Rain, Rain, Rain...& Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Travel Blog› entry 2 of 3 › view all entries
May 18th, 2009 – by: sarah_82
It was midday by the time we were sorted and left for the bus station in Limerick City. We took the 12:30 Shannon Airport bus to Bunratty and after 20 minutes arrived at our destination.
We chose 'right' and were right. €15.75-ish each bought us entry to the castle, folk park and the kind of rain that arizona farmers dream of. As we exited the ticket office to the left we came across a few old cottages sitting in the shaddow of the towering castle.
After we had seen all the castle had to share, got lost and refound ourselves again, we set out (umbrellas at the ready) to explore the folk park. I had been told by my 9 year old triplet neighbours that the best thing about Bunratty are all the animals living in the park. I had no idea we would actually find sheep, donkeys, pigs and hens roaming around the park's fields.
We had lunch of soup & a scone in a tea-room and then wandered around in the rain for an hour or so. It wasn't the full Bunratty experience - during the summer months there are people dressed in costume walking about, baking in the cottage kitchens, taking care of the animals, there is a working blacksmith and a fully operational post-office in the village. We were able to enter all the village shops all the same which was still fun.
Closing time is about 5-5:30, and again we had difficulty finding our way out. When we did locate the exit, we decided it would be wise to warm ourselves with an Irish coffee in Dirty Nelly's pub before catching the bus back to Limerick city.
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