One of Ireland's finest castles and unmissable upon entering the town, Trim Castle truly dominates the surrounding landscape. Perched atop a hill on a 2½-acre site, it overlooks the River Boyne. Despite being in ruins, it remains well preserved, and is one of the largest castles in Europe.
Within moments of encountering this castle, the visitor will understand why it was used as the location for the last scene in the movie Braveheart.
- Some of the features that the ruins reveal include
- Stunning 70-foot high turrets
- A large, cruciform-shaped keep three stories high
- Sturdy rectangular towers
The 500-yard long outer wall also survives, along with five other towers that form a D shape.
Stunning aerial video shows the true splendour of Trim Castle
Erected by Hugh de Lacy in 1173, Trim Castle was then and remains now the largest Anglo-Norman castle in all of Ireland.
Only a year or so after Trim Castle was built, it was destroyed by Roderick of Connaught, but then rebuilt in 1220. The Castle marked the edge of the Pale – the area around Dublin where the Anglo Normans felt safe from the Gaelic Irish.
The lords of Meath used it as a base of government in the 14th century rather than a family residence. When Sir James Carroll took over the property in 1610, it was badly in need of repair.
In more recent history, Trim Castle was the object of excavation and extensive renovation prior to its reopening to the public in 2000.
Trim Visitor Centre
Housed in the Old Town Hall, an Art Deco building located directly behind the castle, Trim Visitor Centre’s main attraction is a featured audiovisual presentation called The Power and the Glory.
Here, visitors can learn more about life in medieval Trim and Meath County, as well as more about how the coming of the Normans affected the area.
Trim Castle. Image by John5199