On my trip to England last year, I visited Caernarfon Castle in Wales. It was built between 1283 and 1323 and cost between £20,000 and £25,000. Edward I was king at the time. The castle was never completely finished, but from the outside, it looked to be that way.
What I find fascinating about these castles are the arrowslits and, what I just learned they had, murder holes. Arrow slits are the cross-like openings around the castle that they would use to attack their enemies. By shooting through them, the enemies didn’t see it coming. Murder holes are holes in the ceiling of a castle gateway that they would use to fire objects or pour substances down on the enemies. They would use things like arrows, rocks, boiling water, or tar.
After our visit, we ate fish and chips at a restaurant right outside the castle! Such an awesome experience. It was so cool to explore a castle for the first time; walk up the many stairs of the towers; and see the beauty of the surrounding land from the top. I’ll definitely be wandering around more castles in the future.