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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Founded: c. 1176
Category: Castles and fortifications in Ireland


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Robin Ferguson (9 months ago)
This a nice place to spend several hours even though the tours are currently not going on due to Covid. The signs are interesting and it's fun to just walk around. Nice walking paths too and Trim is a pretty cute little town, although we were shocked how many people weren't wearing masks inside the shops.
Mark Brecknell (9 months ago)
Friendly, welcoming staff at entrance to advise on route around the grounds and where the information boards are located. Tower not currently open. Three or 4 walks outside of grounds with varying distances, to suit all abilities. Nice couple of hours spent in this location.
Alessandro Martis (10 months ago)
One of my favourite castle in whole country. Other than the castle there is a river with characteristic bridges. There is also a bell tower as part of a ruin church. It's a perfect place to spend the day with your friends or family. There are also places in the nearby where you can get a delicious lunch or dinner
Donna McC (10 months ago)
Fantastic Norman castle, worth the visit. Nice level walk around the grounds and meadows too. Outside the walls walk is free
John Shortiss (10 months ago)
Visited during Covid lock down so was unable to enter and climb to the top of the keep for the views hence the 4 Stars. The grounds of the Castle and surrounding area are well maintained and there are numerous information boards about the castle and its components. There is a nice picnic area with well spaced wooden tables/benches ( very aged) near the river and main entrance to the castle. Parking at this location is Pay & Display and spaces are limited, however there are plenty of other parking spaces around Trim and within reasonable walking distance.
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