Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Join the Earl of Thomond for a glorious banquet at this majestic 15th century Bunratty Castle. The Earl’s Butler welcomes guests from the four corners of the world toasting an era of great Irish taste with excellent food, fine wine and honey mead.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • BittenByBigTravelBug
    29 contributions
    Enjoyable experience
    Fun way to spend an evening in the castle, with music, songs and performances, and of course, dinner. The harpist was fantastic. Kudos to the singers and performers, they really put in some serious effort. Food was pretty decent, and vegetarian choice was available. Plenty of wine and juice. Our kids enjoyed the experience very much, and had a blast eating with their hands like in medieval times. I'd say older kids might have more fun than younger ones given the duration, close quarters, and content.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2023
  • kingmodiddy
    San Diego, California132 contributions
    Once in a lifetime experience
    This was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. The whole experience was tastefully done, and really made you feel like you were a part of history. The staff were awesome and they sang in groups and solo several times throughout the night and were absolutely spectacular. The food was surprisingly very good. Awesome. What a wonderful time to spend a night in a real castle. Highly recommend.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 14, 2023
  • James M
    Cornwall, New York33 contributions
    Worth Every Minute!
    Absolutely love this banquet! I've attended at least 6 times over the years and it never fails to entertain. The atmosphere, food & drink, participants, all just fabulous. You can't miss this if you're visiting Ireland. Best enjoyed on the evening before your flight out of Shannon given its close proximity to the airport.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Rachael W
    Ennis, Ireland17 contributions
    Father's day treat
    We had a lovely experience for Father's day. We're local to the area and took my dad along as a treat, he thoroughly enjoyed the evening and we sat next to some really nice people from Connecticut. The food, wine and singing were fabulous. 10/10 would recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Christie N
    Chicago, Illinois33 contributions
    Delicious food, unlimited, wine, amazing show!!!
    The food was DELICIOUS, the show was both funny and beautiful, highly recommend. The evening started with Mead and socializing while a harpist and violin were being played as guests entered. Then we moved to the banquet hall. The wine is UNLIMITED as well as the food! The lead gentlemen was hysterical and the singers were breathtaking. We are so so so happy we got tickets for this!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Christianna M
    4 contributions
    Fun night.
    It was something different, entertainment while having dinner was great. Dinner was enjoyable as was the whole experience. The 20 mins of music at the end made it too long. We did have to drive 50mins from Galway so not really an activity to do from Galway in the evening.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • ConnieErrity
    Edmonton, Canada40 contributions
    Bunratty Medieval Banquet
    I’m on a tour with 50 other Canadian. Had our medieval banquet last night at Bunratty Castle. What a great night was had by all. Food was outstanding, hot and so easy to eat since we only had a knife, as we all used our fingers. Our hosts where not only our entertainment, they also delivered our food
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Johnos80
    Shannon, Ireland96 contributions
    An absolute fantastic night out
    Greeted by Jim an amazing butler at the door who was very enthusiastic & entertaining throughout the night.Treated to honey mead in the great hall and brought to an absolute feast. Our table was tended to by Cathrine,one of the many beautiful singers who couldn’t do enough for us,kind & considerate at all times. The harpist(Nora)….was simply mesmerising. Then came the dinner,what a feast(medieval style)…..soup to start,the most amazing ribs and a chicken dinner followed by cheesecake all while being entertained by amazing professional singers. Their rendition of Danny boy was particularly memorable as it showcased the individual voices these talented singers have The sopranos Cathrine,Tara & Emma,Altos Lisa & Erica,tenors Joe & Barry and basses Jim & paddy Thank you all for a fantastic & memorable night
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • Camaaron
    Miami, Florida21 contributions
    Great Experience and MUST DO if in Shannon
    This is a MUST DO if you are in Shannon. It is excellently run and I was not bored for a second (I am 36 y/o). My dad (73 y/o) could not stop raving about it. The entertainers are wonderful as they are funny, charismatic and great singers! The food was very good especially considering it had to be served in bulk. It’s not going to blow your socks off, but it was better than expected and there is plenty! The honey wine (mead) was delicious and some of the better/unique wines I’ve tasted. Fun for the whole family. Had an excellent time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Patrick H
    County Laois, Ireland25 contributions
    Fun evening's entertainment for all the family.
    Fantastic evening's entertainment. Fun, fantastic service with enjoyable food and drink. Staff are immensely entertaining, friendly and helpful. They definitely deserve a decent tip for such service. As it is held in an old castle, the elevator has not been invented yet so some stair climbing involved.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
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Marie A
Maumee, OH1,357 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Positives:
Musicians are talented and the show moved quickly

