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"Trim, County Meath, Ireland" Trim by happyhourkid

Trim Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 106 photos

Baile Atha Troim

The beautiful and historical town of Trim-possibly my favorite place in all of Ireland. No matter when or how many times I return to Ireland, I always make sure to save a day or two for Trim. Oh how I love Trim :) (Mind out of the gutter, please.)

Deep in history and offering all a traveler needs despite it's small town setting, I have always been very surprised that there aren't more VTers giving the praise to Trim like I am about to give right now.

Located only 40 minutes to the west of Dublin, Trim lies dissected by the River Boyne in County Meath-surrounded by green pastures, sleepy farming communities, and tons of history. It is more widely known as the filming location of the Academy Award winning film (for Best Picture and Director) 'Braveheart,' starring and directed by Mel Gibson.


The roots of Trim are traced back to the 5th century A.D. That's a long time ago. Along the way, Trim has seen many changes that have not only affected it but also the entire country if Ireland. It was one of the most prominent English settlements during the Middle Ages and it is said that if English colonialism proceeded even further that Trim may have even one day become the capital of the entire country. Famous people with ties to Trim include the 1st Duke of Wellington (born in 1669) and 'Gulliver's Travels' author Johnathan Swift.

Trim has several historical treasures, but none more impressive and attention-grabbing than Trim Castle (also called King John's Castle) and Yellow Steeple.

After all these year, finally a growing town.

Today, Medieval Trim has a population of little less than 6,000. This is many more than lived in the town even as little as 10 years ago. Since Trim has now been designated as a Heritage Site by the Irish Government, property values have increased and there has been a boom in migration as middle to upper class Dubliners have realized it is close enough to commute and while still leading a more tranquil lifestyle in the country. There now are motions to reinstate commuter train service into and out of the area and into Dublin. Regardless, Trim is fairly easily accessible via the N4 Motorway or the netword of rural routes.

There has been extensive development in Trim, which has temporarity yet unfortunately subtracted from the charm and it's old style mystique. As of January 2006, there was a huge construction crane in town that was the one drawback I could see on my last visit. It's not right to look at such an old and historical structure like Trim Castle, the Yellow Steeple, and then all of the sudden you've got this construction crane! Nevertheless, you'll definitely enjoy your visit to Trim-the perfect place with lots to see and do, and only 40 minutes outside of Dublin.

Notice this picture, where some older, more traditional homes stand they will now be joined by fresh real estate. In the background there is a condominium development, signalling a sign of the times.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A little of everything. History, scenery, fun, yet calm. And only 28 miles from Dublin
  • Cons:Recent development takes away slightly from the overall experience of this being a perfect small Irish town.
  • Last visit to Trim: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 10, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Please see your namesake pub in Burlington,Ontario,Canada.I hope we do the name proud. Cheers,Kevin.www.

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    Sep 10, 2006 at 10:30 AM

    Hello there Chris, I've just had the chance to go through your trim pg thank you for the tips.... Love the castle pic's......Donna

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2006 at 5:37 PM

    Thanks for the tip. Tough to find time to post, isn't it? But this is nice stuff!

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