Ferns Castle, Ferns

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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  • Ferns Castle was built in the 13th century. It originally formed a square with towers at each corner. The remains of the tower are very solid and the site has been very well preserved. On one wall...  more »
  • I visited ferns back in the summer with a friend visiting from America. We called in to see the tapestries. We ended up going over to the castle for a tour and I have to say our guide was fantastic...  more »

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