Places to visit: Castles

Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Slane Castle is an impressive historic building, the work of famous architects James Gandon, James Wyatt & Francis Johnston. The parklands were laid out by Capability Brown. King George IV stayed here in 1821. U2 recorded “The Unforgettable Fire” here in 1984. Slane has been in the same family’s hands since 1701. It was lovingly restored after a devastating fire in 1991 and became a famed venue for open air rock concerts.

Guided tours run 7 days a week from May 5th to November 4th 2018 (11.00 am to 5.00 pm). First tour at 11.15 am, last tour at 4.15 pm.
Outside of these months, tours are infrequent. From January to April tours tend to be available on Saturdays & Sundays (12.00 pm to 5.00 pm). First tour at 12.15 am and last tour at 4.15 pm. Book on the website before travelling.

Slane, Co. Meath.

Tel: 041 982 0643.

Adults €12; concessions.

Trim Castle

Trim Castle ***

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 around 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.

Guided tours only. Not suitable for visitors with disabilities. Very busy during the summer months (booking advisable).

Opening hours:
January (Sat & Sun):  9.00 am – 4.00 pm
1-10 February (Sat & Sun):  9.30 am – 4.30 pm
11 February – 16 March (daily):   9.30 am – 4.30 pm
17 March – 30 September (daily): 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
1 October – 7 November (daily):  9.30 am – 4.30 pm
8 November – December (Sat & Sun):  9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Usually closed the weekend before Christmas and the weekend before New Year’s Day.

Trim, Co. Meath.

Tel: 046 943 8619.

Adults €5; concessions. Free admission on the first Wednesday of every month.