You need to allow yourself a full day to visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. We rushed through in less than two hours and barely had time to absorb all that was there. We toured the castle and enjoyed that so much that we missed our opportunity to wander and explore the living reconstruction of an Irish village as it would have been 100 years ago.
We just missed the chance to see a village woman churning butter.
But we were just in time to sample pie.
All too quickly, our tour was over. It was like going to Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia and only seeing that for a few hours when most people usually spend days.
We missed seeing the doctor’s house, the potter’s workshop, the pawnbroker’s shop, the terraced houses, the post office, the bar/hotel and the main attraction: the Bunratty House.
For all these reasons, I’ll need to go back, and spend a day — a full day — to see the whole park. And next time, I’ll be there in time for fresh butter and bread.
Do you like themed parks that capture a specific place in time?