Food was good and served hot

Lovely crowd of guests

Negatives:
Long walk to and from car park is poorly illuminated

Waited in the pouring rain and wind for near 20 minutes to enter the castle. Seemed very unorganized when the guest could have been welcomed more quickly or directed to a ground floor room for warmth and to stay dry.

Hard debris from castle fell and hit three folks in our group during our wait to enter.
Written August 21, 2023
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John M
Lurgan, UK1,983 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We booked the tickets for the banquet in advance as it's a very popular night in Bunratty for people visiting the folk park. They take you up to the hall for a glass of mead and an introduction to the procedure for the banquet and they have some entertainment for you before dinner. After the introduction you then moved down to the main hall and you are seated at long tables with the other guests while they start to serve the food and then we were treated to more entertainment and good natured banter with the entertainers. I would recommend that you book your tickets in advance as it's a very good night out
Written September 12, 2022
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Cat H
Indianapolis, IN5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I was a bit unsure of what we were getting ourselves into with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised and left grinning ear to ear. As we first walked into a great hall, we were served some delicious honey mead and were welcomed by Sir Chris, the “Butler.” Then, we were lead downstairs for dinner. We sat side by side with other couples in some rather tight quarters, but everyone was friendly, and the setup was appropriate for family style serving. The four “removes”, or courses, we were offered were quite tasty. Appropriately, in the first three removes, our only implement was a “dagger” (a steak knife), which made eating unexpectedly entertaining. During the meal, we were treated to the sometimes rehearsed and sometimes random musings of Sir Chris and the other Bunratty staff, who were both minstrels and servers. After our meals and many laughs, we listened to twenty minutes of Irish singing, accompanied by a harp and violin. What a lovely group of talented entertainers! Back upstairs, we were served coffee and tea with a surprise…a musician in traditional dress playing the bagpipes outside. We had a great time and would gladly partake of another banquet.
Written August 22, 2023
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BittenByBigTravelBug
29 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Fun way to spend an evening in the castle, with music, songs and performances, and of course, dinner. The harpist was fantastic. Kudos to the singers and performers, they really put in some serious effort. Food was pretty decent, and vegetarian choice was available. Plenty of wine and juice. Our kids enjoyed the experience very much, and had a blast eating with their hands like in medieval times. I'd say older kids might have more fun than younger ones given the duration, close quarters, and content.
Written April 9, 2023
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Mark H
50 contributions
Feb 2020
I recently celebrated my birthday at the banquet, this happened to be my 3rd visit there which considering I live in Canada my tell you something. The performers are magnificent, while I enjoyed them all I would like to single out Chris who has been there 9 years. He does just an utterly fabulous job as the butler. The food is great, the wine is good, but it is the cast that make it truly special. I am unsure of when I may be back in Ireland but I am sure that whenever it occurs I will once again find myself at the banquet. Thank you Chris and all for the Craic.
Written February 15, 2020
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77JanieMac
West Lafayette, IN9 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great fun and a perfect way to end our Irish vacation! Good, hot, and plentiful food and wine served by the singers who took special interest in the patrons. Beautiful music-some songs brought tears to your eyes. The true testament of the troupe’s character was when the appointed Earl of Thomund had an unexpected health episode during the dinner. The Butler quickly and professionally addressed the situation with help from other cast members and health professionals in the audience. The Earl revived to everyone's hearty applause and the Lady made a remarkable closing speech. Everything was just wonderful.
Written September 16, 2023
