Bunratty castle

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty is a defensive castle built in County Clare, Ireland.


It is right in the centre of the village, between Limerick and Ennis.

The castle and the park are run by Shannon Heritage.

The first settlement in Bunratty was very likely a Viking trading camp in 970. Three hundred years later, the first defensive fortress was built but it was destroyed less than a hundred years later.

In 1332, the castle was restored for the King of England but destroyed once again.

In was rebuilt twenty years later and completed by the MacNamara family in 1425. It hasn’t changed much since.

The castle and its park are open to the public and are famous for their medieval banquets.

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 Tourists can visit a  XIXth century village built at the bottom of the fortress and can admire old tools, furniture and artifacts.

If you want to know more about Irish history, you must visit the living museum! You can see people in costume at the bakery, the post office, the school : it’s like travelling back in time!

If you want to know more about Bunratty castle, please visit its website !

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