Bunratty Castle, a striking medieval fortress, boasts a captivating history that dates back to the 15th century. Bunratty Castle is located in County Clare and is approximately 20 minutes from Limerick City and roughly two and a half hours from Dublin, allowing you to easily incorporate it into your Irish travel itinerary. It is about 15 minutes from Shannon Airport.
Getting There and Parking
The castle is well signposted from major roads in the area, and there’s ample parking available on-site, ensuring a hassle-free visit.
Full details of the attraction can be found here at https://www.bunrattycastle.ie. It is recommended to book tickets in advance and check the website for the latest ticket prices.
The Village of Bunratty
Adjacent to the castle lies the Bunratty Folk Park, a living museum that recreates the Ireland of the time. You can explore traditional thatched cottages, a working watermill, and even catch a glimpse of farm animals. It’s a wonderful complement to your castle visit, offering a deeper understanding of Irish rural life.
Hungry after your castle adventure? You’re in luck! There are several dining options both inside and outside the castle grounds. We went for food at The Creamery Bar & Restaurant, a short walk outside of Bunratty Castle. The Creamery, was built about 1804, now serves delicious Irish cuisine while preserving the charm of its past.
Exploring the Castle
Inside Bunratty Castle, you’ll be awestruck by the well-preserved medieval decor, including the majestic Great Hall and the richly furnished rooms. The castle’s guided tours provide fascinating insights into the lives of its inhabitants throughout the centuries.
Along with all the attractions, Bunratty Castle has an impressive playground with treehouse like towers and bridges, sandpits, swings and obstacles.