Irish Castles

The sheer amount of history that has taken place in the Boyne Valley is astonishing. This area has played a huge role in Ireland as we see it today. As such there are many things to see in the region, none less so than the Irish Castles located in the Boyne Valley. There are two castles located here from different points in time which have seen major events happen throughout history.

Trim Castle has stood since the 12th century and is the best preserved Anglo Norman castle in existence. It was once the centre of Norman administration under the reign of King Henry II of England. The castle has changed hands throughout its existence and continually grew in size and stature. Its impressive walls and fortifications are a sight to behold from its strategic position on raised ground. The castle draws fame from the modern era as it was used in the filming of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.

Slane Castle dates much closer to our time as it was constructed in the 18th century. The castle has been home to the Conyngham family since its construction. On the grounds of the castle visitors will find more historical sites such as a ruined chapel and an ancient well. The architecture is one of the most impressive parts of this attraction as it towers over the surrounding lands. In recent times the castle grounds have been used to host rock concerts for as many as 80,000 people for bands such as U2, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many more.