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Daytime Attractions

Welcome to our world of Medieval Castles and foremost visitor attractions in the heart of Ireland’s Mid West Region.  When you visit a Shannon Heritage attraction, prepare yourself for an adventure through time.

Come with us into the magic and mystery of the Prehistoric, Celtic, Viking, Anglo-Norman and Native Irish Ancestries. Discover the events and milestones of the people and places which have shaped our destiny and made us the Irish Celts we are today.

Whether you plan to meet our wonderful Bean a Ti at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, marvel at the wild boar in Craggaunowen, or explore the life of a medieval soldier at King John’s Castle. We invite you to join us on our journey through time.  A world of choice awaits you …

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Bunratty 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. Read more

King John’s Castle

You will find a visit to King John’s Castle both inspiring and exciting.  This remarkably intact Castle with its imposing walls and towers dominate the landscape of Limerick city as much today, as it did centuries ago. Visit the new visitor centre, enjoy the exhibition and relax in the Café afterwards. Read more

Craggaunowen

Craggaunowen is Ireland’s original award winning Pre-historic Park, we call it the “the Living Past Experience”.  Follow in the footsteps of the fascinating Celts in Ireland and the many advances they brought about in Irish society at that time. Read more

Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden  

Irish Castles have a special appeal and magic for most people and none more so than Knappogue Castle. You will fall in love, not only with the impressive castle itself, but also with its lovingly tended gardens and with the soft rolling landscape surrounding it. Read more

Dunguaire Castle

Outside the picturesque village of Kinvara lies Dunguaire Castle – a landmark on the shores of Galway Bay. You will be inspired by the legacy of literary giants associated with the wonderful Castle of Dunguaire meaning the “Fort of Guaire”, King of Connaught who died in 662 AD. Read more

Brian Boru Heritage Centre  

The imaginative exhibition at the Brian Boru Heritage Centre charts the history of Killaloe, Brian Boru, and the town’s Celtic and nautical significance. You will gain an insight into the theme of Celtic Ireland tracing the history of the arrival of Christianity and the monastic tradition, as well as the development of the Shannon River as a transport system. Read more

Malahide Castle & Gardens

Malahide Castle and Gardens is a must see on any itinerary to Ireland.  Here, just a short distance from Dublin, you will marvel at the splendor of one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland. Read more