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The Fun Castle: Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

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.

Thatched roof cottage at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Entry to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Knight armor at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Toilet at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Think of all the history this toilet seat has had! Or maybe don’t think about it…

Dining at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Banquet room.

Stairs inside Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Narrow tower stairway.

Dungeon at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
The dungeon and an overzealous tourist.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

1663 chest from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
View from the top of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
View from the top of the castle.

Great hall ceiling at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

Bedroom at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Window at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Tower stairs at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Red rose at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Cannons at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Rooster at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Miniature fairy forest at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
A fairy forest!

Fairy Forest at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

Cottage at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Reconstructed Hazelbrook House, originally built in 1898. The family home of the Hughes Brothers, producers of HB ice cream.

Room interior at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

Flowers at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Sitting room interior at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Nursery interior at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Bedroom interior at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Farming tools at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Farming tools on the grounds of Bunratty House.

Walled garden at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Regency walled garden

Flowers from the walled garden at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

Horse at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Husband was amused with this horse, but the horse was not amused he didn’t have any treats.

Church of Ireland at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Ardcroney Church

Church of Ireland interior at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

Tree tunnel at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park
Queen Anne's Lace at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a large 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/bunratty-castle-folk-park

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)
  • Tips:
    1. Plan to spend 2 hours minimum.