|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.
Few Heritage Parks of Ireland:
Above: A reconstructed Crannog at the
||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.
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
Photo Above taken at The Craggunowen Center.
Photo Right - an
early thatched hut at the Bunratty Folk Park
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.
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.