Primary School

Welcoming School Tours for Over 50 Years

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park has a proud history of welcoming school tours from near and far for over 50 years.
Offering students the opporunity to step back in time to see how our ancestors, lived, farmed and carried out everyday tasks is showcased in our "living museum" setting. Our colourful village characters including the schoolteacher, policeman, Bean an Tí's and resident musicians bring our visitor experience to life in an interactive, entertaining and engaging manner for young and old alike.


The Bunratty Explorer Tour

A self-guided tour that encompasses all elements of the castle and folk park

Highlights include

·         15th Century Medieval Castle
·         Meet the Village Characters
·         Interactive Fairy Trail Experience
·         Pa’s Pet Farm (Open from mid May onwards)
·         Baking and Craft Demonstrations (subject to availability) 
·         Native Irish Animals
·         30 Buildings spanning 200 years of history
·         Viking Playground
·         Regency Walled Garden
·         Woodland Walks and Nature Trails

€8 per child. Duration 2.5 hrs



Engage & Explore Tour

Guided Tour of Castle and self guided tour of folk park plus 1 activity of your choice – €12 per child. Duration: Allow up to 3 hrs in total

  • Animal Husbandry & Conservation – Daily rounds with our resident farmer gathering eggs, feeding the animals and learning the importance of animal care and welfare. For more information Click Here

  • Butter Churning with Bunratty Folk Park Bean an Ti - The Bean an ti demonstrate the making of butter in the old style manner using a milk separator and 19th century butter churn.  Students will learn about this period and benefit from the sage advice of these capable and wise ladies!


Fossetts Circus - School Tour Special Offer

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is delighted to welcome back the world famous Fossetts Circus from June 13th to 16th 2023.

The perfect option for your 2023 school tour there will be Matinee performances at 12.00 noon daily on June 13th, 14th, 15th, & 16th .


  • Circus Matinee School Tour Child  €15.00 per child

Includes full day access to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Circus Performance

  • 2 Free Teachers Places per School 

  • Additional Teachers €15.00 per person

Please alow at least 2.5 hours for Circus and Folk Park visit.
We recommend arriving at 11.30am to allow adequete time for a 12pm start to the circus performance.

More about Fossets Circus
Featuring the very best of international circus performers while presenting the incredible skills and daring of our own family members all in our unique style of circus show, featuring jugglers, Aerial acrobats and dare devils.

Highlights include “The Globe of Speed” featuring FMX Stunt Motorcycle rides, The Wheel of Death, and High in the roof of the Big top the Thrilling “Flying Trapeze” and much much more.  We are thrilled to include exciting and new circus presentations never before seen in Ireland

Throughout the LIVE fast paced performance “IRELAND’S FAVOURITE CLOWN” “Otto” will bring his special brand of magic (and Mayhem) to our Show!

A firm favourite with children and adults alike, Otto has promised us that he has a few new tricks up his sleeve this year.

Ring mistress Marion Fossett, will keep the whole show flowing as usual. Housed in a Theatre style Big top, this magical production will sure bring Fun, Laugther and enjoyment to all ages this 2023 summer season….

To avail of our Fossetts Circus School Tour Special please contact Marie Brennan on 061 711251 or email