Discover the best top things to do in Trim, Ireland including Trim Castle, River Boyne, St. Patrick's Church, St Mary's Abbey, Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul, Priory of St. John The Baptist, The Tomb of The Jealous Man and Woman, Bru Brewery, Cathedral Church of St Patrick, Wellington Memorial Monument.
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Completed around 1220, the Irish Parliament met there several times in the 15th century. It was also used as a mint for the country's currency. In modern times, "Braveheart" was filmed in Trim Castle.
We had a pleasant walk around the grounds and viewed the Keep with it’s cruciform design from outside.You can arrange tours of the keep if necessary.I can appreciate why the commanding position was used as a set for the film Braveheart.There is a tranquil walk along the River which starts at the castle and there are well marked signs.
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Tranquil and pastoral vistas abounded during our stroll along the river pathways. Tremendous panoramas of the famous castle are to be viewed across the river. It juxtaposed with the spire of St Patrick's Church reminded us of the coexistence and mutual support of the secular and religious powers in the past.
A number of items of interest we saw along the way included a formidable cannon, an ignominious punishment device, the stocks, and a grand example of our National symbol, the harp.
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There are so many delightful decorative features to gaze at and admire. The initial scene of the facade with the grand spire is wonderful in its placement.
A grand nave bordered with fine coluumns and arches is awe inspiring. The richness of the dark wooden pews is stunningly mirrored in the exceptional ceiling. Reaching the high altar is to see a highly decorative design.
A delightful pulpit with a short stairway to reach it is lovely. Confessionals are available, and their wood carvings are exquisite. Statuary is plentiful, with some impressive portrayals. One shows the tenderness amid torment of Christ and his mother.
Stained glass windows and features are another highly attractive aspect. One shows St Oliver Plunkett kneeling and praying for the souls.
The vista to the rear is marvellous. Its apogee is the magnificent organ in the appropriately elevated position.
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It is fascinating to imagine the Abbey in full glory before its dissolution in the 1530s by Henry VIII of England.
A history dating back to a possible founding by St Patrick has been eventful and it suffered many tribulations, including being burned on a couple of occasions. It became an Augustinian centre most likely in the 1100s.
An extant ruin of the bell tower looks marvellous from all viewpoints. The scene is particularly splendid on a clear sunny day, against a backdrop of vivid azure sky.
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Beautiful Old Cathedral Ruin set on the banks of the Boyne about a ten minute walk from Trim by road or 15 minutes along the Riverside walkway.
It is adjacent to Newtown Church with the famed tomb of the Jealous Man and Woman.
It is mostly ruined but walls and a gable remain. The site has been nicely spruced up and gravelled for ease of access and names a lovely visit if you are in the Trim area. Beautifully serene, a really lovely place.
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The Priory of St. John The Baptist is well worth a visit if you are in Trim. It is a bout a three minute journey from the town centre in the direction of Dublin beside Newtown Bridge or a 20 minute walk along the riverside walk along the Boyne from the town.
The ruins of Newtown Cathederal and the Church of St Peter and Paul are nearby too.
The priory was founded for the 'Crutched Friars' who got their name from the wooden staffs they carried which were topped by a cross. it was built at the beginning of the 13th about the same time as the Cathedral and medieval parish church. I was told locally that I should visit "the hospital" and online I read that the Friars were Augustinians who ran hospitals and guest houses.
There is a small board with information in Irish and English but no guides or ticket booth or anything like that, the place is completely free to visit.There is ample parking a few yards away in front of a lovely little pub straddling the river called Marcie Regans.
As for the ruins themselves, there is a church with a nave and chancel and a large three-light window, a long two story building as well as remnants of an enclosing wall with one corner turret. A three-story tower, a part of the defensive wall, also still stands and all are easily accessible to the visitor. You can walk around the outside to get a good idea of the size and layout and of course inside where stones and gravel has been laid to make it easier to get around.
Beautiful views of the river and the old bridge, you really should do the riverside walk to get the bes tout of what is a beautiful historical area.
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I love to call in to the ruined church at Newtown Trim, famed for its tomb of what the locals refer to as the Jealous Man and Woman. Nobody knows for sure how it got that name but what you will see are lots of rusting needles left on top of the grave slab of the man and woman holding hands.
This is because the tomb reputedly has the cure for warts. You prick a wart with a needle from the tomb and leave it there! I couldn't bring myself to do it even if I had a wart! But there you are, that's the local legend!
The tomb dates from the 1590's and is the tomb of Sir Lucas Dillon and his wife LadyJane Bathe. On the tomb you can clearly make out the lord and his lady carved as I mentioned above holding hands.
The church and tomb are about a 20 minute walk along the Boyne riverside walk which I also heartily recommend or about three minutes drive from the town centre. parking is available outside the adjacent pub.
It really is a beautiful graveyard with lovely views of the Boyne and its flood plain and the Cathedral and church ruins at Newtown are one of the nicest things to visit in Trim.
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Had a wonderful time with the brewers from Brú brewery in the brewery. Was great to meet them and be entertained by them and their stories about business/brewing. Funny guys! To top it off, plenty of great beer to drink and we eventually left singing songs! 12 out of 10!!
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As we strolled along St Loman's Street the imposing facade and tower of the fine Cathedral church appeared. It looked wonderfully atmospheric against the clear blue sky.
The current construct originates from the early 1800s and replaces a late medieval edifice, which in turn superseded an even earlier one. So it has a lenghthy and holy backstory.
The stonework is admirable as are the grand stained glass windows. Around it is a little cemetery where locals, well known and less public, are in their final resting place.
A further interesting feature is the exceptional clock on the tower, a product of Donegan clock makers in Dublin city centre. The brothers John and Patrick were one of country's most accomplished and famous clock makers of the 19th century.
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While visiting this pleasant country town we were not expecting to find such a towering monument to Wellington. But on learning that he was born in Dublin and received his early education in Trim its presence made more sense.
Erected two years after his famous victory over Napoleon it shows the Duke in military garb with right arm outstretched. It has been speculated that the raised arm is either in triumph or greeting.
It dominates the surrounding area and makes a grand sight against the blue sky. The chained off plinth is well kept and flower boxes on the railing render it an attractive scene.
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