Bunratty Castle

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The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking Trading Camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Robert De Muscegros, a Norman, built the first defensive fortress (an earthen mound with a strong wooden tower on top) in 1250. His lands were later granted to Thomas De Clare who built the first stone castle on the site. About this time Bunratty became a large town of 1,000 inhabitants.

They invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past.

Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a living village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher who give the site its sparkle. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub.

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Located just off the main dual carriageway between Shannon and Limerick.

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Route N18.

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Opening times (January - May):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
09:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:30

Opening times (June - August
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
09:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 18:0009:00 - 18:00


Opening times (September - December):
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
09:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:3009:00 - 17:30

Prices:
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€15.75€9.00€10.00€9.45€33.60

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Address: Bunratty, Bunratty, Clare, Ireland
Phone: +353 61 71 1200
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