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“Great castle, Great fun”
Review of Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle
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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Admission Ticket
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Irish Evening at Bunratty
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Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin
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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: Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Springfield, Tennessee
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“Great castle, Great fun”
Reviewed November 7, 2011

We visited Bunratyy castle and folk park on our first day in Ireland. We also attended the banquet. It was a great way to get "acclimated" to our first visit to Ireland. The castle has been well restored. The folk park is fun to walk through and get a glimpse of the various lifestyles of ireland from simple farm houses to large estates. All of the rooms in the castle have been fully restored and have been furnished with period type furniture. Be sure to follow every passage, especially when in the towers, or you will miss some great rooms. The tour is self-guided so be sure and check every stairway as they may seem small but lead to great rooms. In the folk park, take time to stroll down each little path as the dwellings and mills are tucked away on various "roads". Expect to spend 2-3 hours to fully enjoy the park. We also attended the banquet that is offered twice per day. It is fun with food that would have been served at the time the castle was occupied with singers and a fiddle and harp player. Be prepared to drink your soup and eat your food with your fingers. No utensils here. There is also a great traditional irish dinner with gaelic entertainment and dancing. Mead is served with dinner or other non-alcoholic beverages. There are a lot of steps in the castle that have to be climb for the banquest, so if you can't do steps then sign up for the traditional irish dinner. It is in the barn with no steps. You get a discount if you book it all together and if you book online. Also if you are over 60, Ireland offers nice senior discounts. There is a gift shop in the park, but the best shopping is across the street at the Bunratty Woolen Mill. There is also an excellent hotel.

Visited October 2011
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Lake Grace, Australia
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“Great entertainment, food & wine”
Reviewed November 3, 2011

Went along with my parents and partner with no expectations. It was great, awesome entertainment and a great feed. The wine was always full and the show was excellent, definitely a must see when in Ireland.

Visited November 2011
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“More fun than I expected...”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

My husband talked me into going to the banquet and I am glad that I did...it really was a great deal of fun. While the food was average, the entertainment, surroundings and fellow tourists made the evening very enjoyable. At one point there was a gentleman from China who was selected from a room full of people to entertain all of us or risk being thrown into the castle's dungeon. He sang "take me home country roads" for us and the crowd went crazy and erupted into thunderous applause. They subsequently gave him a standing ovation. There were few dry eyes after the entire room sang "Danny boy" together. It was a very enjoyable evening and a great way to spend our last night at Bunratty.

Visited April 2011
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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“Fun for everyone!”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Bunratty is close to the Shannon Airport and is just a short bus ride. I went two years in a row and loved it both times. I visit the castle first and then walk through the folk park. The only thing that turns me off is the obnoxious smell of the peat fire burning in the blue thatched roof cottage. Both years I went it seemed to be that fire that bothered me the most. Once you get past that, the park is so much fun. I love animals and there are plenty to see. There is a place to buy refreshments in the middle of the park and they are so kind (all of the Irish are). The small village in the park is full of vintage buildings decorated for the time. There are two Irish wolfhounds in residence and they are just the sweetest dogs. The gift shop is pretty awesome too. Well worth every penny!

Visited April 2011
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“An excellent night!”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

Visited the banquet in the castle last week with my wife, mother and brother and had a truly enjoyable night. Cheesy yes, but alot of fun. Really excellent value at 50 euro for a four course meal, meade, all the wine you can drink more or less, attentive service and fun entertainment. Everyone, young and old had a good time and were in merry spirits leaving the castle. Well worth the visit!

Visited October 2011
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