. People were on top of one another in bottlenecks at various points along the trail.

Also, my exhausted toddler was verbally abused by a barmaid at Mac’s Bar (there were no other shops open due to Covid in the park) sitting quietly on a chair indoors as I queued for refreshments for our party of 6. Appalling behaviour towards a small child. Needless to say we left and will never return. Disgraceful!!!
Written August 18, 2020
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Travel30WAW
Sligo, Ireland60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I was really looking forward to this because I love castles but Im disappointed. There was a one way system in place in the castle due to covid, which is completely fine, but you actually didn't see many rooms at all. There was the banquet hall you walked through but most other rooms were sealed with barriers so you could not really look around and explore, unlike many other castles in the country. We went through it very quickly maybe 10-15 minutes so it was slightly disappointing.
Also we paid 28,50 euro for one adult & one student, which doesn't match the prices on the website at all...

The folk park is nicely made. There are a lot of old school looking houses and shops, it is a lovely area to stroll around. This I really enjoyed.

However, I did not like how the Irish Wolfhounds were held in a filed enclosure, while this was a big area and I know they need a lot of space, I think a field is for livestock not dogs. Especially, since the sign at the gate states that they love human interactions/companionship. Even if they were working dogs I dont think this is a nice circumstance to keep them in. Our working sheep dog is not held in a field. While they did not look neglected, they seemed depressed and sad and I honestly felt bad for them.
Written September 25, 2021
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Clare S
Basingstoke, UK69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited with my husband on a drizzly January day and thought it was great! The castle was really well kept with so many rooms to look at - beware though, some of the spiral staircases are steep, narrow and a bit scary!! The village and folk park wasn’t fully open but this was reflected in the winter price we paid and there was still plenty to walk round and look at for a few hours. Loved seeing the wolfhounds, pigs, chickens etc. The little farmhouses gave a real sense of rural Irish life. The gift shop was huge with tonnes of great Irish products. The cafe had really nice fresh food. Would def recommend :)
Written January 24, 2020
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Cool_Madra
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
A little bit disappointed to be honest, the castle was great but the folk park was a let down. Nobody at home in any of the cottages or town houses, the pet farm had one sheep and lamb and two rabbits, no blacksmith in his forge.

To have staff in each open house would have spoke volumes about the individual houses as one would have got a better idea how people lived back then, the walkways were dismal and could have done with some sprucing up, fresh gravel and paint on the picnic tables and fences, exit signs would have been a great help too, the fairy garden hadn't seen paint for some time.

We are encouraged to staycate and spend our money at home but you have got to provide value for money too.
Written July 29, 2020
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Olivia O
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Just back from a family break in limerick with my two children aged 9 & 15. Let me start by saying I have never written a review before but have always taken advantage of other people options on hotels & days out which has always guided me in the past with good advice. I felt it important to write a review on our visit to bunratty folk park as it might help other family's planning on a day out. I have been to the park before & had a wonderful day it was one of the reasons we decided to return to limerick to experience it again & have a garenteened great day. Unfortunately we had a terrible experience when we visited again. Keeping it brief & understanding that we are visiting durning "covid days" as my daughter calls it, it was like a ghost town. Barely any staff, none of the street shops open, large queues outside all of the houses to visit with only half opened to the public & a pet farm with two goats & two rabbits. We were going to stop for a cup of tea to brighten up the boring walk even though we had only eaten a half hour before but the 5.50 for a slice of apple tart just made me furious as I felt we had already been ripped off with an entry fee to a disappointing experience so far. I really don't like to complain but they should really let people know what there getting durning these times or reduce the price considerably. Please don't waste your presious time & money visiting bunratty. A very disappointed customer
Written August 1, 2020
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Layah
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We went in early March and it would have been great except half the stuff was closed. Only one costumed village person, almost all the houses and stores in the village center were closed, and Bunratty house was closed. It looks like they normally have a weaver demonstrating a loom, a Potter, a printing press and a photographer but none of that was open today. They should reduce admission prices or at least warn you ahead of time if so much of the park will be closed.)
Written March 7, 2020
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Brittany D
Calgary, Canada18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We did not get to spend any time at the folk park, but ourselves and another couple got tickets to the Feast which happens after hours at the Park. It was a phenomenal experience, and we had such a great time watching the performance, and enjoying the delicious food. I personally don't eat ribs, so they brought me some melon to enjoy while the rest of the party had the rib course. The rest of the food was a delight!
Written February 14, 2020
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GiovanniCorcaigh
Cork, Ireland192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
I been to Bunratty Castle two times before and though it was amazing. But unfortunately now It's not worth the €16. Not allowed to top of the Castle maybe Corona virus is more contagious at heights. If I had known this in advance I would not have even bothered coming. Folk village is like a ghost town and there is no actors currently in any of the houses. Apple pie from the tea room was extremely disappointing. I had it here before and it was amazing and home made but clearly they're too lazy to even do that now to make it. My advice to anyone would be to avoid this place for now. If they're going to give people and have ass experience did they should only be changing half the price.
Written August 3, 2020
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