Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendors and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past.
Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Traditional jobs and crafts, such as milling, forging, pottery, printing, baking and farming are also represented.
This tour is provided on an Open Voucher basis. There is no need for reservations, simply take your voucher to Bunratty Castle for admission.
Recommend a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes; safer to plan for 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Same as meeting point
9:00am - 5:30pm daily
Meals, drinks, transportation to/from
Bunratty Castle, Bunratty Co. Clare, is located 6 miles from Shannon Airport just off the main dual road between Shannon and Limerick. Follow the directional signs which are visible from the N18.
Last admission to Castle is 4:00pm and to Folk Park is 4:15pm.
Closed Good Friday & Dec 24th-26th.