Bunratty Castle, Ireland
i reacently visited bunratty castle with my two small childern and my friend we were haveing a great time up untill we decided to get our picture takeing from the photagapher in bunratty who i have to say was extreamly ignorent towards us my child got abit it upset because he pulled the bottle out of his mouth and got a bit sick on the clothes the man pulled the clothes of my child and then me and didnt evan tell us the shoot was over and then started saying my child made him self get sick and sarted to say i should sort this out he then started shouting saying i am lukey he isnt billing me for the cleaning of the clothes i was extreamly embarressed and furious at this behavour to the public it turned me off visiting bunratty castle for life that man should seriesly do a course on manners and stop acting like a PIG
Bunratty castle is one of the places in Ireland, where obviously all of the tourbuses will take a stop, so be prepared of a lot of hassle and stress at certain times. In many ways it makes sense to go there anyway. The medieval castle of Bunratty dates back to the 9th century but the way it looks today it was rebuilt during the 15th century.
Bunratty really offers a lot for the hasty tourists, who want to "absorbe the Irish way of life" within the shortest time possible :
In Bunratty castle they may attend a "Medieval Irish Banquet" with servants in historic costumes, live music , food and drinks, all is included in the price. And in Bunratty Folk-park they will see lots of traditional farmhouses, a pub, shops and even a church that was rebuilt here in an openair-museum.
"Medieval Irish Banquets"will take 2 and a half hours
the hall offers 141 seats and 2 sittings : at 05.30p.m. + 08.46 p.m.
There is also a "Traditional Irish Night" in Bunratty
From April till October daily at 7.00p.
Bunratty Folk Park is open for visitors :
june till august : 09.30a.m. - 06.00p.m.
september till may : 09.00a.m. - 05.30p.m.
last admission 45 minutes before closing-time !
I had a great time at the Bunratty Medieval Castle dinner. I discovered I REALLY like mead! Upon entering the great hall, a cup of mead was handed to each visitor. There was music from a fantastic (and terribly shy) fiddler and a beautiful harpist. Then we were taken down to the dining hall for dinner. Do bring an appetite! There was enough food, wine and mead for an army. It began with a wonderful bowl of soup, then a plate of pork ribs, then roasted chicken and vegetables and finally a dessert. The entertainment was fun and good natured. If you are a cynic or a grouch, you will not enjoy this evening, but, if you enjoy clean jokes and good music, you will have a great time.
This castle was built in 1425. It's the most complete and autenthic Mediaevil Castle in Ireland. It has been plundered on many occasions and has been restored in the 50s to it orginal slendour. Mediaeval banquets are held here as well.
Adjacent is the Bunratty Folk Park. It's rather commercialized but still worth visiting ( if you don't mind all the coaches, I guess). The folk park will give you a nice outlook on rural and urban lifeat the end of the 19th Century in Ireland at .
We really wanted to attend a Medieval or Irish evening here at the castle, but nothing was on offer for the two nights that we were in the area. A lovely place to visit, but remember that it is not only the castle, they also have the open air museum with homes from the various parts of Ireland etc that you can see. So allow at least 4 -5 hours visiting time when you come here.
The 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 (North Munster). The Castle was restored in the early 1960's and is considered the best example of its type.
The Castle holds a twice-nightly Banquet. We thought it was going to be rather cheesy - kinda like Medieval Times - but we were happily mistaken! We entered the castle and were greeted by costumed "Ladies of the Castle" serving a delicious mead. Beware - that sweet drink will sneak up on you! We listened to the musicians in the great hall before we were lead into the dining hall. The rest of the evening we listened to wonderful music and beautiful voices lifted in song. I especially loved when they would sing in Gaelic.
The food was delicious and plentiful. On the expensive side, but we thought it was worth it for the experience of dining in an authentic castle. Others may classify this as a tourist trap, but I would file it under "must do at least once".
We didnt go inside Bunratty Castle. I know it does a banquet in the evening, which to me seemed a little overpriced for what it offered, or atleast cost more than what we would want to pay :) So we just stopped to take a picture and carried on our way to Limerick.
