Medieval Ferns Experience

by | Aug 17, 2021 | Community News, Heritage | 0 comments

Visit Wexford’s newest visitor attraction.

It’s said that Ferns is central to Wexford’s medieval story.   This new visitor attraction in the Ancient Capital of Leinster explains why.   Tales of Gaelic kingship, Norman knights, power shifts and miracle working saints abound at the Medieval Ferns Experience.  It tells the story of invasion and ambitious Gaelic kings in an informative and entertaining way.

This unique and innovative Experience tells the story of what made Ferns significant in the medieval period and why events and people associated with it influenced the shape of Europe for centuries to come. It focuses on two men – one a saint – a man of miracles from the 6th century, and the other a Gaelic king in the 12th century, who some say was a tyrant, a betrayer of his people while others say he was a man of his time. 

Before the Normans arrived, Gaelic Kings were in control and the King of Leinster, Diarmait MacMurrough ruled from Ferns.  An ambitious provincial king, he had his eye on the high kingship, but he wasn’t the only one!   Power shifts and changing alliances prevailed and meant no king sat easy or unopposed on his throne.  

Visit this entertaining and informative Experience which uses a mix of media including virtual reality and audio visual to tell its story.  And while you’re there, why not take the ‘Inauguration Stone Challenge’ and find out if you are fit to be a king!

 Because of COVID restrictions and a need for social distancing, it is necessary to pre book online in advance by emailing: medievalfernsexperience@fernsvillage.ie. Opening from Tuesday – Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, hourly slots are available as follows: 10am, 11am, 12, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm – the last slot is at 4pm. Entry fee €6 , children under 12 free. Seniors and Students: €5.

We comply with COVID guidelines and will continue to request visitors to wear masks and use the sanitising stations provided – these measures are to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.

This is a community initiative, run as a social enterprise to tell the story of Ferns and its significant medieval history in an informative and entertaining way.

We would like to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and look forward to welcoming you to the Medieval Ferns Experience in the Ancient Capital of Leinster.

 

 

Opening Times

Opening from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Hourly slots available at 10am, 11am, 12, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and the last entry at 4pm.

For seasonal changes of opening please check here and our social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram.

Pre Booking is Required

To ensure safety of visitors and staff, we ask that you pre-book by phone or text to 089-4946972 or email: medievalfernsexperience@fernsvillage.ie  A confirmation text or email will secure the booking.

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If you are travelling by car on the M11 in southbound direction, take exit 24 for Camolin & Ferns.  If you travelling in the northerly direction towards Ferns, take exist 25 for Ferns.

Bus: Regular bus services are available.  For timetable, check out Wexford Bus and Bus Eireann

Train: The nearest train stations to Ferns are in nearby Gorey and Enniscorthy.  Check out Iarnrod Eireann

Location

Ferns is located on the R722 between the towns of Gorey and Enniscorthy.  The Medieval Ferns Experience is located at Ferns Community Centre, Upper Main St., Ferns, Y21 VW29.