The conference will be held in the Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath (see map). For details on how to get there, click here. The hotel is offering preferential rates for conference delegates – for more information see the accommodation page.
A renowned Heritage Town, Trim is situated on the banks of the iconic Boyne River, and on the edge of the renowned Boyne River Valley, and the west of the UNESCO Boyne River Valley heritage site.
The town preserves its medieval street pattern and is abundant in medieval heritage and buildings to match. The most impressive of these is Trim Castle, Ireland’s largest Anglo Norman castle. Trim Castle was founded by Hugh de Lacy. Construction began in 1172 but the central tower, the keep, was not completed until the 1220s. In recent years, this splendid castle has undergone extensive conservation work and is now open to the public for the first time in decades.
Across the river from the castle are the 15th-century ruins of Talbot Castle, and the 12th-century Augustinian Abbey of St Mary’s. A short distance down river in Newtown Trim, the ruins of St. John’s Priory survive on the river banks.