Great Anglo-Norman fortress, full of history, Trim Castle is one of the must-see places to visit in Ireland. This enclosure offers you a fabulous visit of its tower, and its surrounding ruins, all this in a magnificent setting, bordering the green valleys, and the river Boyne. Don’t hesitate to discover this legendary place: you won’t be disappointed!
The castle of Trim, was built over 2 generations, by Hugues de Lacy and his son from 1172, to be completed in 1206. Its primary function was to be a centre of Norman administration, in charge of the administrative area of the county of Meath. Hugues de Lacy was then entrusted by Henry II of England with the heavy task of ensuring the smooth running of the centre.
So he arrived in Meath County in 1172, and decided to occupy Trim Castle, a castle built of imposing stone blocks, two years later. At that time, the castle had only just been completed. (Before that date, Trim Castle was only a wooden fortified camp).
From century to century, the castle passed into the hands of different owners, such as the Wellington family, the Leslies family of Glasough, the Plunketts and then the Barons of Dunsany, who remained the owners of the castle until the end of the 20th century. In 1993, the Lord Dunsany decided to cede the castle, as well as the land to the Irish State, subject to having a right to fish on the River Boyne.
It is then that the Irish State decided to launch a great campaign of restoration of the castle, consisting in renovating the fort, and in carrying out some archaeological excavations in order to find vestiges of the Anglo-Norman civilization of the medieval time.
Endowed with an imposing architecture, and extending on more than 30 000m², the castle impresses by its size, and its Norman architecture… It is located on a slightly raised ground, which offers an unobstructed view of the Boyne river.
The enclosure consists of a three-storey tower surrounded by ramparts now in ruins, dating from the 13th century. This tower has a rather singular architecture, and thus has 20 distinct sides, a moat, a moat, and a curtain wall. The construction housed at the time bedrooms, dining rooms and a place of religious worship.
The whole tower was then protected by 5 turrets arranged all around the fortress, in order to protect the enclosure, and its surrounding constructions, which were also enclosed by the ramparts of the fort. It should be noted that some of its ramparts, however, were completely destroyed on the bank of the Boyne. Inside, near the tower, there are a few buildings dating from the same period, including :
All its constructions present architectural elements, sometimes unusual, never encountered on other medieval sites.
Trim Castle is a place open to the public, with an entrance fee (allow 3,70€ for an adult, and 1,25€ for a child). If you are in a group, do not hesitate to call in advance to reserve your seats.
A guided tour will allow you to discover the interior of the fortress, lasting about 45 minutes. However, we also advise you to venture into the outside areas of the enclosure: you will then discover without a guide the last vestiges of the Norman period, in a fabulous setting along the river Boyne.
Be careful, however, for people who have difficulty moving around: some passages of the fort are steep and quite steep (especially in the 3-storey tower, which has a rather sporty staircase).
However, we deplore the recent presence of a large hotel located near the castle: this one distorts somewhat the landscape, as well as the charm of the construction …
Parking is available all year round.
every day, from April to October 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes