Bunratty (Bun Ráite) Castle and
Folk Park is a popular
tourist destination. The earliest known history of the site was when
Vikings set up a trading post on the site in 950 and the first castle
by a Norman in the 13th century. Its strategic position on the river
made it the centre of many a battle, and it has it has been destroyed
re-built on at least eight occasions. Today we can enjoy the Castle
1425 by the MacNamara Clan. The style is called Irish tower house.
might be interested that Admiral Penn, father of William Penn, resided
a short time. It fell into ruin, and in 1954 Lord Gort bought the
with the help of Bord Fáilte restored it to its present
The Folk Park, situated on 26 acres,
is a living museum
intended to show what village life was like in Ireland at the turn of
century. It contains farmhouses, cottages, and shops with great
authentic detail. The Park is a living museum: animals are tended,
baked, milk is churned, walls are whitewashed and roofs are thatched.
visit an Irish farmhouse, watch the blacksmith fit a horseshoe, attend
weaving demonstration, and bake and eat scones at the local tea house.
are several options for eating and drinking within the Folk Park.