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Trim Visitor Centre

Trim get its name from the Irish Áth Truim, meaning ‘The Ford of the Elder Trees’, indicating that this was an important fording point on the River Boyne. Such was the significance of this crossing point that by the fifth century a chieftain’s dún (fort) and an early monastery were sited here.


Trim is situated on the banks of the River Boyne in an area of fertile plains. The town developed around Trim Castle, straddling the river to the north and west of the castle. In the 13th century the town was enclosed within a circuit of stone walls. Augustinian (1202), Franciscan (1260), and Dominican (1263) friaries were established, indicating the growing prosperity of the town. In the later medieval period Trim became an increasingly exposed frontier, standing between the hostile worlds of the Anglo-Normans and the Gaelic Irish.


Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland


The Trim Visitor Centre offers the visitor an exciting 'Power and Glory' audio visual show detailing the historical background of the magnificent medieval ruins of Trim, in County Meath. There is also a small gift shop at the Centre offering an array of prints, books and pop in your bag gifts. Once you are done shopping the Ramparts coffee shop serves mouth watering home made soup, bread and desserts.



The Power and the Glory- Multimedia exhibition
This is an exciting multimedia exhibition which paints a vivid picture of the historical background of the magnificent medieval ruins of Trim.


The exhibition portrays the pinnacle of Trim's glorious past coincided with the early period of Norman power in Ireland. It demonstrates how the ruins of  Trim castle and the surrounding abbeys act as a testament to the great bygone era in Royal County Meath. Chroniclers, knights and kings emerge through the mists of time to recount the tale of the coming of the Normans to Trim, and of their astonishing influence which revolutionised Irish towns, farms and government.


The exhibition is available in English, French, German & Italian and is suitable for all ages.

A visit requires 45 minutes approximately. Audio Visual shows start on the hour and half hour from 10am every day.


Admission: Adult: 3.20; OAP:   2.20; Student 1.90; Child  1.50


Group rate: Adult: 2.20; OAP    1.90; Student 1.90; Child  1.50


Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9.30-5.30 Last AV show 4.30
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday 12.00-5.30 (seasonal) Last AV show 4.00


Address: Castle Street, Trim, Co Meath.
Email: trimvisitorcenter@eircom.net
Phone: +353 46 943 7227
Website: http://www.meathtourism.ie