Ferns Castle

Ferns Castle

Contact Details


The Square,
Co. Wexford,
Y21 D892

Tel. No: +353 (53) 936 6411
Fax No: +353 (53) 936 6395

Email: jerpointabbey@opw.ie

Opening Hours


7th May - 30th September
Daily 10.00 - 17.00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Average Length of Visit: 45 minutes

Please note that Ferns castle will cl.ose at 14.00 on 30th September for the 2020 season.

Admission Fees




Toilets, toilets for people with disabilities

Car parking




Following Government guidelines this site is closed until further notice.

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.

In the centre of Ferns.

Guided Tours:
Maximum number: 15
Duration: 30 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book:

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

Photography / Video allowed:

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.