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).
November to January: daily 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
February to March 16th: daily 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
March 17th to September 30th: daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
October: daily 9.30 am to 5.30 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.
In addition to the tours of the Castle listed above, guided tours of the grounds only are available on weekdays from November to February. These free tours are provided by members of the Trim Living History community group (phone 046-943 7227).