Bunratty Castle is one of the more complete tower fortifications in Ireland. After visiting several castles of which all that remained were ruinous structures, the 15th century Bunratty Castle and Folk Park was a welcome change.
- Built in 1425.
- The current Bunratty Castle is the 4th stone fortification to be built on the site.
- It is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland.
- In the mid-19th century, Bunratty was used as a Barracks for the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary, an armed police force of the United Kingdom in Ireland)
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park receives a lot of visitors, however, it sits on 26 acres so it doesn’t feel like the crowds are overwhelming.
Think of all the history this toilet seat has had! Or maybe don’t think about it…
Narrow tower stairway.
The dungeon and an overzealous tourist.
View from the top of the castle.
A fairy forest!
Reconstructed Hazelbrook House, originally built in 1898. The family home of the Hughes Brothers, producers of HB ice cream.
Farming tools on the grounds of Bunratty House.
Regency walled garden
Husband was amused with this horse, but the horse was not amused he didn’t have any treats.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park Overview
- Address: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare V95 WP63
- Fees: Adult €15; Student €9; Child (6-12) €9
- Hours: 9am – 5:30pm
- Usage: Heavy (but not too crowded)
- Plan to spend 2 hours minimum.