Did you know that Trim, in the heart of the Boyne Valley, contains more medieval buildings than any other town in Ireland? A place to visit with beautiful walks, lots of tasty cafés and restaurants, friendly people, and a bustling night life. If you are looking for somewhere to add to the bucket list this Autumn, then make Trim your first destination. Here are our top ten reasons to visit Trim this Autumn.
The town of Trim boasts the impressive Trim Castle at its centre. Its hard to miss the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland as you arrive into the town. In modern times, the castle is best known as the location of the filming of Braveheart but there is an extensive history here. The castle was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. The central fortification is a monumental three-storey keep. This massive 20-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was all but impregnable in its day. It was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and water-filled moat. Today you can take a self-guided tour around the castle grounds or join a tour that will take you to the top of the keep. The Castle is open daily between 10am and 5pm and during the winter times may change.
Sometimes referred to as the deserted village, Newtown would have been a busy settlement in its day. The Newtown Monuments consist of a large medieval cathedral, two monasteries and small church which date from 1206. A short walk from the town of Trim itself will bring you to Newtown where you can discover St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, the remains of Newtown parish church, the Tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman, the Priory of St John the Baptist, the Echo Gate, St Peters Bridge and St Peters Well.
This walk is a feast for the senses on your trip to Trim. Take in the beautiful views along the Boyne River, listen to the bird song and the gushing river along side you, feel the wind in your hair as you make your way up to the Yellow Steeple and learn all about the history of this magnificent place on interpretive panels along the way. You can scan the QR code on the panels to access the exclusive Porchfield Digital Story Trail. (Please note that the Millenium Bridge is currently closed and access to the Porchfield can be found on the ring road bridge.)
One of the most important parts of any trip in Ireland is where to eat. You will be spoiled for choice in Trim with a variety of restaurants, bars and café’s all serving delicious local fare. Dine in Brogans of Trim and catch some live music while you are there. Visit the conservatory at the Castle Arch Hotel where they are famous for their daily carvery. Treat yourself to a night out in the beautiful Franzini’s overlooking the Castle. Experience lunch at the heart of the town in Harvest Home Bakery and Cafe. Visit Jules Restaurant at Trim Castle Hotel. Enjoy at taste of India at Khan Spices. Discover imaginative Irish and international cuisine at Rococo Restaurant at Knightsbrook Hotel. Enjoy an electric atmosphere and funky interior at the Stockhouse Restaurant or treat yourself to afternoon tea at the vintage parlour at the Old Rectory.
Extend your evening and take in the great bars situated in Trim. Our top spots are Jack Quinn’s and James Griffin Pub!
Discover the Boyne Blueway Trim with Boyne Valley activities. Take a kayak tour, a river tour or even hire out your own kayak for the morning or afternoon. Enjoy Trim and the surrounding areas from a different perspective- on the beautiful Boyne.
Whether you are travelling as a family, as a couple or a solo traveller, you will find the best accommodation to suit you in Trim. From town centre hotels to golf resorts, cosy guesthouses, and everything in between. Check out the new lodges at Boyne View Guesthouse accommodation. Be pampered at Caravogue House B&B. Stay in the historic Castle Arch Hotel. Appreciate the amazing views at Highfield House. Enjoy a self-catering break at Kiltale Holiday Homes. Treat yourself to a stay at Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf resort. Be close to all the action at Steeple View Self-catering. Let Sandy spoil you at the Old Rectory B&B. Relax in the stunning Trim Castle Hotel overlooking the majestic castle. Other bed and breakfasts on the outskirts of the town include Tigh Cathain, Woodstock Bed no Breakfast and Woodview Lodge. Check out all the Autumn special offers from Boyne Valley hotels here.
The perfect way to see the stunning landscape around Trim is by teeing off at one of the local golf courses. There are plenty of golf packages to choose from in local hotels. Book your slot at Knightsbrook Golf Course, where the course has a stunning location with views over undulating fairways, testing greens, and demanding water features. County Meath Golf Club is located 3km from Trim and this course offers a searching, though fair challenge to all golfers. Tree lined fairways, strategic bunkering and subtle, well-maintained greens ensure an interesting test of golf for the discerning golfer. Killeen Castle Golf Club is 20 minutes from Trim and in addition to offering a world class golf product it also houses extensive state of the art practice and clubhouse facilities. Royal Tara Golf Club is situated 15 minutes from Trim and is one of the finest inland complexes with 27 championship holes set in mature parkland complete with new practice and driving range facilities.
Step back in time and visit the excavations at the site of the award-winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project in Trim. The Dominican friary of St. Mary of the Assumption was founded in 1263 and suppressed by Henry VIII in 1542. During the 1750’s it was taken down for building stone. Despite this, significant remains survive. The project host many open days throughout the year and offer free tours of the site every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm -4.30pm from May to September.
Trim has an impressive line up of festivals, shows and fairs all year round. From the Royal Meath Agricultural show every September, Trim Haymaking festival, The Boyne Adventure race and many more. Trim welcomes the Púca festival back to the town this October bank holiday weekend where a full line up of acts will preform over the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Find more information on it here.
If you are not sure where to start your visit in Trim, then call into Rosaleen in Trim Visitor Centre. Located just beside the castle in the historic old town hall building. Here you will find a wealth of information on the best places to visit as well as the lesser-known sites. The centre also houses a medieval armoury exhibition, tourist information point and a gift shop, as well as being the booking location for Trim Castle tours during the winter season. You can also learn more about the heritage town of Trim from the beautiful display of model buildings that is showcased in the Visitor Centre.
A weekend trip may not be long enough for your visit to Trim this Autumn. Spend a bit longer and discover other areas of our beautiful region. This is where your Autumn adventure begins, in the historic town of Trim!
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