Trim Heritage Town

  • Directions
  • From M1 Motorway

    At junction 10, take the N51 exit.

    Continue onto R161 & continue onto Trim

    From Navan

    Take the 1st exit onto Railway Street & continue onto R161 & continue onto Trim

    From Drogheda

    At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51

    Continue onto R161 & & continue onto Trim

    From Dublin M3

    Continue onto Navan Road/N3, take exit onto R156

    Merge onto M3, At junction 6, take the R125 exit

    Continue to follow R154

    Take exit onto Castle Street

    Turn right & destination will be on the right

  • Trim Visitor Centre, (located beside Trim Castle Entrance)
    Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath

  • Region: Trim ,
  • Trim
  • + 353 (0) 46 943 7227
  • trimvisitorcenter@eircom.net

Trim contains more Medieval buildings than any town in Ireland Trim is situated on the banks of the River Boyne in an area of fertile plains. The town developed around Trim Castle, straddling the river to the north and west of the castle. In the 13th century the town was enclosed within a circuit of stone walls. Augustinian (1202), Franciscan (1260), and Dominican (1263) friaries were established, indicating the growing prosperity of the town. In the later medieval period Trim became an increasingly exposed frontier, standing between the hostile worlds of the Anglo-Normans and the Gaelic Irish. Aside from Trim Castle, which dominates the town, the fragments of the medieval town are still clearly visible.

Sheep Gate and Yellow Steeple

The wall which circled the settlement is visible in part, mainly around Castle St. and Emmet St. west of the castle. The Sheep Gate is the only surviving of several medieval gateways to the town. The jagged Yellow Steeple was formerly a seven-storied church tower belonging to St Mary's Augustinian Abbey, it gets its name from the colour of the stonework in the evening sun. St Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland) is primarily a 19th century structure, though with medieval remains. The tower on its west face incorporates the arms of Richard, Duke of York, Lord of Trim and Viceroy in Ireland from 1449. Interestingly, Ireland's oldest complete and unaltered bridge (dating from 1393) crosses the Boyne at Trim.

Newtown cathedral

A few kilometres downstream of Trim stand the ruins of Newtown Trim – a large medieval cathedral, two monasteries and a small church. These ruins symbolise the failed attempt by the first English Bishop of Meath, Simon de Rochfort, to establish a rival town to de Lacy's Trim. During the early 1700s Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, lived at Lacacor, near Trim, where he served as vicar to a small congregation. Arthur Wellesey, better known as the Duke of Wellington or ‘the Iron Duke', was educated at Trim and spent much of his childhood at the nearby Dangan Castle, his father's country house (now in ruins). He is credited with Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and later served as Prime Minister of Great Britain (1828-30).

Don Ambrosio O'Higgins (1720 – 1801), the Spanish Viceroy of Peru and Chile, was born at Dangan Castle. His son, Bernardo O'Higgins, went on to become the ‘Liberator of Chile'.

Housed in the old Town Hall Building Trim Visitor Centre has a Medieval Armoury Tour.  Here visitors can enjoy History brought back to life in an exciting way for everyone to enjoy.  The Visitor Centre also has a Tourist Information Point and a Gift Shop.

Listen to some wonderful audio on Trim Castle - part of the Boyne Valley Drive

 

Town
Telephone
+ 353 (0) 46 943 7227
Email Address
trimvisitorcenter@eircom.net
Address

Trim Visitor Centre, (located beside Trim Castle Entrance)
Castle St, Trim, Co. Meath

Directions

From M1 Motorway

At junction 10, take the N51 exit.

Continue onto R161 & continue onto Trim

From Navan

Take the 1st exit onto Railway Street & continue onto R161 & continue onto Trim

From Drogheda

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto N51

Continue onto R161 & & continue onto Trim

From Dublin M3

Continue onto Navan Road/N3, take exit onto R156

Merge onto M3, At junction 6, take the R125 exit

Continue to follow R154

Take exit onto Castle Street

Turn right & destination will be on the right

Latitude
53.5548
Longitude
-6.78976
Region
GPS: 53.5548, -6.78976

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