Bunratty Travel Guide

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Bunratty Things to Do

  • Bunratty Folk Park (1)

    Bunratty Folk Park is an enjoyable way to see how the more ordinary people lived in 19th century Ireland. The 26 acre park includes small cottages with peat fires burning, farmhouses, a watermill, a village street, and a church. I have spread the photos over 2 reviews to give a better idea of the buildings and agricultural impliments on display. So...

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  • Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

    Located between Shannon Airport and Limerick, this is a perfect place to spend a day learning about life in 19th century in Ireland. The castle itself dates from the early 15th century and has a collection of paintings, tapestries and furnishings. There is an amazing banqueting hall in the castle. On the grounds there is a pub and a tearoom for...

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  • The Village Street

    The Village Street denotes village life in 19th century Ireland. Fairs and markets at the Village gave the farmers and the rural craftsmen an opportunity of selling their products for cash, while shops provided for the rural dwellers needs. In the early 18th century the country people provided for most of their own needs in food, clothing and...

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  • Shannon Heritage Bunratty Castle & Folk...

    Bunratty Folk Park is a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time. In the Folk Park there is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata, from the poorest...

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  • Buratty Castle

    The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking Trading Camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site.

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  • Inside the castle - II

    There is so much to explore inside the castle. Now, when I'm looking the plan of the castle I managed to miss South Solar...described what comprised the guests apartments....and the dungeon...because there was just too many people around there.

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  • Inside the castle - I

    The stairs are very narrow and difficult to climb when so many tourists doing the same up and down but still it was an interesting experience.I like details but there was not allowed to take pictures inside the castle with flash and my digital camera is just a regular "soapbox" so, I managed to take only some OK quality pics and some good quality...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    The present castle, last of a series on the same site was built around 1425. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was an important stronghold of the O'Briens kings and later earls of Thomond or North Munster. It is furnished with mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings in the style of the period of the Great Earl. The main block has three floors,...

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  • Cashen Fisherman's House

    A simple two-bedroomed home of a North Kerry salmon fisherman. Much of a timber would have salvaged from the sea. The floor is od rammed clay.I liked the colour of the house and smell of smoke inside. Most of the Irish traditional houses have open fireplace...Nice details around the house, wanted to photograph everything...

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  • Blacksmiths Forge

    The blacksmith made tools for many other craftworkers and tradesman. The hand operated bellows kept the fire blazing. He was one of the most important and recpected members of the community.(Description taken from the leaflet).Well taking look inside, it felt abandoned. But if you have a good imagination (luckily I have one) you can imagine a warm...

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  • Loop Head House

    The house of a fishing-farming family in West Clare. The thatch is roped down to protect it against the Atlantic gales. ( This was written in a leaflet ).What I remember of that house was open fireplace inside and that I liked how two buildings make up a perfect match. And I remeber to be irritated as I tried to took a picture in a way that other...

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  • Baking Apple Pies

    Went into Bunratty castle and folk park (sort of a small Williamsburg). We toured the castle first as the day was a little rainy.Again, our son looked for toilets - we found one inside and evidence of more from the outside. This castle was much newer than Trim. It was built in the 15th century. The folk park was nice. Our son enjoyed watching them...

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  • Bunratty Castle

    When we finally decided to go out to the Castle and Folk Park because the rain wasn't going to stop and it wasn't raining very hard, we went to the Folk part first because the lady at the entrance said that there were two coach (bus) loads of tourists in there. Finally we cut short our park visit so as to have time for the castle, we went in the...

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  • Vertical and Horizontal Mills

    The park has both a vertical and a horizontal mill. The Vertical Mill is a classic stone example of a rural undershot watermill. Photos 2, 3 and 5 show the inside of the Vertical mill. Picture 4 shows the Horizontal Mill and the mill pond. This is a working corn mill based on findings of an excavation in Mashangla Co. Cork. This type of mill is...

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  • Schoolhouse

    This school was originally built at Belvoir in East Clare in the early 19th Century. It is typical of the type of school that would have been in existence around the year 1900.The teacher role played and smacked her pointer down on the desk for emphasis. She also fed the fire in the fireplace with peat (photo 2).There was something written on the...

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  • Hazelbrook House

    This house which was originally built in 1898 and was the home of the Hughes Brothers who produced HB ice cream - a household name in Ireland. They started a dairy industry in the 1800’s.We ran out of time and only got to see this from the outside, but I understand that:Hazelbrook House offers the visitor the unique opportunity to learn about the...

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  • Ardcroney Church

    This little church is an original Church of Ireland building, which was moved stone by stone from where it had been originally built in 1824 in Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary, and rebuilt in the Folk Park. It was opened to the public in 1998.

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  • Bunratty Castle and Folk park

    Great for families and anyone with an interest in the history of how irish used to live centries ago. This is the only main attraction in Bunratty. The folk park is designed like an old irish village with thatched houses, mills, etc and people dressed in clothing from that century. They also have animals which the kids enjoy. You can walk around...

