Historic Houses and Castles
Ferns Castle dating back to c1220, it is a Norman Castle with links to Diarmuid McMurragh who brought the Normans to Ireland. The Castle has a magnificent vaulted ceiling and is considered to be the finest of its kind in Ireland. Adjacent to the Castle is a wonderfully modern Visitors Centre which houses the ‘Ferns Tapestry’. Showing the history of Ferns in stitch work, from the arrival of St. Aidan in 598AD to the coming of the Normans in 1169, it is a credit to the local women who created it.
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 (Augustinian); the remains of a 13th century cathedral. St. Peter’s, a small nave and chancel church; some High crosses stand in the cathedral grounds. Restricted access to castle for visitors with disabilities. Full access to visitor building.