Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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BUNRATTY, COUNTY CLARE

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Magnificent Bunratty Castle was built around 1425. The restored castle contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings and tapestries. Within its grounds is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th-century Irish life is tellingly recreated. Rural farmhouses, a village street and Bunratty House with its formal Regency gardens are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at the time. Medieval Banquets in the castle throughout the year (5.30pm & 8.45pm sitting, booking necessary) and an Irish Night operates in the Folk Park from April to October (reservations necessary).

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
BUNRATTY, Co Clare
Phone : 061 360788

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Castle is not accessible to wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 9-5.30 (last admission 4.15, castle 4). Closed 24-26 Dec. Opening times may be subject to change

About The area

Discover County Clare

If you’re hoping to get married, but don’t have a partner, Lisdoonvarna in County Clare may be the place to start. Each year, this 19th-century spa town is home to a matchmaking festival. Tens of thousands of people come from all over the world to look for a partner, a good time, dancing, and live music; not necessarily all at once, or in that order.

The other thing you should come to Clare for, – although it isn’t quite as much of a craic – is The Burren, a place like nowhere else in Ireland. From the northwest corner of County Clare it rises as a cluster of grey-domed hills with terraced sides, whose western feet slope to the sea at Galway Bay. There are no bogs and very few pastures. Instead there are huge pavements of limestone called clints, their vertical fissures known locally as grimes. However bleak it appears, it is home to some wonderful plant life and there is evidence that people settled here as long ago as the Stone Age. Villages are scattered around the fringes: Ballyvaughan on the north coast, Doolin and Lisdoonvarna to the west, and Kilfenora with its Burren Visitor Centre in the south.

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