The small village of Bunratty is located off the N18, main Limerick to Galway road. Undoubtedly, its main feature and spectacle is the great Bunratty Castle, which towers over the river of the same name. (The river is also known as the Owenogarney.)
Origin of Name: The name Bunratty in Irish is ‘Bun Rataigh’ -‘The Foot or Bottom of the Ratty’.
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former splendor and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art capturing the mood of those times. Bunratty Folk Park gives visitors a taste of what village life was like back in the castle’s glory days.
The village of Bunratty offers many shops, restaurants and bars and there is a wide selection of hotels, guest houses, B&B, camping and self catering accommodation options to choose from.
While you’re in the area, Bunratty Winery is also worth a visit – where you can see Bunratty Meade being made. This is the traditional wine served at the Medieval Castle Banquets which take place in Bunratty Castle all year round. A medium-sweet wine, Bunratty Meade is made using an ancient Irish recipe of pure honey, fruit of the vine and natural herbs.