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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 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 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 ĎAncient Capital of Leinster'.

Ferns Castle Open

Free guided tours available - seven days a week from May to September. chapelp8290664.jpg You've 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.

Wexford Trails

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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.

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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