This designated heritage town of Trim is situated on the River Boyne. It is a thriving town where many activities, historical and cultural regularly take place. Not long after proclaiming Christianity in Ireland St. Patrick constructed a church here on land granted to him by the son of the High King. He built it near an ancient ford that crossed the river just beyond the bridge and it was from this that Trim got its name.
Straddling the Boyne, Trim, now a small market town, was once destined to be the capital of Ireland. The town takes it's Irish name from 'ford of the elder tree'.
In 1172, Hugh de Lacy, Meath's first Norman baron, founded Trim castle, which was to be the keystone of Norman rule in the east of the country. The castle was built on the south bank of the Boyne as an outpost on the edge of the Pale, to protect Dublin from invaders attacking from the north. Damaged by Cromwell's soldiers in 1649, the castle is now safe and well preserved. At the centre of the castle is a 75ft high stone keep, built around 1200. Part of the castle's wall, along the river are now encompassed by a pitch and putt course.
Map of Trim
Getting To and Around Trim
For information on getting to and around Co. Meath, see our Co. Meath Transport Guide.
Public Transport to and around Trim
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Places to Stay in Trim
- Brogan's Bar & Hotel High Street
- Caravogue House Blackfriary
- Castle Arch Hotel Summerhill Road
- Highfield House (Trim) Castle Street
- Knightsbrook Guesthouse 1 Victorine Abbey
- Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort Dublin Road
- The Bounty Bar Guesthouse Bridge Street
- The Old Rectory St. Lomans Street
- Trim Castle Hotel Castle Street