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Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Explore a striking castle, experience life in 19th-century Ireland, walk amid manicured gardens and enjoy a medieval banquet at this family-friendly attraction.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a major County Clare attraction for visitors of all ages. Delve into the history of one of Ireland’s most authentic medieval castles. Travel back to the 1800s while visiting recreations of rural dwellings, pubs, shops and workshops. At Bunratty Caste & Folk Park, be part of lively folk parties and themed dinners, celebrating the traditions of the Middle Ages.  

A great place to start your visit is at the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. Built by the noble MacNamara family in 1425 and restored to its original splendor in 1954, the castle stands on a 10th-century Viking trading site. Admire the magnificent ceremonial halls, visit the dungeon and walk on the battlements. Spot antique furniture, portraits, tapestries and other artifacts from the 15th and 16th centuries, which form part of the Bunratty Collection.

Stroll around the 26-acre (11-hectare) Folk Park to see a slice of Ireland’s rural customs. Discover a collection of over 30 buildings, including grocery stores, humble abodes and tradesmen’s studios. Stroll along the village street, browse the shops and have a drink in a traditional pub. Learn about the lifestyle of a bygone era while chatting to costumed characters.

Don’t miss the Bunratty Walled Garden, attached to the Georgian-style mansion Bunratty House. Established in the early 1800s, it served as a kitchen garden. Appreciate the views toward the River Shannon Estuary.

Time your visit to coincide with evening events. Feast on plates piled high with meat at the year-round medieval banquets. Watch performances of typical Irish folk dancing from April to October.

Located in the village of Bunratty, the castle is about a 20-minute drive west of Limerick. Public buses link the attraction with both Limerick and Shannon. Park in front of the attraction’s main entrance.

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is open daily, except for select public holidays, and has an admission fee. Take a guided tour of the castle and Bunratty Collection given by knowledgeable guides. Ask at the reception area for more details.

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Bunratty Castle Hotel and Angsana Spa ¥7,606
Bunratty Castle Hotel and Angsana Spa

Bunratty Castle Hotel and Angsana Spa

Bunratty, Bunratty, Clare
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Bunratty, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport ¥8,093
    Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

    Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport

    Shannon, Country Clare, Shannon, Clare
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Shannon Golf Club and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      The Courtyard B&B ¥9,633
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      The Courtyard B&B

      The Courtyard, Bunratty Village, Bunratty, Clare
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Bunratty, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        Dunaree

        Dunaree

        Low Road,, Bunratty, Clare (county)
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Bunratty, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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          Bunratty West Holiday Homes

          Bunratty West Holiday Homes

          Castle Gardens, Bunratty
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Bunratty, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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            Bunratty Castle Gardens Home

            Bunratty Castle Gardens Home

            Castle Gardens, Bunratty
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Bunratty, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Briar Lodge
              Briar Lodge

              Briar Lodge

              Hill Road,-, Bunratty, Clare (county)
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Bunratty, this bed & breakfast is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery. Skycourt Shopping Centre and Cratloe Woods are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Treacys Oakwood Hotel ¥7,366
                Treacys Oakwood Hotel

                Treacys Oakwood Hotel

                Airport Road, Shannon, Clare
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Shannon, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Shannon Golf Club. Cratloe Woods and Dromoland Castle Golf and Country Club are also within 9 mi (15 km).