Trim, Ireland in Photos

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photo by Pete Heck

Upon arriving in Ireland we had done very little research as to what the country had to offer. Sure, we knew that there were some castles, famous cliffs and a stone we were supposed to kiss. But we had no idea what craic was, how narrow the roads would be, and we knew of few towns other than Dublin and Galway. We especially had not heard of Trim, Ireland.

Trim is a small town west of Dublin with some big history. It is thought to have been founded in between the 5th and 6th century by St. Patrick and is hometown to such noteable peeps as Jonathan Swift and the Duke of Wellington.  We were immediately won over by it’s colorful buildings and antiquated style.

Street View in Trim

Trim, Ireland Flowers on a Bridge

Trim Yellow Door

The town is most noted for its castle – known as both Trim Castle and King John’s Castle. Constructed in the 12th century after the Norman invasion of Ireland, it is Western Europe’s largest Norman castle . The castle was used in the production of the film “Braveheart” and many pubs in town have pictures of the filming experience, reminding you of their fame.

Trim Castle

Trim Castle Grounds

The Fortress at Trim Castle

Trim Iron Cross

The Yellow Steeple is the remaining bell tower of St. Mary’s abbey and is the tallest structure in town. It’s named is derived from the way sunrises and sunsets glow upon it.

The Yellow Steeple at Trim, Ireland

Just a little ways down the River Boyne is Newton Abbey, one of Ireland’s largest. The cemetery is still used by the town.

Newton Abbey Trim, Ireland

St. Patrick’s Church lies in ruins within the town. It is believed to be oldest Anglican church in Ireland. A magnificent cathedral has been built since to replace it.

St. Patrick's Church - Trim

The original St. Patrick’s Church

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The new St. Patrick’s Cathedral

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  1. Living vicariously through your trip right now as I prepare for my own trip to Ireland/U.K. next summer! How can you not love Trim?! I mean for the castle alone..Braveheart…Braveheart. I was a total nerd when I spent the day at Trim. Just a quaint town to. Some great pubs and a nice walking city.

  2. What a beautiful place to explore! Trim has so many old buildings and ruins. This is Ireland – love the church and castle photos.

    1. Trim is really close to where we live, and we are surrounded with a lot of lesser known ruins and castles – Fore, Loughcrew, etc. we’ve had a lot of fun exploring!

  3. Aren’t you getting a bit sick of ruins and old churches by now?

    Haha – KIDDING! =)

    Gorgeous photos – I love that yellow door. I love the combination of quaint towns with so many colourful buildings and all the gray historical sites. Such an awesome contrast!

  4. So pretty!! When I was in Ireland I was only there for 3 days and didn’t get to see enough! All of the shades of green are so pretty! πŸ™‚

  5. One thing I love about England is how even small, relatively unimportant towns can have such gorgeous old buildings and history. Looks like the same is true of Ireland.

    1. I’m excited to explore all of the UK for that reason as well. We just love all the small towns here, they have so much charm and history to them!

  6. such gorgeous shots, such pretty colors!

    You did the clue photoshoot, I think you’re missing your change for some braveheart poses here

  7. Brilliant picturesof my locality! Especially like the color and points of view used in all the shots.

    Just to correct text and photos – sorry if anyone is annoyed. The Church of Ireland (Anglican)cathedral in Trim is shown as the picture
    ‘The original St. Patrick’s Church’. The current cathedral was built in 1803, replacing a structure dating back to the 15th century. A ruined section predates this with first construction attributed to St Loman in the 5th century.

    ‘The new St. Patrick’s Cathedral’ picture is actually a Roman Catholic church built in between 1890-1905.

    Sorry again for correction.

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