Ferns - the Ancient Capital of Leinster and Gateway to Norman Wexford - visit Medieval and Christian heritage sites including a Norman Castle - Nearby towns and attractions: Courtown, Gorey and Enniscorthy
For people taking Irelandís Ancient East trail, why not drop in to historic Ferns, a village in north Wexford, located on the N11 between the towns of Gorey and Enniscorthy. Itís rich medieval heritage played a significant role in shaping Ireland as it is today. It was from Ferns that King Diarmuid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, set off to seek help in retaining power, resulting in the coming of the Normans in 1169, thus changing the course of Irish history. In Ferns you can walk in the footsteps of medieval and Christian history, with archaeological remains testament to its title of ĎAncient Capital of Leinster'. In the summer months, you can get a free guided tour of Ferns Castle by the highly rated OPW guides. Visit our Ferns Heritage page for details of our heritage sites. Spend a while and after a relaxing meander you have many choices for the next step of your journey, nearby Ballymore Historic Features or Fr. Murphy Centre or maybe you would like to shop in the lively town of Gorey, laze on nearby beaches, take a walk on a Wexford Walking Trail or spend a while in historic Enniscorthy where you have lots to choose from - Ferns Castle, Vinegar Hill or the 1798 Centre. If you have time continue south to the Tintern Abbey and the Hook Lighthouse - both have associations with Ferns as they have Marshall connections and really worth a visit to hear their story. Marshall of course married Ferns' own Diarmuid MacMurrough's grandaughter and had such a huge impact both in Ireland and England.
Hertiage Week at Ferns CastleVisit Ferns Castle on Sunday, August 21st. Activities include storytelling for children 10am till 4pm, a classical musician will play in the Castle Chapel - a superb location. The Ferns Tapestry group will be in the Visitors Centre to tell the story of the making of the tapestries and Comhaltas will provide traditional music. Everyone is welcome to this celebration of our rich heritage. . Free guided tours are available from May to September. You've really no excuse to say you haven't walked in the footsteps of Knights, Kings, Saints and sinners. These guided tours, highly rated on Trip Advisor are available from 10am to 5pm, seven days a week. The expert and entertaining guides give a flavour of the unique history and the role of Ferns in a transformative period in Irish history. Take the time to take a tour and make your way by the beautifull chapel and up to the top where you will get spectacular views, taking in the surrounding landscape. Changed somewhat over the centuries, you'll see the same mountains and hills that Diarmuid MacMurrough would have quite likely viewed daily in search of his arch enemy Tiernan O'Ruairc.
Ferns Village is very proud to be part of Wexford Heritage Trail and the soon to be launched Wexford Walking Trail. The establishment of the Wexford Trails brand is a valuable asset which will enhance the visitor experience and raise awareness of the variety and quality of the attractions within our county. Other trails in the Wexford Trails brand are the Wexford Garden Trail and the Wexford Craft Trail.
Visit our Ferns heritage page to download the Wexford Heritage Trail brochure and A3 map.
A visit to Ferns and surrounds provides a lot to see and do, from walks in wooded areas to the more athletic pursuits of motocross, soccer and gaelic games, to the more leisurely activities of tapestry and horseshoes. A vibrant community which has seen much change over the centuries, it is now a modern, vibrant village, growing in reputation as a tourist destination. There are almost 30 voluntary groups in our diverse and welcoming community why not get in touch and get involved?
Set in the sunny South East, in very picturesque countryside, Ferns is a village located on the N11 between the nearby towns of Enniscorthy and Gorey. Wonderful range of beaches within easy reach, from the seaside resort of Courtown to beaches stretching south towards Wexford. Staying in Ferns is a unique experience, accommodation locally is top class and there are a range of shops and businesses to look after your every need. If its not here, we will certainly do our best to put you on the right track.
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