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The medieval town of Trim is situated on the River Boyne and boasts a variety of historical attractions and cultural activities.
TRIM VISITOR CENTRE - Housed in the Old Town Hall building Trim Visitor Centre has an audio visual presentation titled “The Power & the Glory”. Here visitors can learn more about life in medieval Trim and county Meath as well as more about how the coming of the Normans affected the area. The visitor centre also has a tourist information point, gift and coffee shop. Castle Street, Trim. T. +353 (0)46 9437227. E. email@example.com. www.meathtourism.ie
TRIM CASTLE - The finest Norman Castle in Ireland, started by Hugh de Lacy in 1173. Almost uniquely for a Norman Castle of this scale in Europe, it has scarcely been modified since it was completed in the 13th century. Over the centuries Trim Castle was
adapted to suit the domestic needs of its owners and the changing political climate. However, much of its fabric has remained unchanged since the height of Anglo-Norman power in Ireland. Even today when standing within the walls of the castle visitors can get the sense of security that would have been felt by the de Lacy family in a hostile landscape. Although, standing outside the walls you can sense the intimidation that must surely have been felt by the native population.
SHEEP’S GATE - The last remaining gate in a ruined section of the town walls which were built by Geoffrey de Geneville, who occupied Trim Castle during its hey day in the second half of the 13th century.
TALBOT CASTLE/ST. MARY’S ABBEY - Built in 1415, the basement of the castle is believed to be an adapted remnant of the Abbey of St. Mary. Access by permission only.
THE YELLOW STEEPLE - Belfry tower of the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary, rebuilt after a fire in 1368. This was the site of an important pilgrimage in honour of a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary until the Reformation.
ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL - The 15th century church tower containing medieval grave stones is now attached to a 19th century church, behind which part of the 16th century chancel survives.
THE BLACK FRIARY - is the site of a Dominican Friary founded by Geoffrey de Geneville, Lord of Trim, in 1263. The friary was mostly destroyed in the 18th century but the ruins of the buildings are visible on the site. There is an on-going programme of archaeological investigation at the site, with excavation work carried out during summer months.
SS PETER & PAUL CATHEDRAL - Founded close to the temporal power of Trim Castle by the Norman Bishop Simon de Rochfort in 1206, after his cathedral at Clonard was burned down, only a part of the original nave and chancel survive. This was the largest Gothic Church in Ireland. Part of the ruined Priory of Augustinian Cannons, which was established to maintain the Cathedral, also survives. See the tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman. Place a metal pin between the figures, as the pin rusts your warts will disappear.
HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - This foundation of the Crusador Order of Crutched Friars was also established by Simon de Rochfort in the early 13th Century.
BOYNE VALLEY ACTIVITIES
Boyne Valley Activities are a vibrant activity provider primarily based on the banks of the Boyne at Watergate Street, Trim, but also have facilities in Athboy and Slane. We offer a wide range of water and land based activities along the Boyne Valley. We specialize in Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Medieval River Tours and High Ropes/Low Ropes Courses and
Indoor Archery if you prefer to stay dry!
FACTS ABOUT TRIM
Trim Castle served as a ‘castle double’ for York Castle in Mel Gibson’s 1996 Oscar winning movie ‘Braveheart’
Trim won GOLD for Tidy Towns 2014. Ireland’s Entry into the Entente Floral Europe Competition 2015.
In Trim town you can walk along the River Boyne and see the ruins of St. Peter & Paul Cathedral and the Hospital of St. John the Baptist. Visitors can call into the Visitor Centre for a town map and more details about the walk.
Voted by Failte Ireland as one of the top 10 tourist towns in 2012
Voted by BBC historical Magazine as one of the top 20 Historical
Destinations in the world for 2013
Voted by National Geographic traveler magazine as the top 100 in the world that can change your child’s life.
CNN fine tuned the list into a top 10
Trim won silver for tidy towns 2013