A Historical Adventure
Two incredible Irish historical landmarks an hour away from Dublin!
Hill of Tara and Trim Castle
One of the ways to fully get a grasp of a foreign culture is to learn about its past. If you’re staying in Dublin, you are in for a treat. Less than one-hour drive from the capital, there are two of the most iconic places in Irish history, both renowned for their symbolic and cultural value; the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle. Taking a trip out to this landmark on a sunny day would make a great chance to brush up on your knowledge of Irish culture.
Both the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle are located near the Boyne River, in County Meath, so they can easily be visited on the same day. The Hill of Tara (derived from the Irish; Teamhair na Rí, “Hill of the King” or “Place of Assembly”) is more than just a marvellous hill. It is said that Tara’s story is Ireland’s story. Immortalised today as an archaeological site, it has been central to Irish history starting from around 3,400 BC. This political and religious centre has witnessed some of the most important moments in history, from the mystical rituals during the Stone Age and the Iron Age to the Irish revolution of 1798, passing through the visits of Saint Patrick and the establishment of the Roman Empire.
Why Visit The Hill of Tara?
Even today, one can still feel the magical aura that surrounds this area. The further we go back in time, the more we attend history fading into mythology. It was here that the Irish kings were chosen, through the Stone of Destiny (in Gaelic: Lia Fáil), a big piece of stone that was supposed to scream in case the would-be-king was chosen to rule over the kingdom.
The Hill of Tara still plays a key role to modern-day pagans. For example on May 1st, a day associated with the Celtic festival Lá Bealtaine, marks the beginning of summer. The Hill of Tara is the site for a propitiatory ritual to celebrate this Celtic tradition. If you are lucky enough to go on a sunny day, you can also enjoy a breath-taking view that extends for miles.
Still Hungry for Some History?
Only a twenty-minute drive separates you from one of the most interesting and fascinating monuments in Ireland, Trim Castle. This record-breaking castle is the biggest Norman castle and the first stone castle ever built in the country. Dating back to the 12th century, its purpose was to withstand attack, with the luscious emerald grass stained red with the blood of all that dared to conquer the land.
Why Visit Trim Castle?
This immaculately preserved castle exhibits an uncommon beauty. The castle boasts a humungous three-storied keep and impressive twenty-sided tower. Further examples of its beauty can be found in the curtain walled castle, located on the banks of the Boyne River and, in the surrounding area, you can also find other interesting ruins such as St Augustine’s Priory.
Some Interesting Trivia:
- The iconic Mel Gibson film Braveheart was shot on location in Trim Castle.
- Trim Castle is also known as King John’s castle – allegedly, the King John of Robin Hood fame.
Whether you want to have a chance at becoming the new King of Ireland, walk through some of the fundamental places in Irish history or simply enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside, we warmly welcome you to visit the Hills of Tara and Trim Castle.