|One of Ireland’s top day visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle
is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in
Ireland. Built in 1425, it was authentically restored in 1954
to its former medieval splendour, with furnishings and
tapestries capturing the mood and style of the times. The
Folk Park, set on 26 acres, recreates 19th Century Ireland.
The park features include; recreated village street, 8
farmhouses, a water mill, blacksmith’s forge, Mac’s pub, a
restaurant and a display of 19th Century agricultural
machinery. A range of activities can be organised on
request - dancing and singing in Mac’s Pub, treasure trails,
demonstrations, fashion shows, etc. Famous medieval
banquets are held nightly year-round. The castle at present
houses one of the best collections of 14th -17th century
furniture and furnishings in Britain and Ireland.
The famous Durty Nelly's Pub is adjacent to the Castle
and is an experience not to be missed!
Experience eight hundred years of history brought to life
through animation and interactive effects at
King John's Castle in Limerick City. Built between 1200-
1210, it was repaired and extended many times. Many
features include a historical story of King John's Castle told
in dramatic fashion on two floors of the visitor centre and
archaeological excavations beneath the visitors centre
building including earliest evidence of settled life in Limerick.
From Glocca Morra B&B turn right out of the drive in the
direction of Killaloe. Stay on the R463 through Killaloe.
Do not cross the bridge. This is the Limerick road and you
stay on this until a junction at Barry's Cross. Turn left on
the R463 in the direction of Limerick. Cross over the
bridge and you can see the Ardnacrusha hydro-electric
plant to your right. Less than 1 km you will see a Maxol
Petrol Station on your right. Turn right past this station
onto the R464 through Parteen. Stay on this road into
Limerick and at the second set of traffic lights at the major
junction turn left. This is the R445. Follow this road over
the bridge and you'll see King John's Castle on your right.
Stay on this road just past the castle to a parking lot off the
road to the left. The entrance to the castle is just across
the road and weather permitting, you can walk down
alongside the castle across the bridge to view the
Treaty Stone of Limerick on the other side.
After King John's Castle, return to the parking lot and turn
left onto the R445. Follow to the roundabout and take the
last exit to retrace yourself in the other direction on the
R445. Follow this road to the major junction and continue
on straight in the direction of Shannon Airport and the N18.
You’ll come to a junction with traffic lights to turn right in the
direction of Shannon Airport. This is the N18. Follow the
N18 for about 10 minutes in the direction of Shannon
Airport outside of Limerick and you'll see Bunratty Castle
on your right hand side. A turnoff for Bunratty will be on
your left. Follow the signs to Bunratty Castle. There's
great shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills and also the
Bunratty Gift Shop. Keep to the left at the castle and turn
left before Durty Nelly's and the parking lot is on your right.
You can lunch in Durty Nelly's or at least have a pint for the
old world flavour. Be sure not to miss the Folk Park and all
the meandering walks. You may wish to partake in the
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty. Advanced reservations are
necessary since this is a popular event.
After Bunratty Castle return to the parking lot. Turn left out
of the parking lot. Take the second left past Durty Nelly's
and follow this road to bring you onto the N18. Continue in
the direction of Limerick and take the exit for Limerick City
Centre and the R445. Retrace your journey to the traffic
lights. Turn left at the traffic lights and follow to the next set
of traffic lights. Turn left and follow this road through
Parteen. At the junction, turn left onto the R463. Follow
this road to Barry's Cross and turn right onto the R463.
Follow this road into Killaloe and go straight through the
traffic lights in the direction of Scarriff. About 8km (5
miles) you'll find yourself back at
Glocca Morra B&B!
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