Medieval Ferns Experience

Looking for something to see and do in Wexford? Check out our newest visitor attraction – the Medieval Ferns Experience tells the story of our medieval past in an engaging and fun way using a range of media including virtual reality and audio visual. Before the Normans arrived in Wexford, Gaelic kings dominated – and none more controversial than Diarmait MacMurrough, King of Leinster. The man some say was a tyrant who betrayed his people, while others say he was a man of his time! Visit this innovative attraction and come to your own conclusion and while you’re there, why not take the Inauguration Stone Challenge and see if you are fit to be a king!


Before MacMurrough’s time, another man chose Ferns as his base. Centuries earlier, a man born under miraculous circumstances in Co Cavan, was granted land in Ferns to build a monastery after he performed a miracle for the then King of Leinster, Brandubh. To this day, St. Aidan’s Monastery is a source of enquiry, with ongoing archaeological digs adding pieces of the jigsaw – unearthing the secrets buried for centuries and discovering the intersection of two time periods.


Ferns, the Ancient Capital of Leinster is central to Wexford’s medieval story and has a fascinating story to tell, why not visit and find out what’s behind this hidden gem.


Walk in the footsteps of saints, Gaelic kings and Norman knights by taking a guided walking tour of key medieval sites in Ferns.  You can pre-book a tour by contacting the Medieval Ferns Experience.  


Opening Times:


June to October Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays.


November to May Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesday.

Outside these opening times, please contact to arrange pre-booked visits.



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