Located just 40 minutes outside Dublin, Trim Castle can easily be visited by guests at any of the Radisson Blu Dublin hotels.
About Trim CastleTrim Castle was built by the powerful Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter over a period of 30 years in the late 12th century. It was constructed on the site of an earlier wooden fort, which was destroyed by armies belonging to the Gaelic High King, Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair.
The imposing stone keep, which can still be visited today, is three stories high and dominates the surrounding landscape. Built at a strategic location on the banks of the River Boyne, it served as the seat of de Lacy's Lordship of Meath, which was granted to him by King Henry II in 1172. It was also a key defensive point at the outer edges of the Pale, the region of Ireland administered by the Anglo-Norman authorities in the Middle Ages and beyond which the Gaelic clans held sway.
The castle was held by a succession of owners over the centuries, gradually falling into disrepair before being acquired and partially restored by the Office of Public Works in the 1990s. It has since achieved a certain fame through its appearance in the Mel Gibson film Braveheart, in which it played York Castle, and is now a hugely popular tourist attraction which has put the town of Trim on the map.