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The picturesque town of Trim is perhaps best known for the iconic Trim Castle, one of Ireland’s most famous castles, and the largest Norman Castle in the country. Located on the banks of the River Boyne, and in the heart of the historic county of Meath, a short-break to Trim has you well placed to explore the many ancient sites on show in both Meath and Westmeath. A historically significant site in Ireland’s ancient fifth province (Mide), Trim has plenty to offers visitors, and a wide variety of accommodation options to consider.
When it comes to planning a trip to Trim, top of the list when it comes to attractions should be the 12th-century Trim Castle. Located near the River Boyne, Trim Castle is one of Ireland’s most stunning castles, with spectacular lighting bringing another dimension to this historic building come night time. Trim Castle was a key site for the Norman’s during their invasion of Ireland during the 11th and 12th century, and the medieval influence on the town can still be seen today. When you’ve finished exploring Trim Castle make your way to Trim Visitor Centre and discover more about the history of this magnificent town.
Both Trim Castle and Trim Visitor Centre are stopping points along the Trim Heritage Trail, a scenic walk that takes you through the town, enabling you to visit some of the most popular visitor attractions on offer. The Trim Heritage Trail takes in eight famous sites in the town and is approx. 2.5km, providing the perfect afternoon stroll should you wish to get out and explore what Trim has to offer. Other popular sites along the route include Talbot Castle, The Yellow Steeple, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Priory of St. John the Baptist. Many of the sites are located on the banks of the River Boyne, so the walk provides plenty of great opportunities to relax and unwind with a picnic.
Trim’s central location has you well placed to explore the many historic attractions on offer in Meath, the heartland of Ireland’s Ancient East. Located a short distance from Trim is the Hill of Tara, the ancient high seat of the king of Ireland over a thousand years ago, and the location where many famous kings were crowned, and buried. From the Hill of Tara make your way to Newgrange, one of Ireland’s oldest known attractions dating back over 5,000 years. The prehistoric passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth were constructed by farmers back in the Stone Age period, and the trio of tombs are collectively known as Brú na Bóinne, one of only two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ireland (along with Skellig Michael, while the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland is the other UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Ireland).
Another popular Neolithic attraction near Trim is the ancient burial chambers at Loughcrew Cairns, while the towns of Kells, Slane and Drogheda are all worth exploring. If you fancy a trip to the coast when visiting Trim, check out the popular seaside towns of Bettystown and Laytown, both of which are about a 50-minute drive from Trim.
Trim has several accommodation options ranging from castle hotels and spa resorts to B&B’s and self-catering accommodation. The area also has several popular pubs and restaurants to keep you occupied, while Ireland’s Oldest Pub, Sean’s Pub in Athlone is just over an hour away.