Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Getting there

The Oakwood Shannon is located just a 7 minute drive from Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The Oakwood Hotel is also ideally located less than 2 miles from Shannon Airport making us the perfect place to stay during your visit.


Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is a must on your itinerary to Ireland. Experience a window into Ireland’s past and explore the world renowned 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park.

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle is one of the most the most complete and authentic medieval castles 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. The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. It has been open to the public since 1962 is open to visitors year round.

Bunratty Castle also hosts medieval banquets. You can join join The Earl of Thomond for a glorious medieval banquet at the 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.

Bunratty Folk Park

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds tastes, scents of 19th century Ireland as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor's house, hardware shop, printers and McNamara’s pub.

Bunratty Folk Park gives you an opportunity to experience a living reconstruction of the homes and environment of Ireland of over a century ago. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting with costumed characters and animators.

Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time according to their social standing, from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House ,a Georgian residence for the gentry built 1804 home of the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle.

Bunratty Fairy Village

Ireland is famed for magical stories and legends of Fairies giving them a significant place in Irish culture and folklore. One of the most exciting finds in Bunratty Folk Park in recent years is that of a Fairy village located in a pretty woodland section of the Folk Park.

The fairies welcome visitors into their fairy village but are notoriously shy and may not always appear. You can explore the fantastic the willow tunnel and willow hut in the surroundings of the magical forest trail.

If you are looking for a hotel near Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, The Oakwood Shannon is your perfect choice.


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