Trim Co Meath Ireland
Trim County Meath Ireland.
Once the capital town in County Meath, Trim is a heritage town with massive history. There is plenty
to see and do there, from castles to rivers and monuments.
The largest Norman castle in Ireland, Trim Castle is a fantastic example of a Norman castle. Built by Hugh de Lacy and completed by his son in the thirteenth century, the castle gained another addition in the next century – the Great Hall. They built in Trim because of its high elevation and access to the River Boyne and its waterway to the Irish Sea.
Trim has an informative and interesting visitor centre and tourist office. The Living History Museum is a must-see in Trim. The tour guides are dressed in period costume and not only tell you but show you Medieval life. It is an experience not to be missed. This rich history that the museum displays, has been discovered through excavations in and around the grounds of Trim Castle. Archaeologists have found many remarkable items that help piece together local history. Items discovered include: 13th century iron arrowheads, silver coins, an iron axe, French wine jugs, walls and buildings and human remains.
Things to see
-Trim Castle. The largest Norman castle in Ireland.
-Duke of Wellington Monument sits at the town’s crossroads. It is a limestone statue of the Duke on a plinth and column. It was erected in 1817.
-Sheep Gate. The last remaining gate in the original city wall that existed in medieval times.
-Yellow Steeple. A 40-metre- tall steeple of a thirteenth century abbey, the Yellow Steeple is free to visit and is worth the effort.
-The Living History Museum at the Trim Visitor Centre shows you medieval life. You can visit the displays and speak to medieval ‘people’, i.e. tour guides wearing medieval costumes and assuming medieval personas. It really is a sight to behold.
When to visit
Anytime. Every season has its merits in Trim. My favorite is July because the Trim car show or Trim Vintage and Veteran Car Rally is held then. It is a spectacular event with cars from all eras and years.
The most famous person from Trim is Jonathon Swift, acclaimed author, poet and clergyman.
Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Ireland. It was also known as King John’s Castle.
It sits on the River Boyne.
Braveheart, the Mel Gibson blockbuster, was filmed at Trim Castle.
Newtown Abbey, the largest abbey in Ireland, is a short walk from the castle.
Nearby heritage sites include Newgrange and The Hill of Tara.
Jonathon Swift, of Gulliver’s Travel fame, visited Trim in the 1700s. The locals named a street after him.
Trim Castle was built on the site of a wooden fortress held under British rule. The Irish were responsible for burning the fortress to the ground.
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