Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed 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 c. 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.

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Frenchs Lane, Meath, Ireland
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Founded: c. 1176
Category: Castles and fortifications in Ireland

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Timothy Waters (2 years ago)
Castle Looks great but the website didn't say it is only open from 11-12. On weekdays. Didn't not get to look inside!
Francis Byrne (2 years ago)
hotel is nice and great location for visiting Trim Castle. Food in bar and cafe is good and casual
Ivelina Goycheva (2 years ago)
The history of the castle is impressive. The lady who guided the tour presented very good the story. We enjoyed the tour with my family!
kate king (2 years ago)
First visit. The gentleman who took the tour was just brilliant. He told the story well and was also funny. He took time to explain what he was talking about as there was many people from different countries on the tour. Glad i went to see.
Simon (3 years ago)
One of the more interesting places to visit in Trim. The castle is well kept and the guides are well versed in the castle history, keep in mind there is a narrow spiral stairway to the upper floors, if in doubt pull your stomach in. Don't forget the whole walk around the castle grounds. You can allow for a good few hours
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