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Trim Castle
Vacation Travel Guide

Trim Castle

Take a guided tour around one of the biggest and best-preserved Norman castles in Ireland, which has barely changed since it was first built in the 12th century.

Trim Castle, a well-preserved Anglo-Norman fortress, dominates the small town in which is sits. Take a tour of the castle interior to learn what life was like for the Anglo-Norman family that stationed themselves inside the castle amid the hostile local Gaelic Irish population.

The castle dates back to medieval times and the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. In 1172, the then King of England, Henry II, granted Hugh de Lacy the Kingdom of Meath. De Lacy, in an effort to establish control over his newfound territory, built a wooden castle which was destroyed. In its place, he erected this more permanent stone fortress, which was at the time the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Europe.

Admire the impressive fortifications and sturdy walls. If it looks familiar to you, it may be because you have already seen it on the big screen in the Mel Gibson-led blockbuster Braveheart.

Much of the castle that is visible today would have been in place here by 1220. Because of the risk of attack, the castle is very heavily fortified. Look for the keep, which has 9-foot (3-meter) thick walls. As so little in the castle has changed, visitors to the site today can get a good sense of the security the de Lacy family may have felt here, despite the opposition to their presence.

To enter the interior of the castle, take a guided tour and climb the tower for fabulous views of the surrounding green landscape. A knowledgeable guide will show you around the complex, painting a picture of what life would have been like in the castle over the centuries. Note that guided tours require participants to ascend narrow, steep stairways and therefore may not be suitable for the mobility-impaired.

Find Trim Castle in the village of Trim, County Meath on the banks of the River Boyne. The castle is under an hour from Dublin city center by car and parking is available on site. A small entrance fee is charged for access to the grounds. Guided tours cost extra.

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Trim Castle Hotel
Trim Castle Hotel
4 out of 5
Castle Street, Trim, Meath
The price is $110 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
This family-friendly Trim hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trim Visitor Centre and Trim Castle. Hill of Ward and Royal Tara Golf Club are also within 9 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (403 reviews)
yet another fantastic and enjoyable stay
"In spite of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the hotel staff managed to once again deliver a first-class experience during our 4-day break. They were attentive and fully cognisant of the ongoing public health threat but dealt with it in an unintrusive manner with minimum impact on our stay. Food, ..."

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

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Brogans Bar & Guesthouse
Brogans Bar & Guesthouse
3 out of 5
High Street, Trim, Co Meath
The price is $123 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 2
Situated on the riverwalk, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trim Visitor Centre and Trim Castle. Bective Abbey and Hill of Ward are also within 9 mi (15 ...
4/5Very Good! (25 reviews)
Nice town
"Amazing friendly people could not be more welcoming."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

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Caravogue House Bed & Breakfast
Caravogue House Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
Navan Road, Trim, Co Meath
The price is $124 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in Trim, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Trim Castle and Trim Visitor Centre. Solstice Arts Centre and Hill of Tara are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Will definitely return- a lovely stay!
"I booked to stay one night as part of an essential work journey. Everything from an initial email prior to arrival to breakfast and checking out was perfect. Caroline was a great hostess and the house and room were beautiful. I look forward to a leisure stay in the future as the surrounding area ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

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Trim Castle Hotel
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4 out of 5
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The price is $124 per night from May 19 to May 19
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3 out of 5
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The price is $150 per night from May 17 to May 17
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3 out of 5
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3.5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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The price is $119 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
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