So, for those of you who are not familiar with Trim Castle, it was actually a double for York Castle in Braveheart. It was hard to really visualize where the scenes took place, but the Castle Tour Guide pointed out the areas that were used, and then when we returned home we watched the movie. It is the remains of Ireland's largest Anglo-Norman castle and was built in in three stages, beginning in 1174 and completed in 1204. To stand in a castle from the 12th century is completely mind blowing. It is very frustrating in my mind, because I SO want to be able to visually see what it was like back then in person. When I say that, I don't mean I want to live back then...I just want a glimpse. It was very hard to live in those days. Bathing was very scarce, and they would hang their clothes in an area where the fumes from (pardon my bluntness) their poop would get the bugs out of their clothes and prevent future bugs. Yes, this is what the Royal people would do....it was not all fine linens and beautiful clothes....it was dirty. But, nevertheless, it was an amazing castle with the most beautiful views of the surrounding countryside land. The greens are SOOO green in Ireland.
This was our awesome bus driver, Don, with Paddy Wagon!
Notice how bundled up I was? It was cold...don't be fooled by the guy in shorts. ha!
The views from the Castle were breathtaking!
They built the bridges so that we could experience what it was like on each level nowadays.
Remember in Braveheart, when the King throws the Prince's lover out the window? Yep, this was the room it was filmed in. The window looks different in the movie...it is much narrower.
That is Trim Castle! It was amazing and I hope to visit again in the future. I don't see how anyone could get tired of the history and scenery of the countryside. Stay tuned for more photos and stories. I am having fun reliving it, even after being their 2 weeks ago!