Renowned through the ages as the Ancient Capital of Leinster, this is a trail well worth taking. Experience sites of national and international importance–a centre of early Christian and medieval significance.
Visit heritage sites linked to some of the greatest changes in Irish history. Linger at a holy well founded by St. Aidan who came to Ferns in 598AD. Nearby you can visit 12th century St. Mary’s Abbey and the grave of the king who brought the Normans to Ireland in 1169. Spend some time in St. Edan’s Cathedral and view the high crosses in its grounds.
Take a tour of Ferns Castle, a 13th century Norman castle, and in the adjacent Visitors’ Centre you can see the wonderful Ferns Tapestry exhibition.
Nearby is a monument to Fr. John Murphy, a 1798 Rebellion leader and further along the trail is a 1916 commemorative plaque linking Ferns to these significant events in Wexford’s history.
Full details of the Ferns Village Heritage Trail including map can be found here: Wexford Walking Trail – Ferns
Address: Ferns, Co. Wexford
Guided Tours: Not available
Opening Times: All year round
Entrance Fee: Free