Charming towns and villages of Ireland’s Ancient East

Cobh, County Cork

Ireland’s towns and villages exemplify charm, cheer and history. These are six of the best in Ireland’s Ancient East. Make them your base, and discover this region steeped in history...



Entering this picturesque Meath town, it’s kind of hard to miss Trim Castle, as it rises like a behemoth over the River Boyne. Trim town is full of friendly locals, cute cafés and has a storied Norman past, not to mention Hollywood connections. Oh yes, if the star attraction looks familiar, that’s because Mel Gibson fought for freedom using this as a backdrop during the filming of 1995’s Braveheart! And if you’re visiting in June, be sure to catch the Trim Hay Making Festival, a celebration of Ireland’s rural tradition.

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