Ferns Castle, Ferns

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The castle was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Only half of the castle now remains. The most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel, with carved ornament. The tower also has several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement. Archaeological excavations revealed a rock- cut ditch outside the castle walls.

Ferns Castle is one of a number of historic sites in Ferns. Others include St. Mary's, a 12th century Augustinian Priory; the remains of a 13th century cathedral, part of which is incorporated into the present Church of Ireland Church; St. Peter's, a small nave and chancel church; and some High Crosses and parts of crosses, which stand in the cathedral grounds.

Location: In the centre of Ferns.

Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111

Guided Tours:

Maximum number: 15

Duration: 30 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book: English

Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed: Yes

Additional Information: Restricted access to castle for visitors with disabilities. Please note that there is a narrow medieval circular staircase. Full access to visitor building.

In the Visitor Centre 38 panels depicting the history of Ferns are on display. This work was carried out by the Ferns Tapestry Project.
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  • Our guide Larry was really very competent and supernett and also addressed the children - even if we did not always understand every single word of his very interesting historical lecture, so it was a very successful excursion, which we each can recommend it. The castle is quite small and rather insignificant compared to Kilkenny or Cashel, but you can climb into the tower and have a great view from there. You also get a sense of how people used to live. We would do it again. Big plus: The tour costs nothing, but we have left a tip.
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  • Took a trip to see Ferns Castle in August 2019 with my favourite sister in law, Trish, A free guided tour of a historic site was a fantastic draw. The guide John was really knowledgeable and humorous ...  more »
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