Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
We Generally leave Killarney Town by 9am on the morning of your tour to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The time is agreed upon with you prior to leaving to ensure it suits all of your group.
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On the Road to Bunratty Castle
The drive out to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park takes a little over 90 minutes. There is plenty to see along the way. Depending on traffic we will pass through several towns of interest. We prefer to take the optimal route for time and sight-seeing. Adare is probably the most famous town en route. The Golf Course at Adare Manor will play host to the Ryder Cup in 2026. This is fantastic international recognition of the quality of the course in this most scenic part of Ireland. We will stop in the village of Adare giving you ample opportunity to take photos of this well presented Irish Town. Then we set off to Bunratty Castle.
There is much to do and see at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. The castle itself is 15th Century although there have been encampments on site for over 1,000 years. It has a traditional tower house design and is situated in the centre of Bunratty Village. The Castle was extensively and sympathetically restored in the 1960s. This means it is in far better condition than you may expect. In fact, the Vikings and Normans who occupied this site in preceding centuries would be impressed with the structure bequeathed to future generations!
Bunratty Castle Folk Park
The Folk Park at Bunratty Castle covers twenty six acres and includes over thirty buildings. These are situated in a living village style and also a rural setting. This brings to life the 19th Century experience of residents who lived in this area. Farmhouses, shops and streets have been recreated using professional building techniques. Techniques used were based on advice from historical experts of Irish Social and Building History. Buildings range from solitary single roomed dwellings for the poor to a wonderful Georgian residence. Bunratty House was built in 1804 for the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle itself.
A Viking Playground is available to keep the young, and young at heart, busy! Farm animals are also on display and much can be learned about conservation issues and rare breeds in this region. A pet farm adds to the excitement and supervised interaction activities are available with younger animals such as lambs, rabbits and chickens.
There is so much to see and do when you visit Bunratty Castle that it is impossible for us to list it all here! So why not get in touch with us to find out more.
At 3pm we leave Bunratty Castle behind and head for Killarney. We aim to have you back in Killarney Town for 5pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day.
Price is dependent on group size. Please contact us to enquire about our special group rates.
Lewis road in Killarney
Full coach (27-50 Seats), Medium coach (17-26 Seats), Mini coach (4-16 Seats)
Time: 8:40 AM
Coach is open and driver is available to meet participants and check people in.
Time: 9:00 AM
Coach will leave the main coach park on the Lewis road in Killarney or from hotel of participants choosing
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Coach will make its way between Killarney and Adare village and heritage centre where we will be stopping for a quick break. Guided commentary provided by driver/guide.
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Get a coffee and cake or stroll out into the town of Adare and take a few pictures of the beautiful town and its thatched cottages.
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Explore the best medieval intact castle in Europe. Climb to the top of the tower and take in the majestic view over Limerick city and be Lord of all you survey. Amble through the folk park and its authentic village and learn about the day to day life of the people who undoubtedly lived in the shadow of the Tower house.
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Relax and absorb what you have learned as the coach winds its way back to Killarney.
Time: 5:00 PM
Disembark the coach in the town of Killarney.