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.
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. After your days shopping, treat yourself to a great meal and drink in some of the finest bars & restaurants around. From Durty Nellies and the Creamery bar to J.P. Clarkes and Gallaghers restaurant, you will not be leaving Bunratty with an empty belly!
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.
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.