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.
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