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Several Heritage Parks are scattered about Ireland. By providing reconstructs of early Irish settlements, Heritage Parks can help visitors put the historic sites they visit in Ireland in to their proper context. If you find the history of Ireland fascinating, you will want to plan to include at least one of the “Heritage Parks” in your visit.
A Few Heritage Parks of Ireland:
The Craggaunowen Center
Bunratty Folk Park
National Heritage Park

Photo Above: A reconstructed Crannog at the Craggaunowen Center.
Sometimes, Heritage Parks are constructed next to Castles, as is the case with the Craggaunowen Center and the Bunratty Folk Park. In almost all cases Heritage Parks embrace the Natural settings in which they reside.

The Craggunowen Center and the National Heritage Park tend to focus on early Irish settlements. The Bunratty Folk Park focus is on history that is more recent and includes among its offerings a complete reconstruction of a village from the 1800's.

Castle Photo Above taken at The Craggunowen Center.

Photo Right - an early thatched hut at the Bunratty Folk Park

Photo Left - an interior view of an early cottage at the Bunratty Folk Park. In these early Irish homes, the family gained access to the second floor bedroom by a ladder.

During Irish Holidays and the regular tourist season, visitors to the Heritage Parks will often find historic reenactments in progress. Clothed in period costumes, interpreters demonstrate the craft and daily life commensurate with the era associated with the reconstruction.

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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland