30th April 2021

Bunratty Folk Park re-opens to outdoor visitors

Shannon Group has announced the re-opening of Bunratty Folk Park from Friday 30th April.

The announcement follows the lifting of Government restrictions for outdoor heritage sites. The Folk Park will open four days a week initially for residents of Co. Clare and Limerick people living within 20 kilometres of the popular attraction.

Lots to see and do

Set on 26 acres of Clare countryside, there is plenty of space for social distancing. The 19th century themed Folk Park features a living village and rural setting as it would have appeared during the time of our ancestors.
Musical entertainment has been put in place and the Folk Park’s animators dressed in 19th century costumes are looking forward to sharing their stories with visitors. Among these will be the village policeman, schoolteacher and doctor.

No visit to Bunratty would be complete without a visit to see the Folk Park’s array of animals, all of whom are waiting to welcome back families to the Folk Park! Among these are Meabh and Saoirse, the Folk Park’s resident wolfhounds, who always prove very popular with visitors. Despite the fact that Bunratty Castle will remain closed, Castle guides will be on hand to give the history of the Castle from its courtyard. To add to the enjoyment, Mr O’Regan’s Café will be open for takeaway food and drinks.

Visitors must pre-book

All visitors are required to pre-book in advance of their visit. To ensure proper social distancing, a one-way system has been designed to guide visitors around the Folk Park.

Shannon Heritage has been awarded accreditation from Fáilte Ireland for its COVID-19 safety measures. There are a series of measures in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff thereby facilitating a safe and enjoyable visit to its attractions.
Warm welcome

Commenting on Bunratty Folk Park’s re-opening, Vanessa McTigue of Shannon Heritage said: “This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and we know that people are looking forward to exploring their county. We are delighted to re-open Bunratty Folk Park and look forward to extending a warm welcome to all our visitors. With the Covid safety measures we have in place at Bunratty visitors can be assured of a safe, fun and memorable experience. We are hopeful that following the next easing of restrictions we will be able to reopen our indoor attractions.”

Re-opening in time for the May Holiday Weekend, it offers residents of Co Clare and Limerick city (within 20kms) an added choice of places to visit and is sure to keep children entertained.


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