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Georgiana P
1 contribution
We went to the Medieval Dinner Banquet and we couldn't be any unhappier. It was terrible and unsafe in every possible way.Squeezed like sardines and not able to even eat the food we were served. From a health and safety, fire hazard and COVID-19 point of view , it was absolutely digraceful- a tragedy waiting to happen. We were crammed up, invading any idea of personal space just because the place was "overbooked" and they didn't have any other choice but to cram us like sheep. When I explained the manager that there was no way 4 people were going to fit in a space of not even 2 people, I was told " there is nothing I can do. My boss won't understand that and I can't do anything". The temperature in the room was over 35 degrees. No ventilation whatsoever and it was only towards the end of the evening they opened a door , which happened to be the door that we were supposed to exit through. I have never ever in my life seen anything as bad as this. Even the water we were given was warm. Absolutely disgraceful for a place that has a reputation to just cram over 200 people in the space that was supposed to hold not even half of that. I understand everyone wants to make a profit as quickly as possible, but this is beyond anyone's nightmare of how an evening could turn out. We didn't even have space to eat. I asked for a chair as I was getting claustrophobic and my husband couldn't even catch his breath and we were told there's none and no space was available to put any additional chairs. To have spent 300e for this is the biggest mistake ever. The organisers should be ashamed of themselves. No customer service on behalf of the evening manager and absolutely no understanding. Nothing. Just chat back and point blank refusal. Blaming someone else that was in charge of organising the sitting. I am a medical professional and never ever have I felt so unsafe, uncomfortable and humiliated in my own life. I hope people learn from my experience and avoid this as much as possible until these kind of dangerous situations get some sort of resolution. Nothing would ever convince me to go back here. Ever. Shameful and humiliating.
Written July 10, 2022
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vanislecanuck
223 contributions
Sep 2022
As a part of a Cosmos tour we paid for the excursion to Bunratty Castle and it's Medieval Banquet. The evening was fairly expensive through Cosmos but they also provided transport. Food was ok, entertainment ok but setting was spectacular. Organizers and staff warmly welcomed you into the castle with a warm glass of mead. Loved the mead. Once we were asked to be seated there was the usual rush to grab the front seats. Some people have no shame. However, the entertainment moved around the banquet hall so everyone could see them. You could order a glass of beer with your dinner which was a good option as the same old people grabbed much of the wine. Our small group all agreed we had a good time and the evening was worth the money and effort. Just ignore the rude and complainers. Have fun.
Written October 24, 2022
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Kathleen V
Portland, Oregon200 contributions
Apr 2022
This was perhaps my 10th experience of the Bunratty Castle Banquet, and it's still as entertaining as ever. They've only recently re-opened after Covid, so it was kind of nice not to be overly crowded. Staff did a great job of keeping us together and safe. Food, music, craic, all grand fun and top quality. Missed hearing Danny Boy. Not sure why it was absent. Family with a little girl sat next to our group. She appeared to stay focused and entertained, so definitely family fun. The bagpiper out in front upon our exit was festive beyond measure. I got a bun of people dancing in a circle around him. Don't be afraid to have fun!!!
Written April 20, 2022
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jimmoore458
Shaldon, UK30 contributions
Apr 2022
Wow, what a great evening of good food and brilliant entertainment. Met with a cup of mead and introductory talk, moving upstairs to the banquet hall - a four-course (simple but tasty) meal together with as much red and white wine as you wanted. The "servants" were also the entertainers and the musical sounds they offered were just tremendous. My wife and I had come across to Ireland for the Munster v Exeter Chiefs rugby game and came away from the banquet saying that this had equalled if not surpassed the enjoyment we derived from the afternoon prior.
Written April 20, 2022
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