Ferns Castle was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Now, only half of the castle now remains. The most complete tower contains a fine circular chapel, with carved ornaments. The tower also has several original fireplaces and a vaulted basement. Archaeological excavations revealed a rock-cut ditch outside the castle walls.
This beautiful medieval village was once the capital of the powerful Kings of Leinster and the remnants of those days dominate today’s village landscape. Choose between a 12th Century Augustinian Abbey; the remains of a 13thcentury Cathedral; a small nave and chancel church; a Norman Castle, and High Crosses which stand in the Cathedral grounds. Visit the grave of a King who changed Irish history or the miraculous well of a great Irish saint. Experience living tradition at St. Aidan’s Monastery with its iconic chapel and hermitages.
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Ferns Castle is managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Ferns Castle is approximately an hour's drive from Waterford and Kilkenny Cities.