Plan Your Visit
Travel to Ireland
Ireland has four International Airports, namely, Dublin,Cork, Belfast & Shannon(closest) with scheduled services from North America, Europe & the UK on a daily basis with all the main international carriers. Please check www.shannonairport.ie or www.dublinairport.com for an up-to-date list of carriers.
The Shannon Region
Bunratty Village is just over 2¼ hrs drive from Dublin City (M7 & N18) & 1¾ hrs from Cork City (N20 & N18), 1hrs drive from Galway(N18) and 10mins drive from Shannon Airport. Your route planner is available on line at www.aaireland.ie/routes_beta/ GPS coordinates are as 52.716911, -8.81193 latitude, longitude & N52° 43.0147, W008° 48.7158
Left-hand drive is operational in Ireland. The main problem encountered by visitors here is navigating the roundabouts & interpreting the road signs!(please see below), please check http://www.rulesoftheroad.ie which will give you all the information you will need for safe driving.
Travel Tip: If you have decided to rent a car while In Ireland please make sure that the insurance policy offered by your credit card applies in Ireland – insurance offered by car rental companies can be expensive!
The nearest bus/train station is either Ennis or Limerick Station & all scheduling/pricing information is available online at www.irishrail.ie for trains or www.buseireann.ie. for buses or try www.railtoursireland.com or www.quicktours.ie . Also, luggage can be left at the Station for a small fee.
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When you arrive in Bunratty
Located just off the N18 between Limerick & Ennis.You can’t miss the Castle! A tourist once asked the question, why did they build the castle so close to the motorway!? Free parking is available at the castle year-round.
If you’re hungry or thirsty when you arrive
On site we have a wonderful Tea room in Bunratty Castle serving teas, coffees, soups & sandwiches as well as an extensive Lunch & Dinner Menu in MacNamara’s Pub, aka Macs, a 19th century village pub & restaurant fitted with old-world furnishings! Other places to eat in the Village: Dirty Nelly’s, JP Clarkes/Gallaghers, Meadows & Byrne & The Creamery Bar
Check out http://www.clare.ie for a complete visitors guide to Bunratty Village from where you can explore all that Clare has to offer including the world-famous Cliffs of Moher, Doolin (Irish Traditional Music), The Burren & many others, including places to eat, places to stay, nightlife etc
Travel Tip: Generally, tips are optional, say, rounding up to the nearest euro in taxis or a 10% tip is customary in restaurants with good service. Also, don’t leave your change on the bar as you would in the States unless you want the barman to assume that you’re being very generous!
Some tips for your stay
Weather in Ireland
Generally, Ireland has a moderate climate with temperatures rarely falling below freezing & top temperatures only reaching 27/28C. However, it has been said of Ireland that you can experience four seasons in the one day! So bring your anorak, umbrella or hat & something warm to wear for the evening as they can be chilly! Snow is very rare. The coldest months are January & February & the warmest are July & August where you can have up to 18hrs of daylight.
How are you?
People in Ireland say “how are you” as a greeting, just like hello or hi – they don’t really want you to tell them how you are really feeling! You can just reply “grand” which means “fine”!
Talk about the weather!
Comments about the weather are ubiquitous – “grand day, thank God” or “does it ever stop raining in this country?” (no response necessary!) & here’s a strange one for you – if someone says to you “it’s very close today” they mean that it’s quite warm & nothing else!
If you’re visiting from outside the European Union don’t forget that you can claim tax back on certain retail purchases. Please check with your retailer or the tax-free office at the airport. Excludes hotel accommodation, meals or car-hire.
Useful Phone Numbers
Police (Gardai) 061.212400
Regional Hospital 061.301111