Alongside the castle is the Bunratty Folk Park
, a faithful recreation of 19th century Ireland. Here, you can take a step back in to history in an interactive village where you are encouraged to talk and get involved with the actors that roam the site in costume to get a deeper understanding of what life was like back then. A School, Doctor’s House, Pawnbrokers, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware Shop, Pottery, Post Office and even a fully licensed Pub where you can pop in for a drink are among the buildings you can explore along Village Street. Elsewhere in the park, there are original buildings such as Ardcroney Church (an original Church of Ireland building moved to the park in 1998), Hazelbrook House (the home of HB ice cream’s Hughes brothers) and Vertical Mill (a corn mill based on mills used 1000 years ago). See if you and the family would be able to tough it out in a time without modern technology by going back to a simpler time.