Ancient Ruins of the Largest Norman Castle in Ireland
This Worldwide Gifts fridge magnet photo of Trim Castle is a great souvenir from Ireland, representing the country's heritage in a way that recalls the days of lords and ladies, battles for freedom and ballads of heroism. Trim Castle is but one of hundreds of castles and castle ruins that abound near Dublin and throughout the Emerald Isle.
Trim Castle was constructed alongside the River Boyne in County Meath, just about 20km northwest of Ireland's capital city, Dublin. The Lord of Meath , Hugh de Lacy, and his son, Walter, built the structure over a 30 year period in the 12th century, creating a massive defensive ring wall and a three-story tower keep that remains standing nearly a thousand years later.
Today, Trim Castle is one of the more popular ruins in Ireland that is open to the public, and the grounds can be toured for a fee any day from Easter Saturday through Halloween. In winter it's open only on weekends.
More Interesting Castles and Ruins to Explore near Dublin
One of the most visited castles in Ireland is the Rock of Cashel, also called Cashel of the Kings and St. Peter's Rock. Located in Tipperary a little more than an hour's drive from Dublin, the Rock of Cashel is known as the legendary site of a massive rock that remained when St. Peter banished Satan from a cave. Historically it was the seat of the Kings of Munster, dating from the 12th century.
Kilkenny Castle on the River Nore is another beautiful castle with gardens and parklands open to the public for exploration. 15th century Ross Castle offers another Irish legend concerning its former master, O'Donoghue who is said to be sleeping an enchanted slumber beneath the lake. Cahir Castle, Blarney Castle, Glenveagh Castle, Dublin Castle, King John's Castle and Birr Castle, just to name a few, are also worthy of visiting during your castle tour of Ireland.