Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is one of Ireland's premier visitor attractions and richly deserved to feature on the itinerary of every visitor to the Shannon region. Bunratty Castle, built in 1425, is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland and contains furnishings, tapestries and works of art from the period.
The castle is famous for the night time medieval banquets which operate there throughout the year (reservations necessary). Bunratty Folk Park, set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th Century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church a magical walled garden and village street complete with pub, post office and various shops. A Tradition Irish Night operates in the Folk Park on evenings from April- October (reservation necessary).
|Address:||Bunratty, Co. Clare|
|Location:||Just off the N18 Limerick / Ennis Road. Just 10 minutes from Shannon Airport|
|Season:||All Year ( Closed Dec 24, 25 & 26)|
|Open Times:||Year Round: 09.00-17.30 (last admission 16.15) last admission to the castle is 16.00|
|Tours:||Castle: Max no.: 40, Variable duration. Languages: English, French, German. Folk Park: Self Guided|
|Booking Contact:||Central Reservations (Tel: 061-360 788)|
|Average Visit Length:||2 1/2 hours approximately|
Family Ticket: €33.60 (2A + 2C)
|Restaurant:||Tea Room: (seats):40, Restaurant/Pub: 50, Banqueting: 141, Carvery in Barn: 190|
|Shop:||Souvenirs, Books, Craft & clothes|
|Information Guide:||English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish & Dutch|
|Group Booking Necessary:||Yes|
|Disabled Access/Parking:||Access Limited. Toilet for disabled visitors|
Bunratty Folk Park and Castle is open daily for visitors to explore. Reservations are not necessary.
Last admission to the castle – 16.00 Year Round
Jan-May / Sept-Dec
09.00-17.30 (Last admission to Folk Park 16.15)
Sat & Sun: 09.00-18.00 (Last Admission to Folk Park 17.15)
Night-time dinner entertainments
For night-time dinner entertainments, enjoy the Bunratty Medieval Castle Banquet at either 5.30pm or 8.45pm or the Traditional Irish Night at the Corn Barn at 7pm (April - October). Reservations are necessary for Dinner Entertainments.
Christmas opening hours
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park will close on December 23rd and reopen at 9am on December 27th.
(Closed on December 24th, 25th & 26th)
Times may be subject to change
The Bunratty Collection
The Bunratty Collection features over 450 items of medieval furniture and artifacts housed at Bunratty Castle in Co Clare. Superb images of each item have been added to create an interesting and accurate website to record the Bunratty Castle contents. We hope as wide an audience as possible will visit and enjoy the site at www.bunrattycollection.com
Conference & Incentive
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is the perfect venue for incentive groups. 15th Century Bunratty Castle offers the option of a spectacular Medieval Banquet. The entertainment is provided by the renowned Bunratty singers and musicians and is complemented with delicious four course meal with wine. The Traditional Irish Night at Bunratty Folk Park celebrates the best in Irish music, song and dance. At the Traditional Irish Night, the wine is plentiful and the food is cooked in a traditional way with portions that challenge the largest appetite!
At Bunratty Folk Park, our unique open air venue is ideal for incentive programs varying from short animated visits to full day interactive 19th Century activities with the popular Folk Park animators. In an authentic and unique setting, Traditional Dancing, Whiskey Tasting, Hurling, Turf Stacking and much more blend to create an experience of culture, history and wonderful entertainment
Ireland's Visitor Attractions Guide
Save up to €500!
Order your 2012 Attractions Guide Now!
At only €6.99 Ireland's Visitor Attractions Guide includes a discount pass and is great value >>