Welcome to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, one of Ireland’s best loved and most iconic visitor attractions.

Nestled in a quiet corner of County Clare chat to the characters, visit the homesteads and meet the animals that shaped Irish life in the early 1900’s. Let your little ones  loose in our Viking playground or explore our magical new fairy trail that takes you on a fun-filled, fantasy adventure through this wonderful woodland attraction.

Folk Park Animals

There is a place not far from home, where animals wander and Irish wolfhounds roam. Where farming is done in the traditional way, with fields and meadows where children play…

Bunratty Folk Park is home to a wide variety of animals native to Ireland of the late 18th century. From pigmy goats to soay sheep, native Irish red deer to our regal Irish Wolfhounds, baby piglets to native Irish donkeys, meet these animals in their natural habitat and learn about their importance to Irish country life in the early 1900’s. Enjoy a cuddle with some of the folk park’s cutest and youngest residents at our brand new Pet Farm opening in June 2019 which will home rabbits, lambs, goats, chickens and ducks to name but a few.

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There is a place where fairies hide and pixies seek…

Your little ones will have magic weaved all around them by even littler ones at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park’s brand new  Fairy Trail Experience. Bring the family on a magical adventure around our wonderful woodland estate. Visit the Fairy Travel Centre and learn where fairies go on their holidays. Enrol in Fairy University and learn what it takes to get your wings or why not find a quiet nook in the Fairy Library and read from the fairy’s magical book of spells. With a Fairy Water Wheel, Dummy Tree and Wishing Water Lilly and much more, enjoy hours of endless fun exploring this magical fairy fortress.

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Fairy Trail

Meet the characters

There is a place where bread is baked as it used to be, on an open fire by the Bean An Ti …

Ever wonder what the secret is to creating the perfect apple pie or how they cured an ailment in the olden days? No visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is complete without an encounter with one of our friendly folk park characters.

From the Bean an Ti’s busy baking bread on open turf fires, always willing to tell a tale from days gone by to our headmaster Mr Hasset in the village schoolhouse happy to educate visitors on a few words of Gaeilge or teach a traditional tune or two! Indeed why not stop for have a chat with our farmer Seamus, as he takes our two most famous residents, Irish Wolfhounds  Meabh and Saoirse, on their daily walks through the park or sit back and enjoy a live seisuin on the village street with our resident musicians who bring the park alive with their eclectic mix of traditional Irish music.
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Shannon Heritage is constantly looking at ways to enhance our customer experiences with value adding products and services.

We are delighted to offer our customers an Annual Membership programme that offers many benefits to users. 

Both cards offer special admission rates to all Shannon Heritage day visitor attractions and evening entertainments in Counties: Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Members can also avail of discounts on all purchases at Shannon Heritage operated Tea Rooms and Gift Shops.

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