Famed for its rich history and for featuring extensively in Mel Gibson's Braveheart, Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Europe and is set in beautiful grounds next to the river Boyne.
Building work started in 1172 led by Hugh de Lacy, who was keen to convey a sense of Norman strength in an area that adjoined the pretty malevolent Gaelic Irish. Along with an impressive three-storey keep, curtain walls and a gate house were constructed – all of which were encircled by a moat. The architecture is striking, with the keep alone famed for having twenty corners.
Many of these original structures still stand today and following renovations costing over six million euros, Trim Castle opened to the public.
Though you can walk through the grounds at your own leisure and read the information boards, the best way to sample the castle's history is by a guided tour of the keep. Whilst walking around specially installed walkways in the building, visitors are shown some of the historic graffiti on the castle walls and also the inner-workings of the castle's toilet system!
Trim Castle is a popular attraction with tourists and locals alike, and can get very busy in the summer months. It is advisable to visit early in the day whenever possible.
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