Ireland's oldest Norman castle sits in the picturesque town of Trim, surrounded by a tranquil moat. It is here, at Trim Castle, that ancient battles were fought and won, political treaties were argued back and forth and, more recently, the film Braveheart found its filming location.The central monolith dominates the landscape – walk around the castle, explore its nooks and crannies, or glide by boat across the nearby River Boyne to take in this statuesque Norman beauty.
If you have more time
Before you head back to Dublin, stop off at Eden at Bellinter House, for traditional Irish dining at its very best. It's the perfect place to end your trip in style.