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.
Address: Trim, Co Meath.
Phone: +353 46 943 8619
Phone: +353 46 943 8964
Fax : +353 46 943 8618
From 17th March until October open daily:
17th March – 30 September: Daily 10.00 – 18.00
October: open daily 09.30 – 17.30.
From November until mid March open for weekends:
November to January: Weekends only 09.00 – 17.00
February – 11th March: Weekends only 09.30 – 17.30
Closed the weekend before before Christmas, and before New Year’s Day
Last admission 1 hour before closing. Please note that all groups must be pre-booked.
Average Length of Visit: 1 – 2 hours
Castle Excluding the Keep
Group & Senior: €2.00
Video not allowed. Photography allowed. Permit required for Commercial Photography.
Check Bus Eireann timetable
Access to the keep is by guided tour only
Maximum number: 20
Duration: 45 minutes
Last tour 1 hour before closing.
Leaflet/Guide book: English, French, German
Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access cannot be guaranteed. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 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