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  • medieval dinner

    We returned to our B&B early in the afternoon for a nap as our dinner didn't start until 8:30. The dinner was fabulous. They had bagpipe music and violin and harp music. We ate with our fingers - novel for our son as he has to eat chips (french fries) with his fork at school. He fell asleep during the show at the end and we carried him...

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  • Medieval Banquet

    I expected to do the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, but the tour group took us to Knappogue Castle near Quinn. This sounds like a more authentic experience but we had fun with what we did.Historical NoteThe Castle, last of a series on the same site, was built around 1425. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was an important stronghold of...

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  • In the Bunratty Castle Hotel

    We didn't (or at least I didn't) want to eat dinner in a fancy place, so we went to Kathleen's Bar. I got a cranberry juice for €2.40, and my grandson's coke was the same price. He had the handcut 8 oz cheeseburger, bacon, salad and chips (fries) for €14.50. He wanted catsup, but I didn't think to ask for it and don't know if we could have gotten...

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  • Inside the Bunratty Folk Park

    There were a couple of places to eat inside the park. We did not stop at MacNamara's. My daughter cautioned me that Irish pubs weren't as child friendly as the ones in England, and it just didn't come into view at a time for eating. I saw two places on the way in to look at the buildings. One was the Country Kitchen, and the other was the Tea Room....

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  • In the Shadow of the Castle

    Originally (if our plane had not been delayed for 6 hours), I was going to go to Durty Nellie's to have an early pub meal. But by the time we actually got to Bunratty, I was too tired to go out, so we missed dining here.Durty Nelly's has three bars and two restaurantsThe Main BarThe Upstairs Bar The Local Bar The Oyster Restaurant The Loft...

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  • Next to the Castle

    I have not gone to this bar, but one of the men on the tour did go. He is in the fourth picture at the medieval banquet. One of his goals was to drink in as many bars as possible. History according to the website: In 1823 Charles Bianconi opened a coach service linking Limerick, Ennis & Bunratty. Evidence indicates that the building was used as a...

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  • Irish Breakfast

    The tour offered a 'full Irish breakfast" each morning.At Bunratty, this consisted of a base of scrambled eggs and what they called bacon, but we would call Canadian bacon or ham. I tried to stay away from the salty meats because of the swelling in my ankles, but I ate the eggs. To earn the title of a "full breakfast" a number of other ingredients...

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  • Elegant Dining in the Bunratty Castle...

    We didn't want a fancy restaurant because we were so tired from our trip, so we never ate here. The hotel caters to a lot of weddings, so they may occasionally take up this restaurant. The website says "Our Round Room Restaurant which offers an excellent range of modern Irish cuisine, all carefully prepared by our Brigade of Chefs who takes full...

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  • Why don't you try something different!

    Go back to a time before knives and forks were used to a great Banquet Hall with long oak tables, benches and candle light.An evening to be remembered. The Menu is as follows:Spiced Parsnip Soup Traditional Spare Ribs Breast of Chicken with Apple & Mead sauce, served with potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Traditional Rastin with a Blackberry...

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Bunratty Transportation

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    by TheaIren Updated Apr 24, 2011

    Bus Eireann runs line 343 from Limerick to Shannon airport whitch stops in Bunratty.
    Bus departures from Limerick bus station in each hour.
    If you google "343 eireann" you can find timetable.

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  • Mail Those Cards

    This is the regular Irish post office in Bunratty where my grandson bought stamps for his postcards to send home to his family. In the Victorian age, the Post Office services ranged from mail to banking (Post Office Savings Bank 1861) and from telegraphs and telephones to the payment of old age pensions (1909).Following independence in 1922, the...

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  • Bunratty Village Mills

    There was a little shopping area around the corner from the hotel (photo #4 was taken from the top of Bunratty Castle), and that included a little post office where my grandson bought stamps for his postcards. The things that we got were not the glossy souvenier type things or the crystal or knitware, but they have those things too.Opening Times:...

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  • Interior Decoration

    The Folk Park has over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. We did not get to visit all of them, and unfortunately without the brochure that we got (it is still packed), I don't know which one is which, but they had some common elements.All of them had some kind of fireplace, a bed or beds, and hutch or a similar piece of furniture...

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  • Village Street

    The village street is a recreation of what would have been seen in 19th century Ireland - you can visit the School, Doctor’s house, Pawnbrokers, Pub, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware shop, Pottery and a Post Office.Fairs and markets at the Village gave the farmers and the rural craftsmen an opportunity of selling their products for cash,...

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  • Views from the Castle Towers

    My feet were so swollen that I couldn't climb the steps to go up into the towers, so i sent my grandson up to take photos for me. He was using an old Canon camera with a 100x300 zoom lens.

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