Trim Castle, one of the top 100 places in the world to visit

Trim Castle named as one of the top 100 places in the world to visit and change a child’s life.  The National Geographic Society places our castle in a list which includes The Grand Canyon, The Galapagos Islands, Big Sur in California, New York and London.

Trim has the largest castle in Ireland and the Black Friary site attracts student archaeologists from all over the world  to excavate on the grounds and help run summer camps ( ).  The dig is the cornerstone of the national and internationally recognised multi award winning Blackfriary Community Heritage and Archaeology Project.  According to the renowned National Geographic magazine, digging for medieval tools in the fields around an abandoned friary is one of many unique things on offer to visitors to Trim.

Commenting on the list Keith Bellows, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine and author of National Geographic’s 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life, said travel can introduce kids to the world’s real-life wonders.

And what’s truly impressive about Trim, according to Bellows, is its abundance of historical sites.

There is a kid’s way of seeing the world……. How could medieval warriors run in chain mail armor? How heavy is a stone ax?  Head to the ruins of the Dominican Black Friary, a short distance from Trim Castle in the town of Trim, Ireland and this is where you will find out the answers.

“Visitors can get a crash course in excavation and start digging and recording their findings side-by-side with archaeologists and geologists. Younger children get to play at a camp, where they get to pick up heavy stone axes and run in chain mail.”