We will be travelling from Bandon (County Cork) to Oughterard (County Galway). We think a stay over in Bunratty may be an option for us as we want to visit the castle and the Folk Park during thr day. We would love to experience a cultural evening that night. It need not really be a show, but something to remember. I now have second thoughts about Doolin. perhaps visit Bunratty during the day and then leave for Doolin where there may be a venue with Irish music?
Hi Erna, I can't speak for other locations, but we had a very nice dinner and heard great music at Gus O'Connors Pub in Doolin last year. Honestly, the food was almost too much for us, and a good value too. There were five or six musicians gathered around a table entertaining the nearly full house-and this was on a Wednesday night. Lots of fun. Have a great trip.
Second that response. We talk about our nights in the same pub all the time. You really feel part of the community. The songs and tales are timeless; food is good and if you book a B&B up the hill you can walk home after drinking.
We stayed at Kate's Place and enjoyed the fun at the pub all 3 nights. Get there early for dinner so you can get a table in the main room.
I did the evening entertainment at Bunratty and then visited the next day, mostly because the person I was with wanted to do it. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed the evening, as well as the visit the next day to the folk park. It was a very pleasant evening of entertainment, and nice way to see the castle. I also found the food to be surprisingly good.
I truly enjoyed Bunratty folk park. I also had a blast at the medieval banquet. I wasn't sure if I would like it since its a little commercial. But I'm glad I did it. Its sometime everyone should do once. You will have so many chances to enjoy local music but when will have a chance to attend a banquet.
On our recent trip, I had hoped to hear some live traditional Irish music in a pub, but it never came to be. Guess I'll have to plan that for the next trip! We did attend the Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle. I wondered if it might be too "touristy", but was pleased with the experience. The castle experience, coupled with the banquet and the musical entertainment made for a lovely evening. I can't comment on the Folk Park. I would suggest if you are thinking of doing this, to book it early because the 5:00 pm show is quick to sell out. Enjoy your trip!