Address: Ferns, Co. Wexford
Telephone No: +353 53 936 6411
Fax No: +353 53 936 6395
23rd May - 25th September: Daily 10.00 - 17.00
Last admissions 45 mins before closing
Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes
Exhibition, toilets, toilets for people with disabilities, car parking
Restaurant/Tearooms: Yes, seating capacity 30
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
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.