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Ferns Castle

Two nations, two cultures and one shared heritage

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Ferns Castle

Two nations, two cultures and one shared heritage

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Site Closed

Closed for 2023 Season


Free admission

Getting here

The Square
Co. Wexford
Y21 D892

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Ferns Castle

Before the coming of the Normans, Ferns was the political base of Diarmait Mac Murchada, king of Leinster. William, Earl Marshall built the castle around 1200. Since then it has had many owners, of diverse political and military colours.

Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Only half of the castle now stands, although what remains is most impressive. The most complete tower contains a beautiful circular chapel, several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement. There is a magnificent view from the top.

There is an extraordinary artefact to be seen in the visitor centre. The Ferns Tapestry showcases the pre-Norman history of the town via the thousand-year-old art of crewel wool embroidery. Stitched by members of the local community, the 15-metre-long tapestry comprises 25 panels of remarkable accomplishment and beauty.

Opening Times

25 May – 24 September 2023

Daily 10:00 – 17:00



The Square
Co. Wexford
Y21 D892

053 936 6411 (The Phone line at Ferns Castle is currently out of order)

Getting Here

Located in the centre of Ferns.

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  • Exhibition
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Access by Guided Tour Only
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Hold hand rail


Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Ferns Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Ferns Castle.

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