Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Another Easter holiday recap for you, lucky readers you! This time its Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Limerick/Clare. A very good friend of mine (going on 15 years now!) hails from Limerick so we try and visit with eachother whenever he is home here from London. I have wanted to go to Bunratty since he instagrammed photos of it last year. We made the 2 hour trek down there in the holidays for an afternoon of catching up and wandering.

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It was nearly 40 euro for a family ticket which I have to say is pretty steep considering its a lot of walking and looking but not a lot of doing. That being said we didnt go into the castle because, well, stairs and babies. Also we have been to quite a few castles now and only Luis really enjoys them.  They also have no playground, we saw evidence of one being built which will be awesome and bring in a big fun activity for the under 12s.

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Here are the Clevs in our Irish country house kitchen watching Mrs Patmore whip up some apple pies before the children go off with their nanny and Carson calls us for dinner…

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The village is entirely fake and has all different types of Irish historical houses that have been built and kitted out as they would have been at the time. We had a great time walking down the main street, over to the castle, and then around the church and parklands too. There are goats, sheep, donkeys, deer and dogs to see as well as pigs (Amelie’s favourite). Sadly the big house was shut when we visited, apparently this is one of the best things to see along with the castle!. So we missed out on the house, the playground and the castle. Thankfully the weather was good as the kids were happy enough running about – I think in honesty it wasn’t worth the 2 hour drive down there just to look around, but it was worth the two hour drive to see our friend!

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This was my favourite house. 4 bedrooms, 2 receptions and a big farmhouse kitchen. I could see myself here. 1895, gentry housing, full of lace, linen and the sort of wallpaper that Laura Ashley sell. Right up my street. The best bit was the crib in the parents room, at the foot of the bed. Funny how so much changes but yet some things always stay the same! Not saying there will ever be a baby number 6 but if there was this is the crib I’m going for. Health and saftey eeeh no, but looks = big thumbs up!!!

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After we finished looking around we went to Durty Nelly’s for dinner which is right opposite the castle. Have to say it was pretty pants. Service took a while, and I was waiting 5 minutes for my dinner to come out while Mr Clev and the kids already had theirs. It was expensive, and not amazing quality for the price. Also the outside seating is literally on the side of the road. It is supposed to be family friendly and recommended but I have to say Ive been to better places. If we go again (which we might one day) we will avoid this tourist trap and head for one of the more local haunts or just pack a picnic.

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Those bow top gypsy wagons – all the heart eyes for those! I would love to pack my guys into one of these, hook it up to a nice docile pony (aka not dobbin) and take off travelling, we could make flower crowns, I could wear embroidered kaftans, Mr Clev could smoke a pipe/rollie while sat at the front telling the boys tales of love and life lessons and at night we could all snuggle in one big bed under fluffy duvets. Obviously it would never rain and I could capture the whole lot for my instagram feed.  Super keen for this but fear my freedom loving sproglets and shower loving husband might not be.

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Oh to be a child. Our Easter holidays were a good mixture of days out, home activity days, home relaxing days and trips away. I am so looking forward to the Summer and already have some ideas for the summer bucket list. We must get further south in the Summer. I want to do Kerry, Kilarney, and Cork. Any recommendations for bow top caravans, normal caravans, or a hotel that will let all 7 of us stay in one room send them my way…

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