Bunratty is located near Shannon Town and Shannon International airport. The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. From the top of the castle, one can look over to the estuary and the airport.
Bunratty is an ideal base for visiting and touring the unspoiled, cultural West of Ireland with Galway and Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the beautiful lakes of Killarney all within an easy day trip.
In addition to hotels, there are other types of accommodation available in the village. There is a camping and caravan park just minutes from Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. The closest hostel is in the nearby village of Sixmilebridge - The Jamaica Inn, and self catering is available with Bunratty Holiday Homes or at the Castle Gardens within the Shannon Shamrock Grounds.
Bunratty Village which surronds Bunratty Castle and Folk Park offers excellent shopping including Meadows & Byrnes, The Blarney Woollen Mills and The Bunratty Folk Park Specialty Stores.
The Angsana Spa at the Bunratty Castle Hotel takes its name from the exotic Angsana tree, a statuesque tree found in the tropical rainforests of Asia. Experience sheer indulgence in the exclusive spa where the experienced Thai therapists offer a wide range of holistic treatments that will rejuvenate your body and soul. Advanced booking for the spa is recommended.
The Bunratty Cookery School offers a wide variety of courses designed to cater for every level. All the courses are delivered by professional chef and owner Donnagh Gregson. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of ten, therefore ensuring each student enjoys unrivaled equipment levels and personal tuition in a truly inspiring learning environment, which matches our approach to all aspects of cuisine.
And don’t forget to visit Bunratty Winery where Meade is made! Bunratty Mead is a traditional wine served at the Medieval Castle Banquets which take place in Bunratty Castle all year round. Bunratty Meade is produced from an ancient Irish recipe of pure honey, fruit of the vine and natural herbs. It's a medium sweet wine, with a wide taste appeal, and suitable for all important occasions. As the drink of the ancient Celts, Mead derives much of its appeal through Irish Folklore, which is legendary of this mystical drink with strong attachments to Ireland. If music be the food of love then Bunratty Meade is surely the drink of passion. First discovered by Irish monks in the middle ages, Mead was believed to have the magical powers of virility and fertility. In ancient times it became the custom for the bride and groom to drink Mead for one full moon after their wedding, hence the term "Honeymoon" still used today.
When visiting Bunratty one should not miss the opportunity to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park which is open all year round. Traditional Irish Nights take place regularly at the castle which are a great way to spend an evening.