Where: Trim Castle, Trim, Co. Meath (see map)
Parking: Yes, there is parking onsite
The walk around the castle is always open. For tours of the castle, click here for seasonal opening times.
Pet Friendly: Yes, dogs must be kept on a lead
Stroller Accessibility: There are paved trails suitable for strollers
If you’re looking for a gorgeous stroll, somewhere to take the kids on a Sunday, or have an interest in local history, Trim Castle and it’s grounds are well worth a visit. We took Jack and Atticus a few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon. While we didn’t actually tour the castle (with the pup in tow), the walk was gorgeous, parking was free, and we found lots of points of historical interest.
Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, built by Hugh De Lacy in 1173. It is famous as one of the locations used in the movie “Braveheart”. There are regular scheduled tours of the castle – see here for details. It’s situated in the heart of Trim town, about an hour drive from Dublin. There is a small car park onsite, and street parking nearby if you don’t mind walking. Metered parking is in place Monday-Saturday, and is free on Sundays. The walk among the castle grounds takes you over a beautiful old bridge and along the banks of the River Boyne. You’ll spot plenty of old, historical structures such as the Yellow Steeple (once a bell tower), and Talbot’s Castle (once home to Jonathan Swift). The only remaining gate from the wall that once surrounded Trim is also along the walk. It’s called The Sheep Gate – I thought it was like something out of “Game of Thrones”!
The walk itself is really pretty, and seems to be quite popular. We saw plenty of families, joggers and people walking dogs. It took us about an hour, with plenty of stops to take photos or to read the informational panels dotted along the path. Aside from the castle, I also loved having a nose at some of the fabulous houses that are built on the other side of the river. After your walk, reward yourself with a cuppa in the gorgeous Trim Castle Hotel, or head into town for lunch. A perfect afternoon of history, sightseeing and fresh air!