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Trim – One of Ireland’s best-preserved Medieval Towns

Fáilte go Baile Átha Troim

Welcome to Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland

Trim (with a population of 9,563) is situated in low-lying countryside in southwest County Meath, on both banks of the River Boyne, approximately 45km northwest of Dublin and 14.5km southwest of Navan. Its name is derived from the Irish ‘Atha Troim,’ meaning ‘the ford of the elder tree’ and the origin of the town dates back to the 5th century A.D.

A designated heritage town in the heart of the Boyne Valley, Trim is renowned as one of Ireland’s most beautiful towns and has something to offer everyone. With its famous monuments, beautiful streets, parks and walks, and summertime floral displays, it is a haven of relaxation and tranquility. 

Trim is a long-established town, with early monastic settlements believed to date between the 5th and 6th centuries.  The town developed within enclosed walls around the 12th-century Norman castle, and with growing prosperity, further Augustinian, Franciscan, and Dominican friaries were established.

Trim became one of the most important Hiberno-Norman settlements in the Middle Ages. In the 15th century, the Anglo-Irish parliament met in Trim. Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington lived nearby in Dangan Castle and was educated in Trim.  In 1817 a large column was erected in the town in his honour, following victory at Waterloo 1815.

Whilst the town’s main attraction is the renowned Trim Castle, there are many other features to discover. Trim has among the finest collection of medieval buildings of any town in Ireland including the Yellow Steeple, Sheep Gate, St. Mary’s Abbey, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Newtown Cathedral and Abbey.

During the early 1700’s Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, was presented with the Vicarage of Laracor in Trim and spent some of his happiest times in the area as judged by the ‘Journal to Stella’ which was published after his death.

Apart from all the wonderful heritage sites to discover, the magical River Boyne is a treasure not to be overlooked.  As one of Ireland’s greatest rivers, the Boyne timelessly flows through Trim, playing a huge part in the development of local wildlife and natural amenities. Few rivers are as rich in mythology and history as the Boyne. From excellent fishing and the Boyne Blueway Trim trailhead and cycle trail to gentle leisurely walks and picnics along the banks, it is a beautiful, natural resource for everyone to enjoy.

The Porch Fields, with its numerous medieval religious monuments, will forever be maintained as a local amenity unique in the heart of any Irish town. This park contains over five kilometres of multi-access heritage walking trails and captures the unique beauty of this wonderful town.

As part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Trim is brimming with a colourful history and all the drama legends are made of, we look forward to welcoming you to come and explore this unique and beautiful part of the Boyne Valley. 

Céad Míle Fáilte. 

www.discoverboynevalley.ie/boyne-valley-drive/heritage-sites/trim-heritage-town

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