Address: Trim, Co Meath.
Telephone No: +353 46 943 8619 +353 46 9438964
Fax No: +353 46 943 8618
As part of the OPW Communities Initiative Programme, the OPW is pleased to announce that tours of Trim Castle Grounds will be available on weekdays at 11am, organised by Trim Community Historical Tours. Tours of the Castle are only available at the weekends as outlined below.
From November until 15th March, the castle is open for weekends only as follows:
November to January: Weekends only 09.00 - 17.00
February - 15th March: Weekends only 09.30 - 17.30
From 16th March until 30th October the castle is open daily as follows:
16th March - 30th October: Daily 10.00 - 18.00
October: open daily 09.30 - 17.30.
Closed the weekend before before Christmas, and before New Year's Day
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Please note that all groups must be pre-booked.
Average Length of Visit: 1 - 2 hours
E Castle Excluding the Keep
Group & Senior: €2.00
Child/ Student: €1.00
Display panels with reconstruction drawings, toilets, guided tours. Public car park close to the site.
Please note that this car park is paid parking with a 2 hour limit
Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat.
Location: Trim Town Centre (Trim is a Heritage Town).
Bus Route(s): Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111
Access to the keep is by guided tour only
Maximum number: 20
Duration: 45 minutes
Last tour 1 hour before closing.
Access to the Keep is by guided tour only for safety reasons.
Leaflet/Guide book: English, French, German
Seasonal Events: Please check in advance using contact details listed above.
Photography / Video allowed: Yes. Permit required for Commercial Photography.
Additional Information: Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access cannot be guaranteed. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Access for visitors with disabilities is very restricted. Please note that some of the stairs in the keep are very steep and narrow. The keep is not accessible for visitors with disabilities and there is restricted access to the grounds only. There are interpretation panels in the grounds of the castle which allow for self-guiding.