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Review of Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle
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Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Bunratty
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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, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Visited on a damp Tuesday morning but soon forgot the inclement weather when we started to explore. Kids enjoyed the sense of discovery around every corner. Very informative and felt we learnt a lot from the experience. Agree with a previous reviewer in that we feel experience could be much improved by all staff wearing period costume, especially on street that has the little old-fashioned shops. We were all in awe at the size of the castle itself and loved exploring its many stairwells. Well worth a visit - a lovely way to while away 2 or 3 hours or more.

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"the cottages"
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"farm animals"
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"apple pie"
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"tea room"
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"folk village"
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"step back in time"
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"the pub"
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"self guided tour"
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"great family day"
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"great place to visit"
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"village street"
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was an interesting collection. If you are interested in farming or have knowledge of farming, you may enjoy it. For anyone else, it may less exciting. Worth a quick visit, either way!

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The castle was a lot of fun to explore. It is a fairly large castle and there are artifacts inside with descriptions. The views from the tops of the towers are excellent of the surrounding areas. The folk park was incredible fun! When we arrived, there was a woman churning butter and explaining each step of the process. There was another woman who had just baked a delicious bread and shared it with the guests. There are numerous houses built for visitors to explore and understand more about life in the area - a fisherman's house, a farmhouse, etc. Everyone who works there was incredibly friendly and polite. In the 'town' section, there are shops, a restaurant, and a pub. There is a schoolhouse, a doctor's office, and a couple other buildings that serve as museums. The rest of the buildings are functional. I purchased a beautiful necklace and earring set from one of the shops. We spent a good portion of our day here and enjoyed every bit of it!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The guided tour of Bunratty Castle was the best part of the folk park. I was a little disappointed that there weren't people in any of the houses except one. I'm not sure if it was because it was early May...maybe they do during the summer season. We had a nice lunch at P. MacNamara Bar.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This place is really nice and you actually get to go in cottages and smell the hot coal on fire place and see women making apple pie. Nice to spend the day strolling and have a beer at their pub.

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