Fodor's Expert Review Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

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Fifteenth-century Bunratty Castle, once the stronghold of the Earls of Thomond who would leave Ireland in the 17th century for a cozier lifestyle in England, is the park's highlight. It's now fully restored to its former glory, including everything from its carefully chosen period furniture to its "murder holes" that allowed defenders to pour boiling oil on attackers below. The views across the Shannon River from over the battlements is very impressive. Bunratty Folk Park is a carefully planned reconstruction of a typical 19th-century village, which comes complete with school, haberdashery, and, of course, a fully stocked Mac's Pub. Other highlights scattered about the park include the Shannon Farmhouse, the park's first exhibit, which was transported stone by stone from a site earmarked for Shannon Airport's main runway and the 1898 Hazelbrook House, which was the home of Ireland's most famous ice-cream producers. A new café and high-end gift store at the entrance to the park has... READ MORE

Fifteenth-century Bunratty Castle, once the stronghold of the Earls of Thomond who would leave Ireland in the 17th century for a cozier lifestyle in England, is the park's highlight. It's now fully restored to its former glory, including everything from its carefully chosen period furniture to its "murder holes" that allowed defenders to pour boiling oil on attackers below. The views across the Shannon River from over the battlements is very impressive. Bunratty Folk Park is a carefully planned reconstruction of a typical 19th-century village, which comes complete with school, haberdashery, and, of course, a fully stocked Mac's Pub. Other highlights scattered about the park include the Shannon Farmhouse, the park's first exhibit, which was transported stone by stone from a site earmarked for Shannon Airport's main runway and the 1898 Hazelbrook House, which was the home of Ireland's most famous ice-cream producers. A new café and high-end gift store at the entrance to the park has good-quality lunch bites. Visit Bunratty Castle first as it is the earliest attraction to close (at 4 pm, to facilitate the evening banquets).

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Bunratty, Co. Clare  Ireland

061-360–788

www.shannonheritage.com

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