Ferns Castle

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Ferns Castle
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The castle was built in the 13th century, possibly by William, Earl Marshall. Originally, the castle formed a square, with large corner towers. Only half of the castle now remains.
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,425 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
Not a lot remains of this imposing 13th century castle but it still nakes for a pleasant stroll. It was once square shaped but only half now stands.
In season there are guided tours but sadly, October is not included in said season. Tours finish in September!
The tower is in excellent condition but that's largely it. The moat still stands beneath the surviving walls. Yiu can walk around the ruin and there's an information panel to Inform you.
To be fair, I'd like to return in season snd do the tour as the castle is Intruiging.
Written 28 October 2021
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Donal O Duibhir
2 contributions
Sep 2021
The first time we visited we didn't avail of the background chat/tour from staff *but* the second time we visited (with a parent) and we had the fortune to engage with Larry. Larry brought the site *alive* with an energetic and passionate insight into the history and lore of, not just of the castle, but the context, the colours, and the craft over the centuries (both nationally and internationally). Basically, Larry made the experience for us.

This is a hidden gem. It's free, it's mostly accessible at ground level, and it's the humans that bring it alive for young and old alike. If only there was increased funding to do for this castle what was done for the Dunbrody famine ship experience with live actors! Imagine part of the inside of the castle rebuilt, with some original colours on the outside, and live actors going about their business (including interacting with visitors at certain times of the day or at weekends). Larry could be your amazing time-traveling tour guide, a bridge to the "locals" :)
Written 22 September 2021
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Edward M
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
Went to Ferns in Co. Wexford to visit the castle and the old COI graveyard. The castle guides (Larry and Chris) were excellent. Well worth a visit.
Written 22 September 2021
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Pól Ó
12 contributions
Sep 2021
Hearing a live summary of the history of the castle and its importance in Irish history from Larry. He brought the castle alive in front of our eyes. He knows it all and is very enthusiastic in telling you about it. A visit you won't forget in a hurry;
Written 18 September 2021
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WaterfordGuy
Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland79 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ferns Castle today. Although the visitor centre and Castle interior are closed due to Covid restrictions, the guides Christine and Larry, were extremely friendly and happy to provide information and answer any questions we had. They gave us several recommendations of other things to see in Ferns and couldn't have been more helpful. We will definitely return when the castle reopens.
Written 1 August 2021
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Deirdre C
Trim, Ireland19 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Looking up things to do while in wexford decided to pop out to ferns Castle and delighted we did
On entering we meet Larry what a man to give you the history of the castle
I live in a town with a norman castle and never heard the connection before what a lovely piece of history explained in detail will definitely be back when the castle is open 4 visitors to enter I have to see the preserved Tower now all because I now know its history thanks Larry you are a real asset
Written 24 July 2021
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Breda L
11 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
On going through Ferns a few weeks ago we decided to go up to have a look at the castle. We were amazed at how well developed and well kept the site was. We were greeted by Larry who asked if we would like to hear about the history around the castle and we were blown away by his knowledge and enthusiasm. The whole experience completely exceeded our expectations. We live locally in Gorey but like others who have left reviews we had never stopped in before. This place and Larry’s knowledge literally brings history to life and pieces everything together. Anyone looking for the history of the Irish state - this is where you should start!
Written 11 July 2021
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Gerard F
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
We decided to go ferns Castle yesterday as we only live in gorey it was a handy trip. We had never been before as embarrassing as that may seem. Our experience was amazing although we could not enter the castle itself our guide Larry Smith (sorry if I spelt surname long) well all I can say is that this guy really knows his stuff. We were made feel like family visiting his house. Everything was so personal. Best of Ireland on offer here. Thank you Larry. We'll be back.
Written 6 July 2021
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Heather M
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
Went to check out Ferns Castle for the first time since moving to Ferns (due to COVID restrictions). It is a must see for anyone visiting!
Really enjoyed it, Larry (tour guide) was amazing, very knowledgeable, he made it enjoyable to sit and hear about the history. He gave us a lot of info and details and was a great laugh. Can't wait to go back to see the inside once restrictions ease some more.
Written 27 June 2021
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Brian C
Dublin, Ireland35 contributions
Sep 2020
We just love the history associated with these old castles. However it was a quiet day and there was no guide available owing to Covid19 so we just browsed around ourselves and found it very interesting
Written 7 September 2020
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