The Village of Bunratty is located just a ten minute drive from Shannon airport. This historic village is situated on the N18 between Limerick City and Ennis. It is just 13kms (8mls) from Limerick City and 8kms (5mls) from Shannon Airport and 25kms (15mls) from Ennis.
The name Bunratty translates to Bún Ráite in Irish. Bún meaning the 'bottom' and 'Ráite' is the Irish for’ The Ratty River' which flows beside the castle into the nearby Shannon estuary. From the top of the castle, one can look across the beautiful Shannon River estuary to Shannon Airport and Foynes.
This small village offers everything from a cookery school to a winery, with Hotels, Castle Banquets, Traditional Irish Nights, Restaurants and Pubs in between.
Bunratty is a place that offers all that is best in Irish hospitality. It has been doing just that for centuries!!
In addition to hotels, there are other types of accommodation available in the village. There is a camping and caravan park just minutes from Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. To make a reservation for a Bed & Breakfast or Guesthouse click here. The closest hostel is in the nearby village of Sixmilebridge - The Jamaica Inn and self catering is available with Bunratty Holiday Homes or at the Castle Gardens within the Shannon Shamrock Grounds.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa www.radissonblu.ie/hotel-limerick
Dromoland Castle http://www.dromoland.ie
Oakwood Arms Hotel Shannon http://www.oakwoodarms.com/
Carragerry House http://www.carrygerryhouse.com/
Park Inn at Shannon Airport http://www.parkinn.ie/airporthotel-shannon?facilitator=BIGMOUTHMEDIAREZIDOR&csref=g_en_pd_air_3_snnpq
Shannon Court Hotel http://www.irishcourthotels.com/shannon_hotel_ballycasey_clare.php
There are a number of pubs including the world famous 'Durty Nellie's', The Creamery, JP Clarke’s and Macs Pub in the Folk Park to name but a few.
Bunratty offers excellent shopping including Meadows & Byrnes, The Blarney Woollen Mills and The Bunratty Folk Park Specialty Stores.
The Angsana Spa at the Bunratty Castle Hotel takes its name from the exotic Angsana tree, a statuesque tree found in the tropical rainforests of Asia.
Experience sheer indulgence in the exclusive spa where the experienced Thai therapists offer a wide range of holistic treatments that will rejuvenate your body and soul. Advanced booking for the spa is recommended.
Bunratty is a lovely village and a great base to visit Clare & Limerick.
Railtours Ireland operates a day trip (Monday through Saturday) to Ireland's rugged and unique mid-western coast of Co. Clare. The tour starts at Dublin Heuston Train Station at 7am, Limerick Rail Station at 9.15am or at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park at 9.45am. The day starts with a visit to the Castle & Folk Park, then to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the Burren (which is an area of limestone rock covering imposing majestic mountains, and tranquil valleys with gently meandering streams) and Galway Bay. A flavour of Galway City concludes the tour before your return to Bunratty, Limerick or Dublin.
The Bunratty Cookery School offers a wide variety of courses designed to cater for every level. All the courses are delivered by professional chef and owner Donnagh Gregson. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of ten, therefore ensuring each student enjoys unrivaled equipment levels and personal tuition in a truly inspiring learning environment, which matches our approach to all aspects of cuisine.
And don’t forget to visit Bunratty Winery where meade is made!
Bunratty Mead is a traditional wine served at the Medieval Castle Banquets. It is produced from an ancient Irish recipe of pure honey, fruit of the vine and natural herbs. It's a medium sweet wine, with a wide taste appeal, and suitable for all important occasions. As the drink of the ancient Celts, Mead derives much of its appeal through Irish Folklore, which is legendary of this mystical drink with strong attachments to Ireland.
If music be the food of love then Bunratty Meade is surely the drink of passion. First discovered by Irish monks in the middle ages, Mead was believed to have the magical powers of virility and fertility. In ancient times it became the custom for the bride and groom to drink Mead for one full moon after their wedding, hence the term "Honeymoon" still used today. Bunratty Meade, the result of marrying pure honey and the fruit of the vine together with selected herbs recreates this legendary wine.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bunratty!