We were only at Knappogue for the banquet, so we didn't get a chance to go through the castle itself, but apparently it is open in the same way that Bunratty is. In addition to the banquets and touring the castle itself, it is also possible to rent an apartment in the castle.
The website says:
The original tower house of Knappogue Castle was built by Sean Mac-Con MacNamara in 1467. During the 1641 rebellion the castle was occupied by Cromwellian forces. In the 18th and 19th centuries further additions were made to the original structure. The castle was abandoned in the 1920's and was restored by the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews and his wife Lavonne in 1966.
Admission: Adults €7.00, Child\OAP €3.35, Students €3.25
Family Ticket and Group rates available.
Open Daily from May-mid-September 09.30-17.00. (Last admission 16.15).
Although the tour brochure said that we were to have our arrival banquet at Bunratty Castle, instead the tour guide loaded us into buses and brought us to Knappogue Castle. Possibly the Medieval Banquet was not available that night at Bunratty. It was very interesting and a lot of fun. Although it was far from authentic as to food - as Carson pointed out they had tomatoes, and they also gave us some utensils.
The specifics, copied from their website are spot-on as to what the banquet is like. If it had not been included in the tour, I would have had several thoughts about whether it was worth it, but, as I said, it was a lot of fun.
Favorite Dish: * On arrival guests are welcomed at the Castle door by the ladies and the butler of the castle and the Banquet begins with a goblet or two of Mead in the Dalcassian Hall.
* The Earl’s Butler relates the history of the Castle explaining the ‘Rules of Chivalry’ practiced at the Castle and the dire consequences of breaching them!!!!!!!
* Guests enter the Banquet Hall. The evening is presided over by 4 “Kings of Ireland” who are chosen from the audience – the Kings of Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connaught.
* The 5 course meal is a pleasant balance of Irish Fish and Meat dishes as served during the period and is accompanied with music and song.
* Then follows a 35 minute entertainment programme in music, song and dance that takes you on a magical musical journey from the medieval times through to the 20th century.
Aperitif – Mead
Smoked Irish Salmon
with Cucumber and Dill Salad
Tomato & Basil Soup
Supreme of Chicken in a Verinque Sauce served with
Fresh Seasonal Vegetables & Baby Roast Potatoes (photo 2)
Rastin (photo 3)
Tea / Coffee