Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions. A visit to the Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland, and the captivating Folk Park is a wonderful experience for all the family. Built in 1425, the majestic Castle was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour. It now contains mainly 15th and 16th Century furnishings, tapestries and works of art, which capture the mood of the times. Marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country, which brings to life a vital part of our medieval past.
Included are eight farmhouses, two watermills, a blacksmith’s forge, a church, a display of 19th century agricultural machinery and lots more…. A restored village street complete with pub, post office, school, doctor’s house, hardware shop, printers, drapery shop, and pawnbrokers provide the main focal point for the park which will enchant and mesmerise both young and old. There is also a fabulous new children’s playground, including slides, swings, zipwire, Viking head ship, hammock and sand play area for little ones (and not so little!) to enjoy!
Medieval Castle Banquets
Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at the majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wine and honey mead. Enjoy the dulcet tones of the Ladies of the Castle accompanied by Irish harp and fiddle during dinner, followed by a superb selection of Irish medieval and traditional songs and instrumental music. At Dunguaire Castle, on the shores of Galway Bay, an evening of superb music, song and storytelling awaits you, while at Knappogue Castle enjoy an evening of music, song & dance taking you on a musical journey from medieval times to the present day. Each castle offers a distinctive and riveting entertainment show.
For a celebration of the best traditions of Ireland, join the finest singers, dancers and musicians at the Irish Night at Bunratty Folk Park and experience the friendship of a true traditional Irish evening. You are greeted at the door by the Fear an Ti´with a wide smile and a warm handsake.Enjoy stories of life in Ireland, traditional and contemporary dancing and Irish Music with home cooked food and excellent wine. No where else can you experience the fun of what the Irish do best-Enjoy themselves… you might even learn a step or two!
Open Daily Year Round
Open daily: 09:00–17:30
Last admission: Folk Park 16:15, to Castle 16:00
Closed: Dec 24, 25, 26
Daily 17:30 & 20:45 (Reservations Necessary )
Admission Prices 2018
Child (4-18yrs): €10.50
Child (0-3yrs): Free,
Family (2 adults + up to 6 children): €61.50
For information on the Medieval Banquet please see https://www.shannonheritage.com/BunrattyCastleAndFolkPark/
LANGUAGES: Free maps in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Polish.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Tea Rooms (40 seats) serving teas, coffee, soups and sandwiches. Macs 19th century village Pub (50 seats) serves lunch. The Corn Barn (seats 200) available for groups by reservation.
SHOPPING: Gift Shop with souvenirs, books, crafts and clothes.
PARKING: Free car and coach parking on-site.
ACCESSIBILITY: The Folk Park is accessible to wheelchair users, but there are slight gradients in various parts of the paths and grounds. The Castle, a defensive fortress in origin, is not accessible, but a ramp provides wheelchair access to the base of the castle. Accessible toilet.
2¼ hours from Dublin City (M7 & N18)
1¾ hours from Cork City (N20 & N18)
1 hour from Galway (N18)
10 minutes from Shannon Airport.
The nearest bus/train station is either Ennis or Limerick Station and all scheduling/pricing information is available online at www.IrishRail.ie for trains or www.BusEireann.ie for buses.
Low Road, Bunratty, Co. Clare, Ireland
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