Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is a major tourist attraction in the Mid-West region. When you pay a visit, there are two experiences to avail of: the fifteenth century Bunratty Castle and nineteenth century Bunratty Folk Park.
The Castle is the most complete example of a medieval fortification in the country. Built in 1425, the site underwent regeneration in 1954 and is now home to mainly fifteenth and sixteenth century tapestries, furnishings and works of art.
At the foot of the Castle’s walls lies the Folk Park, which endeavours to give visitors an insight into Irish life during the nineteenth century. Attractions include a period schoolhouse, dwellings reflective of the contemporary rich and poor, as well as a nod to the economic nature of life at the time through the presence of a bakery, post office and working pub.
The Bunratty complex closes at 4pm everyday to allow staff sufficient time to prepare for the Medieval Banquet.
Each night, the Castle plays host to a re-enactment of a Medieval Banquet, which welcomes those attending to enjoy themselves in a period setting. Known as The Earl’s Banquet, the evening begins with a mead reception in the Great Hall of the castle, after which guests are invited downstairs to enjoy a four course feast accompanied by wine. Throughout the evening music and dance is provided by the Bunratty Castle Entertainers, a troupe of highly talented individuals that Bunratty has become renowned for around the world.
The Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet is held twice nightly at either 5.30pm (finish at approximately 7.45pm) or 8.45pm (finish at approximately 11pm).