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Bunratty Castle, Shannon: 11 reviews and 16 photos


The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary.
Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction, due in a large part to the proximity of the airport. The interior has been furnished with tapestries and artifacts from various eras in the castle's history. Some of the sights include the 'great hall', dungeons and four towers with spiral stairwells. Medieval-style banquets are held twice every evening in the great hall.
Alongside the castle is a reconstructions of historical cottages and buildings, recreating the general feel of the 19th century with a period style village main street. Old tools, furniture and artefacts are displayed, with the village kept alive by some inhabited shops, an old home bakery and peat fires in cottages.

Directions: Located right between the City of Limerick and Shannon Airport
Website: http://homepage.eircom.net/~naughton/bunratty.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 8, 2008
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