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Top Choice Castle in Trim

Trim Castle

Proof of Trim's medieval importance, this remarkably preserved edifice was Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman fortification. Hugh de Lacy founded Trim Castle in 1173, but it was destroyed by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, Irela…
Top Choice Ruins in Trim

Bective Abbey

The extraordinarily preserved yet little-visited ruins of Cistercian Bective Abbey are off the R161, 7km northeast of Trim. Founded by Murchadh O'Melaghin, King of Meath, in 1147, the abbey was confiscated by Henry …
Ruins in Trim

St Mary's Abbey & Talbot Castle

Across the River Boyne from Trim Castle are the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian St Mary's Abbey, rebuilt after a fire in 1368 and once home to a wooden statue of Our Lady of Trim, revered by the faithful for i…
Cathedral in Trim

St Patrick's Cathedral Church

That huge steeple you see belongs to St Patrick's Cathedral Church, parts of which dates from the 15th century, although it wasn't granted cathedral status until 1955. Take a look at the beautiful stained-glass wind…
Pub in Trim

Marcy Regan's

This small, traditional pub beside Norman-era St Peter's Bridge, facing Newtown's ruins, claims to be Ireland's second oldest (after Sean's Pub in Athlone, County Westmeath). It's a no-frills kind of place steeped i…
Pub in Trim

James Griffin

This award-winning historic pub dates from 1904 and hosts trad-music sessions (Monday and Thursday), live bands (Friday and Sunday) and DJs (Saturday). The interior has retained its traditional-Irish-pub atmosphere …
Bakery in Trim

Harvest Home Bakery

This little gem sells delicious breads, cakes, pies and biscuits (including sugar- and gluten-free options), as well as homemade soups and full-to-bursting sandwiches. There are outside tables in fine weather.
Steak in Trim


Cooked-to-order dry-aged steaks from local abattoir/butcher Coogan's are the stock-in-trade of this always-packed restaurant, but noncarnivores can choose from vegetarian dishes including sizzling fajitas.
Ruins in Trim

Newtown Ruins

About 1.5km east of town on Lackanash Rd are the ruins of the former Parish Church of Newtown Clonbun, the Cathedral of Sts Peter & Paul and 18th-century Newtown Abbey.Southeast across the river is the Crutched …
Monument in Trim

Wellington Column

The local burghers dedicated this column to Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, in recognition of his impressive career: after defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, the Iron Duke went on to becom…