Trim Castle: when to visit, what to see, and things to know

As one of Ireland’s finest medieval castles, the beautiful Trim Castle in County Meath is a must-visit sight. Here is everything you need to know about Trim Castle.

The imposing and beautiful Trim Castle has garnered worldwide attention thanks to its dramatic location. Situated on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath, this beautiful castle is the ultimate symbol of Norman glory.

As the largest and the best-preserved of all the Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland, Trim Castle is a sight to behold.

When Trim Castle was built, Ireland was divided by those who were under English rule and those who were native Irish. Trim Castle stands where these two communities would regularly engage in battle. 

The castle was built in 1172 as a statement of power by the Anglo-Normans. Originally the castle was wooden. However, this was destroyed just two years later by the Irish.

Following its destruction, a permanent stone structure was built, which is much of what is visible here today. 

When to visit – crowds and weather

When to visit.
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Although it is always nicer to enjoy attractions and spectacular sights like Trim Castle when it is sunny, it can get extremely busy.

The summer months are the busiest time of year for visitors to the castle. Therefore if you visit during the summer, we recommend that you plan to visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Be aware that the opening hours of the site vary throughout the year, with them shortening during the off-peak season.

Usually, from February to early November, the castle is open every day. While the remaining months, the castle is only open on weekends.

What to see – immerse yourself in Irish history

What to see at Trim Castle.
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Admire the incredible architecture of Trim Castle; this three-storey-keep is only part of this magnificent stronghold.

It possesses a mind-boggling 20 sides, with three of the four towers still standing. This curtain wall was built to protect the castle and its inhabitants from potential invaders.

Imagine the grandeur that once decorated the walls of the Great Hall. The Great Hall would have hosted some of the most powerful English men and women. No doubt there would have been many lavish banquets and feasts held here. 

Head to the East Tower, where you can climb the spiral staircase to the chapel. Here you will find a carved stone trough that would have been used for washing altar vessels.

Traces remain of the glazed window that stood here hundreds of years ago when glass was a symbol of immense status.

By going on a guided tour of the castle, you will be treated to breathtaking views from the top of the keep.

Become awestruck by the sheer height of the castle as it overlooks the surrounding countryside. Some of the views from the top of the keep include glimpses of the nearby town of Trim. 

Things to know – useful information

Useful information.
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Some of the stairs in the castle are incredibly steep and narrow. They would not be suitable for those with young children or disabilities. 

After heavy rainfall, the grounds can get muddy, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring a rain jacket with you as a lot of what to see is outdoors.

There is no on-site parking, only on-street parking. Keep this in mind during the busy periods as parking may be challenging to find. A paid parking ticket is required, and you can only park for a maximum of two hours.

People spend on average of one or two hours exploring Trim Castle. This should leave you with plenty of time to explore all the sights and get some beautiful photos as well. 

Admission, including the keep, costs €5 per adult and €3 per child. Entry to the castle excluding the keep is €2 per adult and €1 per child. There are also family rates and group rates.

Trim Castle was used as the location for King John’s Castle in the film Braveheart.

Although this 1995 historical drama was set in Scotland, Trim Castle was used as part of the fortified town of York in England. The following year, Braveheart went on to win a phenomenal five Oscars. 

Where to stay – fantastic accommodation

Trim Castle hotel is a great place to stay.
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If you are looking for a unique place to stay that has some of the most spectacular views, then stay at the four-star Trim Castle Hotel.

Overlooking the historical and monumental Trim Castle, this hotel combines luxury with heritage. This family-owned hotel has views that will take your breath away.

Address: Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 FCY8

Where to eat – delicious Irish cuisine

The Barista Cafe is a great place to eat beside Trim Castle.
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The Barista Café is just a short stroll away from Trim Castle. Offering cups of delicious coffee and lots of tasty treats, this is the perfect place to fuel up before continuing on your adventures through Ireland.

Address: Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath, C15 FCY8

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