Local Attractions

So Much To See, Do and Share

The Bunratty Manor Hotel is an ideal base for visiting and touring the unspoiled and cultural West of Ireland. Galway and Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the beautiful lakes of Killarney all within an easy day trip. For those with sporting interests, Thomond Rugby ground, home to Munster Rugby is 20 minutes down the road and many golf courses are in easy reach too.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, Bunratty

You are invited to explore two wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century castle and the 19th century folk park. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times.

Bunratty Castle
Medieval actors at Bunratty Banquet

Medieval Banquet & Traditional Irish Nights

Join the Earl of Thomond in the splendor of the main guard of Bunratty Castle for a dinner experience not to be missed! Entertainment is provided by the world renowned Bunratty Castle Entertainers accompanied by harp and violin. The evening begins with a mead reception in the Great Hall of the castle, then downstairs to enjoy a four course meal with red & white wine. Then relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Experience the magic of Irish Traditional Music, Song and dance at the Corn-Barn Bunratty. Enjoy the company of the finest singers, dancers and musicians of the local villages. Dine on home cooked food, excellent wine while enjoying lively entertainment. Irish traditional music that will have your feet tapping and your hands clapping.

Knappogue Castle and Garden, Quin

Come and enjoy the famous Knappogue Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle, Quin Co Clare. Savour the honey rich Mead which is served on arrival to the Castle. The ladies of the castle perform a programme of Music Song and Irish Traditional Dance. Enjoy a sumptuous four course banquet feast with red and white wine. Bunratty Manor would only be delighted to make reservations.

Knappogue Castle
Joseph Mischyshyn / Bunratty - Durty Nelly's Pub and Bunratty Castle

Durty Nelly’s

Durty Nelly’s is one of Ireland’s most famous pubs and offers a truly unique Irish experience through its history and character. Legend has it that Nelly herself introduced Poteen to Ireland. Enjoy great craic agus ceoil at the world renowned Durty Nelly’s where we offer Live Traditional Irish music 7 nights a week.

Thomond Park

Since the unveiling of the design for the redevelopment of Thomond Park on the 27th May 2006, rugby supporters have eagerly monitored the building progress of the stadium that has changed the skyline in Limerick forever. Now the province has a multi-purpose stadium facility to rival any modern stadia across Europe and one everyone is justifiably proud of. For more information about upcoming events contact the Bunratty Manor Hotel.

Thomond Park Stadium from thomondpark.ie
Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland. The cliffs rise from Doolin and ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) just three miles south of the village of Doolin. Being almost vertical, their sheer drop into the Atlantic ocean is a haven for sea birds.

Please ask at the desk at Bunratty Manor for more information.

Golfing in Clare

County Clare is one of Ireland’s major Golf destinations. These unique facilities for over seas golfers are little more than a game of golf away from most international destinations with Shannon International Airport at the heart of County Clare. We will be more than happy to arrange tee times for you in one of Clare’s many challenging and scenic golf courses.

Bunratty Manor Hotel will be delighted tee times in any of the golf courses.

Lahinch Golf Club in Clare
Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan

Is so much more than just another cave. Aillwee cave is unique to the geology of the Burren and it enables you to explore a little of what lies under the exciting landscape. This stunning creation of nature was formed by the melt waters of a prehistoric ice age. The cave, carved out of limestone, cuts into the heart of the mountain.

For opening times and directions contact the Front Desk at the Bunratty Manor Hotel.

Craggaunowen, Kilmurray, Sixmilebridge

Craggaunowen features a stunning re-creation of some of the homes, animals and artifacts which existed in Ireland over 1000 years ago. A major feature of the visit, is a Crannóg (meaning ‘young tree’) which is a reconstructed lake-dwelling of a type found in Ireland during the Iron Age and Early Christian periods.

Please ask at the desk at Bunratty Manor for more information

King John's Castle, Limerick

King John’s Castle, Limerick

The Castle is located at the heart of Limerick’s medieval quarter. It brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history.

The visitor centre has state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer and computer generated animations and ghostly projections accompany vistors journey back through time.

For more information Noel at the Bunratty Manor would only be delighted to help you with any queries.

Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre, Carron

The Burren Perfumery is in Carron, Co. Clare approximately one hour driving time from Shannon or Galway. Visitors can see a free audio visual on the Burren, view the distillation and soap making areas, visit the herb garden and organic tea rooms and, of course, try out Perfumery fragrances, creams, balms and other products.

Burren Perfumery products
Burren Centre, Kilfenora

Burren Display Centre, Kilfenora

The Burren is a limestone plateau on the West Coast of Ireland, famous for its wildness and the diversity of its plant life. There are more than 700 species of flowering plants here, roughly three-quarters or Ireland’s native flora. The Burren Centre gives the visitor an introduction to the visual delights and ancient mysteries which await to be discovered in this unspoiled corner of Ireland.