Dominated by its mighty castle and atmospheric ruins, the quiet town of Trim was an important settlement in medieval times. Five city gates surrounded a busy jumble of streets, and as many as seven monasteries were established in the immediate area.
It's hard to imagine nowadays, but a measure of Trim's importance was that Elizabeth I considered building Trinity College here. One student who did study in Trim was Dublin-born Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, who studied at Talbot Castle and St Mary's Abbey.
Today, Trim's history is everywhere, with various ruins and streets still lined with tiny workers' cottages.