Known as the most fully furnished and authentic castle in the Emerald Isle, Bunratty Castle is another medieval fortress to include in your Ireland itinerary. As part of What’s the Craic bus tour, we were able to have a glimpse of this historic landmark. If you are planning to visit Bunratty Castle, stated below are some tips to make your day more fun and exciting.
- Experience a living history
Built by the McNamarra famiy in 1425, the present structure is believed, by local tradition, to be the fourth castle. The first recorded settlement’s exact location is unknown while the second castle collapsed after several attacks and no traces existed. Moreover, the location of the third castle is also a mystery.
The castle was restored in 1954 to its 15th to 16th medieval look and is mostly composed of its former medieval century sporting furniture, tapestries and artworks. It was opened to the public since 1960 and admission is all year round from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm although the medieval fortress closes at 4 pm to prepare for the medieval banquet.
- Enjoy the Enchanting Bunratty Folk Park
If you want to experience what it like is to live in the 19th Century Ireland, then don’t miss to explore the Bunratty Folk Park. The setting is on a 26 acre with over 30 century Irish buildings composed of rural farmhouses, shops, school, doctor’s house, pub, grocery, pottery, hardware shops and post office.
Also, do not fail to explore the enchanting Fairy Village situated in a Woodland Section. The kids and adults alike will experience lots of fun and there are workshops for children throughout the year.
- Explore the Walled Garden
Aside from the medieval fortress, the Bunratty Walled Garden which was created in 1804, was also refurbished to its former glory, maintaining a typical Victorian style.
To protect the garden from the westerly winds, it was built on the east side of the fortress surrounded by four stone walls. Here, you get to see how produce was grown including fruits, vegetables, and flowers to the Bunratty house.
- Eat and Be Entertained
To make your day unforgettable, join the Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet. The admission entitles you to a four-course banquet, fine wine, and honey mead. Plus, an entertaining drama unfolds. Traditional instrumental music is also expected.
Ireland is a home of hundreds of beautiful castles and ruins which has their own story to tell. If you want to visit other fortresses, include Dublin Castle, Dunguaire Castle and Malahide Castle in your list. Click the links to find out more.Have fun!