This is the stuff movies are made of. It’s no wonder that the makers of the movie ‘Braveheart’ chose Trim in County Meath as the shooting location for their epic thriller. One look at Trim Castle’s stony outline against a dramatic Irish sky and storybook images of valiant warriors and timid monks spring to life.
In Medieval times, Trim Castle stood like an imposing stone sentinel and powerful symbol of norman strength at the edge of the Pale, the small area of Anglo-Norman influence on Ireland’s eastern coast. To go beyond the Pale was to enter the hostile world of the Gaelic Irish. Here at the edge, the two sides would have met - in conflict and in battle.
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.
Built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173, this is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
Easter-End September: 10am-6pm, Last Tour 5pm
October-November: 10am-5.30pm, Last Tour 4.30pm
November-Easter: (Open Weekend Only) 10.00-17.00, Last Tour 4.00pm
Admission charge- Guided tours only.
Access for visitors with disabilities is very restricted. Please note that 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. There are interpretation panels in the grounds of the castle which allow for self-guiding.
Address: Trim, Co Meath.
Telephone No: +353 46 943 8619
Fax No: +353 46 943 8618
Closed the weekend before Christmas
Closed the weekend before New Year's Day
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Please note that all groups must be pre-booked.
Tour of Trim Castle Grounds - Monday to Friday
Trim Castle has new opening hours from November to March. There will be a guided tour of the grounds at 11am Monday to Friday.
Tickets for these tours are available from Trim visitor centre.
The castle itself will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with tickets available at the castle gate.
The weekday tours are organised by Trim Community Historical Tours.
Supported by Trim Tidy Towns, Trim Chamber of Commerce and Meath Heritage Centre.
The tour costs EUR2.00 that includes access to Trim Castle grounds and the Audio Visual Show at Trim Visitor Centre.
Trim Visitor Centre
“The Power and the Glory”
AV presentation 046 943 7227
The Newtown Monuments
Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul
Friary of St. John the Baptist
Talbot Castle (St. Mary’s Abbey) and the Yellow Steeple