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.
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Exhibition, Toilets (plus toilets for visitors with disabilities)
Restricted access to castle for visitors with disabilities. Please note that there is a narrow medieval circular staircase. Full access to visitor building.
Located in the centre of Ferns.
Ferns, Co. Wexford, Ireland
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