Shannon Heritage

Bunratty Bunratty West County Clare

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Shannon Heritage is one of Ireland’s largest visitor experience operators, including 7 day visitor attractions and 4 evening entertainment programmes in Clare, Limerick, Galway and Dublin. 

Shannon Heritage was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run heritage attractions and evening entertainments.  The Shannon Heritage portfolio has grown over the years and began in 1963 with the operation of its first medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. The idea of medieval banquets came about as a result of the need to give transatlantic passengers a reason to get off aircraft at Shannon Airport and tour the local area.

The major success of this attraction led to the rapid expansion of our visitor portfolio. Today, over 300 people are employed by Shannon Heritage in the peak tourist season.

Shannon Heritage Attractions

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Co Clare
  • King John’s Castle, Limerick City
  • Craggaunowen – The Living Past Experience, Co Clare
  • Knappogue - Co Clare
  • Dunguaire Castle, Co Galway
  • GPO Witness History, Dublin City
  • Malahide Castle and Gardens, Dublin
  • Newbridge House and Farm, County Dublin

The company’s operations contribute an estimated €20 million annually in spin-off revenue, benefiting a range of local businesses across many sectors including the accommodation and tourism services sectors.

Our Mission Statement

‘To develop, manage and operate commercially sustainable products and related activities by providing heritage experiences to international standards utilising our natural and built environment.  The company recognises the need to achieve a balance between its custodial/curatorial role and the need to operate in a commercial environment.’

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Customer Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility
  • Community Engagement