Ireland may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.

Find out moreOpens in new tab or window

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top things to do in Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Top Hotels Close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
4 out of 5
Bunratty, Bunratty, Clare
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $88 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6

Situated in Bunratty, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Gaelic Grounds and Thomond Park. King John's ...

4.2/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"The food was amazing, both breakfast and dinner, with generous portions. Great location. Everything was clean and in good working order, bed was huge. Decent channels on tv (they had Sony movies). Hallways were exremely warm as all radiators were on which was uncomfortable but understandable. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
4 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Get Rates

Situated in Bunratty, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Cratloe Woods is 3 mi (4.9 ...

Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
3 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Get Rates

Situated in Bunratty, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Cratloe Woods is 3 mi (4.9 ...

Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
75
5 - Excellent 62.5%
4 - Good
40
4 - Good 33.333333333333336%
3 - Okay
4
3 - Okay 3.3333333333333335%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.8333333333333334%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Have visited the Castle in the past but Gallagher's seafood was amazing. Best mussels and fresh oysters on the trip. Venison was excellent as was the seafood curry.

5/5 - Excellent

MG

Dec 4, 2019

Plan enough time. Very quaint and enjoyable to walk around. We did not go during the season - some things were not open

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Enjoyed this castle because some of it has been restored to what it would have been back in the medieval era. Lots of spiral staircases and rooms to explore. The folk park is really well done with many houses and buildings and farms in a recreated Irish village you can go inside and imagine life during different periods of time in Ireland’s history. We also did the medieval dinner, which is in Bunratty Castle after it closes to the general public, we were entertained with traditional Irish music, with a violin and harp and beautiful voices. The served a potatoes purée soup, spare ribs and chicken breast with vegetables with a cheesecake for dessert. There is an extra fee for the banquet.

5/5 - Excellent

ConorMcCourt

Jul 20, 2019

Chris the Butler was an excellent host ...a must when in Limerick area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 14, 2019

Midevil banquet was great. Fun and good food

5/5 - Excellent

Sharron

Mar 30, 2019

A bit touristy but worth the visit with two teenagers. Good dining options close by.

Popular places to visit in Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Choose two or more items and save on your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
4 out of 5
Bunratty, Bunratty, Clare
The price is $88 per night from Jan 5 to Jan 6
Bunratty Castle Hotel, BW Signature Collection
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
4 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4020
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
3 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4043
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4046
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4046
4 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4046
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4002
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4002
3 out of 5
2 Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4002
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4008
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4008
3 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4008
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4018
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4018
2.5 out of 5
31 Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4018
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4019
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4019
3 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4019
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4021
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4021
3 out of 5
Castle gardens, Bunratty, Clare (county)
Castle Gardens 3 bed 4021
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.