7 Things to Do in Bunratty That You Shouldn't Miss

December 3, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Bunratty (Irish: Bun na Raite, meaning "End of the Raite river") is a village and civil parish in County Clare, Ireland. Bunratty Castle is located near the village. The village is accessed by the N18 connecting it to Limerick and to Galway. The Raite river defines the eastern boundary of the parish, and flows into the Shannon Estuary, which defines the southern boundary.
Restaurants in Bunratty

1. Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Shannon Heritage Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 360 788
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4.5 based on 846 reviews

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at this majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wine and honey mead.

Reviewed By Vansportsfan - Toronto, Canada

This was an optional dinner with a tour group and those of us that went had a splendid time. From the greeting at the entrance to the pre-dinner mead and singsong then into the dining room for a grand dinner with wine flowing and more singing, beautiful harp playing and then being piped out at the end.
It was a lot of fun and something memorable. The castle was stately and the costumes beautiful. Certainly well worth the price especially when you compare it to what you pay to see a concert, play or even sports event back home.

2. Bunratty Castle

Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 360 788
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Bunratty Castle

unratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. This is your chance to experience a window on Ireland’s past and explore the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. Bunratty Castle Welcome to Bunratty Castle, the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Bunratty Folk Park Enjoy the sights, sounds tastes, scents, of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course McNamara’s pub! meet the village characters, sample some freshly baked bread by our resident Bean an Ti's (woman of the house) and for little visitors explore of quaint fairy village and pirate adventure playground

Reviewed By travelkitty50 - Frederick

We visited here since it was close to the hotel and had lunch twice at a good pub across the road (separate reviews). This is a large complex which also has a recreated folk village, a farmhouse (not open) and two very friendly, calm resident wolfhounds which we met. The weather that day started out windy but sunny and with a half hour turned to cold hail. No one was surprised when I told them this later that day; there it can be four seasons in one day. All part of the experience which was great. It must be loads of fun when it's warm out.

3. Shannon Heritage

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 360 788
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Shannon Heritage

Reviewed By Christine E

Oh this was a wonderful place! Very well done. They have brought in authentic historic dwellings of different types, from a simple 1800s farm dwelling of the west Ireland area, to the large minor gentry home. It is set up such that you feel you are walking around an authentic village. My daughter, nearly 20, was very interested and thought it a great experience.
They have docents baking bread, churning butter and separating milk and cream in the traditional ways using the authentic old tools, pots and fireplaces. It's just a delightful place!

4. The Lawrence Collection Costume Photography

O'Brien Studio, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 364 577
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

The Lawrence Collection Costume Photography

The Costume Studio started in August 1982. We are situated in the grounds of Bunratty Folk Park, in the recreated 19th Century Village Street,opening hours 10.30 to 5.30pm during the months April to October, prices Start from € 25.00 and no appointment is required Note: afternoons in summer months are very busy.Max number in any one Photograph is 8(due to size of Studio) Also on show The Lawrence Collection Ireland 1890 - It’s the only word to describe the joy of being able to hang on your wall a picture that combines charm, warmth and part of your past.

Reviewed By almaryan - Limerick

We visited yesterday with friends from the UK and our small child. We had a very nice experience, the photographer is great with children who aren't keen on the whole idea and we came away with two lovely photo momentos of our day at Bunratty....MoreJokes.......................................Oops.................................i could be a cranky man which is worse...........................all in the eye of the beholder .................................???????????????????????????? whats one man's Meat .......................is another man's Poison cheers laughing Terry

5. The Creamery Bar

Old Road, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 364 114
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4 based on 38 reviews

The Creamery Bar

Reviewed By janed592014

My husband has limited mobility. I planned to use taxis throughout our trip. We arranged to be left in Bunratty by our Paddy Wagon tour. When I realized the hotel was a little further than he could walk I asked a guy working at the Creamery to call a Taxi. He said the Taxis come from Shannon and are expensive. So he drove us there. How special! There food was very good and the atmosphere fun.

6. Angsana Spa Bunratty

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 478 730
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Resting on the hillside beside River Ratty, the spa offers a fine selection of Asian-therapies using natural ingredients.

Reviewed By DoloresJacoby - West Palm Beach, Florida

After lots of traveling, the best part of staying at the Bunratty Cadtle Hotel was heading to the Angsana Spa. They have a great hot tub.

7. Bunratty Winery

N18 East, Bunratty, Ireland +353 61 362 222
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3.5 based on 22 reviews

Bunratty Winery

Reviewed By Bobum1056 - Columbia, South Carolina

It's NOT a winery tour like you would think. You don't see it being made or the behind the scenes workings but, you do get to taste the two wines that they do produce on the grounds.

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