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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 Ireland’s 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. It’s rich medieval heritage played a significant role in shaping Ireland as it is today. It was from Ferns, that 12th century King Diarmuid MacMurrough set off to seek help in retaining power and returned in 1169 with the Normans, thus changing the course of Irish history. Walk in the footsteps of medieval and Christian history, with archaeological remains testament to its title of ‘Ancient Capital of Leinster

Ferns Heritage Conference,

to take place in Ferns Castle Visitor Centre on March 12th - 13th, 2016. Click here for details. Bookings for this conference are now closed. Due to space restrictions and health and safety requirements, only those who have booked a place will be able to attend the conference.

French Ambassador's Visit to Ferns

French Ambassador Jean Pierre Thébault visited Ferns Castle on May 19th, 2015 and was very 'impressed' with what he saw and heard. He was given a guided tour by OPW guide Graham and was very knowledgeable on the significant Norman connection with Ferns and was enthusiastic about strengthening connections to the mutual benefit of both Ireland and France. He also got a guided tour of the Ferns Tapestries by members of the Ferns Tapestry Group - the tapestries are on display in the adjoining Visitors Centre. They tell the story of Ferns in 25 panels of crewel embroidery from the arrival of St. Aidan in 598AD to the coming of the Normans in 1169. Here the Ambassador saw possible linkages with the Bayeux tapestry. The visit heralds a new era of strengthening and developing connections with our Norman cousins.
French Ambassador Visits Ferns CastleFrench Ambassador Visits Ferns Tapestry

Wexford Trails

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?

heritage_week_in_ferns_dscf1912.jpgSet 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.

Click here for information on Ferns Heritage Sites