The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, Trim Castle is one of the most popular medieval attractions in Ireland and one of Meath’s many ancient gems. The 12th-century castle was constructed by Hugh de Lacy to try and curb the policies of Strongbow in the late 1100s, and the impressive fortress remains one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Ireland. The central point of the castle is a large three-story stone keep and is flanked by three of the original four towers. The castle was built with a ditch, curtain wall, and moat to help keep would-be invaders at bay, and is a great example of the thought that went into designing medieval castles during the 12th and 13th century.
When it comes to the strategic positioning of castles, very few in Ireland can rival Trim. Even to this day, the castle still dominates the skyline of the historic town of Trim, a town which has grown around the castle, much in the way that Cashel in Tipperary has grown around the Rock of Cashel. One of Ireland’s most iconic castles, a trip to Trim is a must for those seeking to find out more about Norman Ireland, and the history of the Boyne Valley region. Indeed, Trim Castle is perfectly positioned overlooking the Boyne, an area that has seen its fair share of battles and activity over the centuries.
Today you can enjoy a guided tour of the castle and the grounds. The tour last about one hour and gives you great insight into the reasons for building the castle, while also allowing you to marvel at the architecture, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. Trim is also a short drive from some of Meath’s other top historic attractions, with both Newgrange and the Hill of Tara less than 30-minutes away. The castle was also used as a setting for one of the most iconic movies of all-time, the Oscar Award-Winning ‘Braveheart’.