Both the castle and the park are, without any doubt, worth a visit. Entering the castle is a step into the past and gives you a precise idea how the 16th century life in the castle must have been. Visitors are admitted into 14 rooms of the castle. Most impressive are the private apartment of the Earl and his family, the Earl's kitchen, the main guard and last but not least the great hall. In this great hall medieval banquets are still held twice every evening (at 17h30 and 20h45) These are very popular and need to be booked in advance.
Bunratty Folk Park is a reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland in the 19th century. The main village street consists of very charming shops, pubs and houses, furnished as they would have appeared at that time. Some of them are still 'inhabited' by villagers who gladly demonstrate how life and work was organised. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to taste some freshly baked pie or other home made products (Cahill's Grocery), feed the pigs (Golden Vale Farmhouse) or have yourself photographed in a 19th century costume and setting.
Bunratty Castle was one of my wife's favorited, because the inside of it still looked like someone could live there. Reproductions of the rooms and their furniture, as well as a village through time outside makes this one of the better castles in Ireland. Seeing the furniture is better than imagining it, I suppose.
As one of the larger tourist attractions, it can get crowded, but at least it is well signposted and easy to find off of one of the larger motorways.
We attended a Traditional Irish Night at the Corn Barn at Bunratty Castle in County Clare. There is traditional music which is played all during the meal. Emma, shown in the photo, sang ballads which were beautiful. They serve traditional food such as Irish stew made with lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery. It's served with jugs of red and white wine by girls in medieval costumes. I didn't think the food was very good, especially the Irish stew, but the entertainment was wonderful. After the meal, there was Irish comedy, then more songs and then dancers. One of the dances was done in a gorgeous costume based on designs from the Book of Kells. Another dance was the story of immigrants leaving Ireland. They danced in coats and shawls. Then the dancers selected men from the audience to come up and dance which was quite funny. The Masters of Ceremony told one fellow, "Don't give up your day job!". They came around and took your photo with the girls in the costumes. All in all, it was a fun evening.
Bunratty is a great place to visit. It is a self guided tour, so you can go at your own pace. There are no long drawn out lectures. We went the morning that we were leaving Ireland. Got there when they first opened for the day and spent about 3 hours. Plenty of time to see everything.
Opening Times: Sept-May, 9:30am-5:30pm (4:45pm, last admission)
Opening Times: June-Aug, 9:30am-6:30pm (5:30pm, last admission)
Ireland's top visitor attraction, Bunratty Castle was built in 1425 and authentically restored in 1954. The folk park is situated on 26 acres and recreates 19th-century Ireland. Features of the folk park include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, a blacksmith's forge, Mac's Pub, a church, and a display of 19th-century farm machinery. The famous medieval banquets are held in the castle nightly, year round and a barn ceilí is held during summer months. There are many demonstrations at various points as you walk through the folk park.
Inside the castle, you will be greeted by various guides who explain what you are seeing as you walk along. We actually learned a lot from the guide we spoke to. He was very energetic and friendly! The rooms are filled with period furniture from when the castle was in its heyday. None of the furnishings are reproductions.
There are about three gift shops within the Folk Park and one at the entrance. Mac's Pub serves drinks and food.
We weren't sure if Bunratty was going to be a good place to visit because the tour books we used said that it was very "touristy." I didn't feel that way at all. The castle (although rebuilt) is very authentic and the folk park gives you some insight into how the Irish lived through those hard times. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I would recommend this sight to anyone. It is a very good place to bring your children! Some of the farms have live animals that children seemed to love.
Originally built sometime in the 15th century, this castle while not being the biggest in Ireland, is definitely one of the best in condition. Owned now by the Gort family it has been fully restored to it's original condition and is used on a regular basis not only as a tourist attraction, but also as a banqueting venue. The castle is on the same site as the Bunratty Folk village.
Nelly's is just one of those little taverns that everyone visits...food is hearty and good...and you get a pint of good beer to wash it down. Nothing spectacular, but seems to be the way folks start their vacation in Ireland...along with a tour of the castle
Bunratty castle and park shows how it was like when the castle was still in use. You can also get tickets to an evening in a traditional style, eat and drink food cooked with old recepies in the dining room of the castle and see people wearing 18th century clothes while watching the show. Quite touristic though.