I have wanted to visit Trim Castle for quite some time now, but I decided to wait until now knowing that my family was going to visit and would want to see some of the beautiful Irish country-side as well. The long awaited trip finally happened. We borrowed a friend’s car so we could all fit, eight people required two cars (there are very few vehicles big enough to carry more than seven passengers here unless you ride the giant double decker tour buses), we caravanned the hour and a half trip with my husband driving one car and me the other…none of my family wanted to attempt driving on the “other side” of the road. I have become so accustomed to driving on the Left that it would seem very strange to drive on the right. Anyways, back to the story, Trim castle was worth the visit in my opinion. It was a gorgeous day and the castle stood high above the city as we passed through the town. Many of you may be familiar with this particular castle because it was used in the shooting of the American movie, “Braveheart.” It is a three story well fortified castle ruins built in the 11th century and has beautiful grounds inside the keep as well as outside. Entry to the grounds is only €2 for an adult, but the guided tour is €4 and allows you to go inside the castle. When we arrived there was a 45 minute wait until the next tour so as we waited we enjoyed wandering around the outskirts of the castle and looking through the walls to the city below. There were a few benches scattered around and a nice gravel path with a few plaques scattered around with historical explanations. My sister loved reading all the information but I just was preoccupied watching my children. There were many caverns and places where my toddler could easily fall and not very many guard rails so it required extra attention.
Our tour guide was a friendly Irish chap with a thick accent. He explained the history of the castle and patiently answered questions and re-answered those same questions for those who weren’t listening the first time, namely, myself and some of my family who were distracted by fore-mentioned toddler…
One of his lines caught my attention, “Navan is for Rogues, Kells is for brogues and Trim is for hanging the people.” Apparently the town of Trim was noted for its public executions. One of the things I loved about the Trim Castle area was that it appeared to be a part of the every-day life of the town. School kids hung out kicking soccer balls and families picnicked on the lawns. An old lady who appeared to be in her late 70’s or 80’s sat on a bench playing a pretty Irish tune on a harmonica while a few other older women chatted. On the far side of the castle ran a river with a busy walking path full of the usual sort; joggers, dog walkers and families out for a stroll. Ofcourse, there were also plenty of tourist around, along with a few men sitting near the entrance on new looking three wheel motorcycles with heads covered by bandanas. Interesting?!? Several youth appeared enthralled by the bikes.
After our tour we walked across the street to a local “chipper” where we enjoyed fish and chips and tasty kebabs before heading home. There appeared to be several other nice restaurants in the area along with a few picnic tables just outside the castle. I will definitely be recommending this spot to my out of town visitors.
Tips to Remember:
- Please watch your children! It could be dangerous for little ones.
- Don’t be in a hurry, there is a lot of history to be had in this castle and the small town beside.
- Some of the key scenes from Mel Gibson’s movie, Braveheart were filmed here. Ask at the ticket counter to have a look at the Braveheart picture folder before leaving.
- We enjoyed the chipper right outside the castle entrance. The chipper has seating in the left entrance and a basic takeaway in the right. If you are from America, we recommend the Curry Chips. They are an Irish favourite.