At Ireland’s premier visitor attraction you are invited to explore three wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle, the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park and the Village Street.
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. Bunratty Castle closes each day at 4pm to prepare for the Medieval Banquet
The Bunratty Collection features over 450 items of medieval furniture and artifacts housed at Bunratty Castle in Co Clare. Superb images of each item have been added to create an interesting and accurate website to record the Bunratty Castle contents. We hope as wide an audience as possible will visit and enjoy the site at www.bunrattycollection.com.
At night time the castle is the impressive setting for medieval banquets which are held year round.
Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher who give the site its sparkle during the summer months. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub! It’s a wonderful experience for adults and children alike with something for everyone to enjoy!
Another very interesting feature is the formal Bunratty Walled Garden, modelled on the original Regency period garden which supplied fruit, vegetables, and flowers to Bunratty House built in 1804 and now refurbished in typical Victorian style.
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During a visit to The Hunt Museum you can choose to explore the collection by yourself or take one of our regular guided tours.
Those that choose to explore the exhibition unguided can discuss the artefacts on an informal basis with our Docent guides who are available in the galleries.
King John's Castle is currently reopened after a €6 million redevelopment programme. In 2013, visitors of all ages will find something to inspire and excite them at King John’s Castle in Limerick City. They will experience Limerick’s history as never before. The castle will boast a brand new visitor centre, bringing together the castle’s remarkable archaeology and 21st century technology allowing visitors to fully explore and discover King John’s Castle.
It’s a mighty fortress with a dramatic history and over 800 years of stories within its walls, which will be all brought to life in a stunning new exhibition. Touch-screen technology will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Watch out for a dazzling array of CGI animations and ghostly projections. Visitors will be able to try on historic costumes - eighteenth century dresses or chainmail tunics. 3D models, discovery drawers and audio visuals will help the visitor to delve into the castle’s History. Enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval Limerick as you stroll through the visitor centre.
In the busy courtyard, you will discover a medieval campaign tent, a blacksmiths forge and scenes from a seventeenth century siege. Costumed Guides will reveal the secrets and scandals of castle life. Watch out for updates on facebook http://www.facebook.com/KingJohnsCastle
King John’s Castle is a 13th century Castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City. The Castle overlooks the majestic River Shannon offering wonderful views of Limerick City. Discover history at its best, magnificent views and life in Norman times. Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
Exciting news for King John's Castle as a €5.7 million redevelopment gets underway this year. Outlining the proposed work at the Castle Dr. Cunnane (CEO of Shannon Development) said: “The essence of the new visitor experience at King John’s Castle is to make the Castle itself the core attraction, boosted by living interpretation and re-enactment. The introduction of a wide range of new technologies and specialist multi media techniques will be used to bring the Castle’s development and historical events to life within the context of improved exhibition, interpretation and visitor facilities.
King John, as “Lord of Ireland” minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the Castle mint. Today you can receive your own special coin as a souvenir of your visit to the Castle. The sights, scenes and sounds of the Castle and its environs all combine to recreate the atmosphere of the era.
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Whether you visit the Millennium Theatre to see ballet, opera, drama, dance, comedy, music events or if you take part in one of our many community projects, education workshops or student/youth theatre productions. Or if you are simply here to visit our website and book your tickets. Whatever the reason we would like to warmly welcome you and hope you return many times.
Located next door to Internationally famous Thomond Park which is the home ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world, the LIT Millennium Theatre with its harmonious avant-garde glass and steel structure is the perfect intimate venue for a great evenings entertainment.
Opened in March 2003 the Millennium quickly established a reputation as a leading producing theatre. Our policy is to present a comprehensive range of outstanding entertainment fulfilling the needs of local theatre-goers. The comfortable auditorium, seating up to 350, is fully air-conditioned. Other theatre facilities include a bar, refreshment kiosk, and a spacious foyer.
The LIT Millennium Theatre is a superb venue with a great informal atmosphere for all visitors. It is fully committed to producing one the of the best and most diverse theatre programs in the country including the very best small-scale professional theatre, dance and performance companies. The programme each year includes top quality professional productions, local and amateur shows, school, college and community presentations alike. At the Millennium you are guaranteed a warm welcome and our varied programme of events ensures that you will always find something you'll enjoy.
Phone: 061 293190
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