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Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle

  • Visit Galway City & the Cliffs of Moher on this 2-day tour

Step back in time and dine Medieval style.

Experience one of Ireland’s most famous cultural and historical nights – the world-famous Medieval Banquet in the Great Hall of Bunratty Castle.

 

Overnight in quality hotel accommodation in Bunratty Village and enjoying a tour to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay – the next day.

 

There is time to explore Galway City with its wonderful buskers, traditional Irish pubs and lively shopping streets on day 1.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 1 Night Bunratty Castle Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Bunratty.
  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
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"I highly recommend this tour!"

Dec 2019 by cskirk5

Brendan was an excellent tour guide.

 

He gave us background knowledge of places we were going to
see.

 

He was engaged with all of us.

 

He greatly increased our knowledge and appreciation of Irish
history and culture.

 

I highly recommend this tour!


"I can't say enough about the friendly Railtours Hosts who looked after us."

Sep 2019 by Marilyn M

"As a first time visitor to Ireland, I appreciated having someone to take me to the correct train and reserved seating, and then to give me an overview of the town of Galway. We had 4 hours in Galway. Galway was charming once you got past the tourist shops. Good places to eat. I enjoyed seeing the bits of the old walls and Lynch's castle. I did enjoy the shopping, but you need to plan ahead and decide what is worth getting in Galway (I recommend Claddagh rings and Aran knits.) We then took a motorcoach to Bunratty. It was awesome to see the castle from the highway. The excursion price included the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle. It was a good show with excellent musicians.


The next day, a couple of hours in the Bunratty Folk park was included before getting on the motorcoach to the Cliffs of Moher. The drive back to Galway passed more ruined castles and a lovely view of Galway Bay. We had plenty of time for dinner in Galway before boarding the train back to Dublin. I can't say enough about the friendly Railtours Hosts who looked after us. It made the trip more comfortable and fun."


"Wonderful tour"

Aug 2019 by Shireen Usman

I just wanted to send an email to say that we really enjoyed our recent trip with Railtours Ireland. We specifically had a wonderful tour with John Todd and Jonathan Beaumont. Jonathan was friendly, humorous, and personable. He really went above and beyond to make our experience meaningful and unique. He showed us places off the beaten path and helped us see the local side of Ireland in addition to all the must see sights.

We also had John Todd for one day of our tour and he was kind and willing to answer every question we had. He also took time in Galway to take us to the docks after we told him we wanted to see the water, which was very much appreciated.

 


Thank you to all for an incredible experience in Ireland!

Sincerely,

Shireen Usman


"Phenomenal day!"

Jul 2019 by Mkelley50

Cliffs of Moher

John Todd was our tour guide and we had a phenomenal day! Everything was organized and well laid out and he was a fountain of knowledge! This was my first trip to Ireland and this was our first tour, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but this far exceeded anything I could have imagined. Those areas are beautiful and we were able to just relax and enjoy our day. Railtours does a fantastic job and we would definitely use them again!


"Your Guides Were Wonderful"

Feb 2018 by Kris and Kimberly

bunratty castle

To All at Railtours,

We took one of your trips in October. Your guides were wonderful! We felt cared for and looked after. They enjoy what they do and it shows.

To Andy and Anthony Especially, thank you for your warmth and conversation. It meant a lot to us. Can't wait to come back!

 


"All in all, it was a great trip and would highly recommend to anyone"

Apr 2016 by Catherine

Sally met us at the train and traveled with us to Galway. She was very informative and made sure we had everything we needed. Tony met us in Galway and provided us place to store our bags. Then he showed us to Eyre Square and the main strip where there is shopping, pubs, street performers, etc! The place was beautiful and Tony recommended a few places, so we hit them all in our four hour layover. Our bus arrived and John took us to Bunratty Village where we were able to check in and get ready for the medieval dinner, which was awesome and I highly recommend! The next day, we met the rest of our group for a tour of Bunratty Castle, then headed to the Cliffs of Moher. Beautiful spot! We headed back to the train and back to Dublin. All in all, it was a great trip and would highly recommend to anyone.


"This tour met all expectations and beyond. If you are visiting Ireland, do not miss this one!"

Mar 2016 by Cindy L

This was the best tour to take if you have limited time in Ireland. My friends said the train trip was fantastic. They loved the dinner at Bunratty and the hotel accommodations were perfect. They loved the time in Galway and also were lucky with the weather. The lunch at the pub was perfect, with the waiter helping one of them charge their cell phone and he brought back candy to their table. What a perfect gentleman. Hard to find such superior customer, but this tour met all expectations and beyond. If you are visiting Ireland, do not miss this one!


