In the small town of Trim
there is the finest and best preserved Norman castle of Europe. Already
from far away one can see the bell-tower of the St. Mary's church on the
opposite site of the Boyne-river. The castle was chosen by Mel Gibson
for filming the movie "Braveheart".
It is a great example for
Norman architecture with very advanced techniques which are still in use
The Athlumney Castle is
situated in the centre of Navan and it is from XVI century. Now
surrounded by houses and gardens it was once of the Dowdall family. When
king James II lost his battle at the Boyne-river against Henry of
Orange-Nassau the owner of the castle set it on fire because he didn't
want the enemy to take it over. He was watching it burning from the
other side of the river before leaving for Italy.
The Dunmoe Castle was built in
the XVI century and is situated on a panoramic hill over the banks of
the Boyne-river north of Navan. On the other side of the river one can
see the Ardmulchan House, a private brick-stone mansion with a long
scale down to the river.
In the small village of Dunsany
between Kilmessan and Dunshaughlin there is the castle of the
Dunsany family. This family has as a famous ancestor the Irish
archbishop Oliver Plunkett who was killed 1681 by Henry VIII at London.
The castle can be visited in summer between June and August but Lady Dunsany
who is doing the guiding tours personally is not very pleased to do so
because it's bringing much trouble in a private life. The castle has a
beautiful park to visit,
Conyngham has his private residence here in. The castle exist since 1785
but the lord the castle is known in the world by its rock concerts every
two years. Groups like the Rolling Stones, U2 and others had their
concerts here in front of thousands of fans. In 1991 a big part of the
castle was gone in a fire and was restored with funds of charity because
the lord didn't have an assurance.
to July the castle is open to the public.