Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

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Name Bunratty Castle County Clare Nearest Town Shannon Access Road N18 About Bunratty Castle is probably right up there as the most famous castle in the Emerald Isle.

Located in the village of the same name about 30km from Limerick on the Limerick-Ennis Road, the N18, it is famed for the medieval banquets it holds every night throughout the year.

The castle was built in 1425 and during the 16th and 17th centuries served as 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.

Medieval banquets are held in the Castle all year round.

Within its grounds is enticing Bunratty Folk Park built up over a number of years and representing a stunning recreation of what 19th century Irish life was like.

The village is complete with farmhouses, two watermills, church and a blacksmiths forge.

Walk down the village street and you will feel as though you are transported back in time as you wander along observing pubs, school house, and shops.

Crafts and skills of the time are practiced and the entire park gives a very good imitation of life in rural Ireland over a century ago.

The Bunratty Folk Park, like the castle, is open all year round.