Trim Castle

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Hugh de Lacy began construction of the castle in about 1172 but the central tower - the keep - was not completed until the 1220s.

Location

Trim , Co. Meath

History

Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland . Hugh de Lacy began construction of the castle in about 1172 but the central tower - the keep - was not completed until the 1220s. This twenty sided tower is three storeys high and was protected by a ditch, a curtain wall and a moat. Inside the tower were living quarters, a great hall and a small chapel.

The curtain wall was defended by five D-shaped towers and entry to the castle was only through either of the two gates. The Towngate had a portcullis to protect it as well as a "murder hole". The other gate, the Dublingate, has a barbican projecting from the tower. Originally the barbican spanned the water filled moat which surrounded the curtain wall and had a draw bridge which was operated from above.

Trim Castle has undergone extensive conservation work.

Access for visitors with disabilities is very restricted. Please note that some of the stairs in the keep are very steep and narrow.

Main TowerDetails

Opening Times

May - October Daily 10:00-18:00 Last admission 45 mins. before closing. All groups must be pre-booked.

Visit Length

2hr

Admission

Adult EUR 3.50 Child EUR 1.25 Student EUR 1.25 Senior EUR 2.50 Family EUR 8.25 Group EUR 2.50
*Free Admission with Discovering Ireland Vacation

Information

Leaflets: Yes Guided Tours: Yes Audio Visual: Yes Exhibition: Yes

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

Opening Times

May - October Daily 10:00-18:00 Last admission 45 mins. before closing. All groups must be pre-booked.

Facilities

Restaurant: Yes Car Park: Yes Coach Park: Yes Disabled Access: Yes

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