The Castle of Trim

Trim Castle, ©informatique/Flickr

Trim Castle, ©informatique/Flickr

If you are interested in the Middle Ages, Trim is a perfect detination for you. At only half an hour drive from Dublin, Trim has a beautiful old town and hosts many medieval ruins.

Here you can admire the remains of the beautiful Gothic cathedral as a part of the nave and the altar can still be seen. It is interesting to see the bridge of St. Peter, considered the second oldest bridge in the country. The Newtown monuments consist of a large medieval cathedral and two small churches dating back to 1206. The city is dominated by the Trim Castle which was built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173.

The construction of the castle

The Trim Castle is located on the banks of the Boyne, and has an area of ​​30,000 m². It is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. The castle was built by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter and was used as an administrative center, one of the newest administrative areas of Ireland created by Henry II of England and granted to Hugh de Lacy. Lacy built a huge castle on top of the hill defended by a robust double palisade and an external ditch.

Trim Castle walls, ©jamingray/Flickr

Trim Castle walls, ©jamingray/Flickr

The site of the castle was chosen because it was located on high ground, overlooking the River Boyne. The area was an important medieval ecclesiastical and royal site, and although the site is at a distance of approximately 25 km from the Irish Sea, in medieval times it was accesible by boat until the Boyne River.

Renovation works

The Castle of Trim was attacked and burned by the Irish, but in 1173 Lacy began to rebuild it. His son, Walter continued the restoration works of the castle, which was completed in 1224. The next phase of the construction of the castle took place in the late thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century. After Walter’s death in 1241, his granddaughter, Mathilda, inherited the castle.

Trim Castle and Grounds, ©IanMurphy/Flickr

Trim Castle and Grounds, ©IanMurphy/Flickr

The building is equipped with a high tower, unique in its design, being in the form of a cross, with twenty corners. Part of the Trim Castle were excavated by archaeologist David Sweetman in the 1970s and more intensely by Alan Hayden in the 1990s. Sections of the Braveheart movie were filmed here.

Trim Castle, ©informatique/Flickr

Trim Castle, ©informatique/Flickr

The Office of Public Works began a major program of conservation and exploration works, in which was included the partial restoration of the trench and installing a protective cover. The Trim Castle is now restored, it was reopened to public in 200 and can be visited in a guided tour for a modest entrance fee.

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