Trim Castle

Castle Street , Trim , Co. Meath

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About Trim Castle

Trim Castle is located at Castle Street in Trim, Co. Meath.

Built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173 this is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

The castle underwent further development by de Lacy's son, Walter, which was completed in 1204. The next phase of the castle's construction took place at the end of the 13th century, and the beginning of the 14th century. Almost uniquely for a Norman castle of this scale in Europe, it has scarcely been modified since then.

During the late Middle Ages, Trim Castle was the centre of Norman administration for Meath and marked the outer northern boundary of The Pale.

During the 15th century the Irish Parliament met in Trim Castle seven times and a mint operated here. By the 17th centuries the castle had declined in importance, except as a potentially important military site. After the Jacobite wars of the 1680s, the castle was granted to the Wellesle family who held it until Arthur Wellesley (the Duke of Wellington) sold it to the Leslies and in turn it passed to the Dunsany Plunketts who sold the lands and buildings to the Irish State in 1993. The castle was re-opened to the public in 2000.

The castle was used in the epic film Braveheart which starred Mel Gibson.

Open Easter-End October. Weekends in Winter. Admission charge. Access to keep/castle building by guided tour only.

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