Ferns Castle has a rich and fascinating history dating back to pre-Norman times. It served as the political stronghold of Diarmait Mac Murchada, the king of Leinster, before it was rebuilt by William, Earl Marshall in the year 1200. Throughout its long and storied past, Ferns Castle has had many owners of different political and military affiliations.
Originally, the castle was a square-shaped structure with four large corner towers. Today, only half of the castle remains standing, but what remains is truly impressive. The most intact tower boasts a stunning circular chapel, several original fireplaces, and a vaulted basement. From the top of the tower, visitors can take in a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape.
In addition to the castle itself, visitors to Ferns can explore the remarkable Ferns Tapestry, an extraordinary artefact housed in the visitor centre. The tapestry, which is 15 metres long and comprises 25 panels, showcases the pre-Norman history of the town through the thousand-year-old art of crewel wool embroidery. Stitched by members of the local community, the tapestry is a testament to the skill and creativity of its makers and is a must-see for anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of Ferns.