Trim Castle

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Location: Castle Street, Trim, Meath

Trim Castle Trim Castle

Trim Castle is Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle, set in the historically rich Boyne Valley in Trim, County Meath. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter as the home of the Lordship of Meath. Description: Trim Castle is a stunning Norman castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath. The largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, it was constructed in Trim over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun circa 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat. This magnificent site experienced a renaissance in 2000 when it was opened to the public after an extensive period of excavation and restoration. Access to the keep is by guided tour only for safety reasons; visitors also have access to the grounds of the castle where interpretation panels allow for self guiding. Access for visitors with disabilities is very restricted, as some of the stairs in the keep are very steep and narrow. The keep is not accessible for visitors with disabilities and there is restricted access to the grounds only. Trim, a designated heritage town, is renowned as one of Ireland's most beautiful towns and has something to offer everyone. With Trim Castle on its doorstep, it’s a town well worth visiting and a haven of relaxation and tranquillity.