Ferns Village

Ferns Village

A walk through Ferns is a walk through ancient history. 

Known as the Ancient Capital of Leinster and Gateway to Norman Wexford, Ferns’ significant medieval and ecclesiastical heritage make it unique, with evidence of four distinct periods in Irish history.   Archaeological digs have revealed habitation from the Bronze, Iron, early Christian and Norman eras.  Stroll through an area rich in history, visit the grave of a King, a 12th century Augustian Abbey , St. Edan’s Cathedral, the smallest Cathedral in Europe;  a holy well; a small nave and chancel church and high crosses.  

In the old graveyard, adjacent to the Cathedral,  you can find the grave of Diarmuid MacMurrough, the 12th century King of Leinster who brought the Normans to Ireland; the tombstone of Fr. Murphy who played a central role in the 1798 Rebellion and  the grave of Fr. Ned Redmond who, as a student in France, was credited with saving the young Napoleon Bonaparte from drowning, thus altering the course of Irish history.

The renowned Ferns Castle, a Norman Castle built by William Marshall, has a wonderful circular chapel, which is open from May to September - free guided tours are available from the enthusiastic OPW guides - Monday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. 

Nearby a monument to the 1798 Rebellion, reflects the range of historical features and the importance of Ferns as a heritage site. 

The Ferns Tapestry, a wonderful example of community craft, can also be enjoyed in the village. The Ferns Tapestry visitor centre is open from 9.30am to 5pm, May to September. Find out more about this beautiful tapestry on its Facebook page.

For guided tours of the village's heritage sites by arrangement, please contact fernsheritage@gmail.com


Ferns Village is approximately an hour's drive from Waterford and Kilkenny Cities.

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Self guided tours through village. Pick up a leaflet at St. Edan's Cathedral or Ferns Castle.