Bunratty Castle: Frequently Asked Questions

Bunratty Castle

The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. It is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland construction completed in 1425AD. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Discover more about this iconic castle as we answer some of the frequently asked questions about the structure, it’s history and location.

How far is Bunratty Castle from Dublin?
Bunratty Castle is approximately 220 kilometers (137 miles) from Dublin. The journey typically takes around 2.5 to 3 hours by car or bus, depending on traffic conditions.

How to Get to Bunratty Castle from Dublin?
With Wild Rover Tours, you can enjoy a comfortable and scenic journey from Dublin to Bunratty Castle. Our tours include transportation, making it easy for you to sit back and relax.

Where is Bunratty Castle in Ireland?
Bunratty Castle is located in County Clare, in the village of Bunratty. It is conveniently situated between Limerick and Shannon, making it easily accessible from both cities.

What to Visit in Bunratty Castle?
Bunratty Castle is a treasure trove of history and culture. Visitors can explore the well-preserved medieval fortress, its impressive Great Hall, and various rooms furnished with 15th and 16th-century artifacts. The surrounding Bunratty Folk Park offers a glimpse into traditional Irish village life, complete with reconstructed buildings and live demonstrations.

Can You Stay in Bunratty Castle?
While you cannot stay overnight in Bunratty Castle itself, the area offers several accommodation options. Nearby, you will find Bunratty Castle Hotel and other charming bed and breakfasts, allowing you to stay close to this historic site.

What Was Bunratty Castle Used For?
Bunratty Castle served as a defensive fortress and residence for various noble families over the centuries. It played a significant role in local and regional politics during medieval times and has been meticulously restored to reflect its historical significance.

Is Bunratty Castle a Norman Castle?
Yes, the current Bunratty Castle structure is a Norman castle. The first defensive structure on the site was built by the Normans in the early 13th century. The current castle, completed in 1425, is one of the best-preserved examples of a Norman tower house in Ireland.

What Town is Bunratty Castle In?
Bunratty Castle is located in the village of Bunratty, County Clare. This quaint village is nestled between the cities of Limerick and Ennis.

When Was Bunratty Castle Built?
The current structure of Bunratty Castle was completed in 1425, though the site has a history of fortifications dating back to around 1250 and was a Viking trading camp in 970.

Who Built Bunratty Castle?
The present-day Bunratty Castle was built by the MacNamara family around 1425. It later became the stronghold of the O’Brien family, who were Earls of Thomond.

Who Lived in Bunratty Castle?
Bunratty Castle was home to the MacNamara family who built it, and later the O’Brien family, one of the most powerful clans in Ireland, who resided there as the Earls of Thomond.

What Does Bunratty Mean?
The name “Bunratty” derives from the Irish “Bun na Raite,” meaning “End of the Raite River.” The castle is situated near the mouth of the Ratty River.

What is There to Do in Bunratty?
In addition to exploring the castle and the folk park, visitors can enjoy traditional Irish banquets held in the Great Hall, offering a unique dining experience with medieval entertainment. The surrounding village offers charming shops, pubs, and scenic walks along the Ratty River.

Plan Your Visit with Wild Rover Tours

Join Wild Rover Tours for an unforgettable trip to Bunratty Castle. Our expert guides will ensure you have a memorable experience, diving deep into the history and culture of this iconic Irish landmark. Book your Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher tour today.