"We had an absolutely fabulous time and would highly recommend this tour to everyone"

by Beth C

My husband Oliver and I recently took a 2-Day Western Ireland Tour from Dublin and had a fabulous time. The train trip from Dublin to Galway was very comfortable and relaxing. We had about 4 hours to tour Galway and found it to be very compact and easy to get around. We also had lunch at a traditional pub and the food and atmosphere were enjoyable. We then met the coach for our trip to the Bunratty Castle Hotel. In fact, we were the only people on the coach! We arrived at our destination and checked into the hotel. We were very pleased with the quality of the room and the hotel itself. We walked the short distance to the Bunratty Castle for our medieval banquet. What a wonderful evening! The food was great and the entertainment wonderful. The next morning we met the rest of the group for our tour of the castle and grounds. It was very interesting to hear about the history of the castle and explore on our own. We then boarded the coach for our trip to the Cliffs of Moher. Our guide, Brendan was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He told us all about the Cliffs and about the town of Doolin where we would be stopping for lunch. We were then back on the coach on our way to the Cliffs. We were fortunate that we had a beautiful day for our visit as we learned that the previous day was rainy and overcast and not great for visiting. The Cliffs are spectacular and the Visitors Center very informative. We especially enjoyed the Postcard from the Edge exhibit. We then continued on our way to visit the Burren. What an unusual landscape. It felt like we were exploring the surface of the Moon. After a brief stop to see Galway Bay we were back in Galway for our train trip back to Dublin. Our guide, Brendan accompanied us on the train and continued to give us tidbits of information. We had an absolutely fabulous time and would highly recommend this tour to everyone.


"This tour was so much fun and we saw so many things in a short time, but got a real feel for the area"

by Carol H

This tour was so much fun and we saw so many things in a short time, but got a real feel for the area, both by train and bus. The guides we had on each had us well prepared for the things we experienced. One was Robbie and the other Jim, bus driver was Mike. We saw Galway, a charming city, The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and even enjoyed a great medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle, and explored Bunratty Village before we left the next day. Had lunch at a Pub in a little village and gorgeous scenery along the way. Viator is very well organized and take care of everything so you can just enjoy the trip. When I needed to change the day of a trip departure, I was able to reach someone quickly on the phone. They were very accommodating and took care of it right away.


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Visitor Attraction Admissions Included: Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park & the Cliffs of Moher.

  • Return Rail Travel.
  • Reserved Seats on the train.
  • Railtours Ireland Host throughout.
  • Visitor Attraction Admissions.
  • Escorted Coach.
  • 1 Night Bunratty Castle Hotel.
  • Full Irish Breakfast in Bunratty.
  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Enjoy a Free Upgrade: 48hr Hop-on-Hop-off Dublin City Sightseeing Tour tickets.
DAY
1

Galway City and Medieval Banquet

Bunratty Castle Hotel


Check-in is 20 minutes prior to Train Departure Time.

Check-in beside the Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where our representative will be waiting for you in their bright yellow jacket!

 

Check in for 11:25 departure from Dublin Heuston, opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway, now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann, Ireland’s national railway company.

 

As your train departs, we travel in a south westerly direction, through Dublin's western suburbs and then through the lush fertile countryside of Co. Kildare. Our journey takes us through the Curragh which is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby, and there are many stud farms in the vicinity. Your route takes you into the midlands and the Bog of Allen, vast tracts of peat-land. Before then, we pass through the County Town of Tullamore and then to Clara across the gentle farmlands of north Offaly. The train crosses the River Shannon, which marks the historic border between the province of Leinster and Connacht – the historic province of the West of Ireland. You are now heading due west, surrounded by peat bog on both sides of the line. On the last few kilometres before Galway, you will get your first glimpse of Galway Bay.

 

13:40 Arrival Galway City where there is free time to explore Galway City with its many and varied cultural and sightseeing experiences.

 

Galway City is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It began as a small fishing village centred around the estuary of the River Corrib, a river traditionally called Abhainn na Gaillimhe (The Galway River) after Galvia, a mythological princess said to have drowned in its waters. There is vibrancy to this friendly University City, which many delight in, and few forget. Music, festivals, horse racing, pubs, restaurants, shops, theatres and most of all Galway people, combine to create an atmosphere you'll want to return to again and again.

 

18.00 Depart Galway City for Bunratty Village for check into your hotel.

 

20.45 Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle. There will be an Irish mead reception in Bunratty Castle before the medieval banquet and legendary Irish entertainment. Afterwards, perhaps enjoy a nightcap in Durty Nelly's famous traditional pub beside the castle.

Day 1
DAY
2

Bunratty Castle and Cliffs of Moher Tour


Enjoy your breakfast at leisure.

 

10.00am – meet your Railtours Ireland host for a tour of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

 

After the visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk park we make our way to Co. Clare. There is a lunch stop at O’ Connor’s Pub in Doolin before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, which are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe. There is plenty of time to visit Ireland’s second-most-popular tourist attraction and your host will advise you of the departure time.

 

From here, we take the coast road for much of the way to Galway, with time for photos along the Burren. This is a national park and the word Burren comes from the Irish Language, it means ‘rocky place’. It is a unique lunar landscape of limestone which was described in 1649 by one of Oliver Cromwell’s men as: “No tree to hang a man, no water deep enough to drown him and no soil deep enough to bury him”. Today the Burren is noted for its diverse Flora with few parallels elsewhere in Ireland or, indeed, Europe.

 

We continue along the coast road to Black Head, passing the quaint coastal villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara before joining the main road to Galway. There should now be some free time in Galway to explore the streets around Eyre Square or grab a bite to eat.

 

19:20 Departure from Galway by train and return to Dublin by a different route, via Athenry, Tullamore and Athlone, where we cross the mighty river Shannon once more.

 

We arrive back to Dublin Heuston Station at 21:45pm.

Day 2
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