I decide to visit Carlisle Castle and am just in time for one of the daily guided tours.
The tour guide is quite good, and I learn more than I ever wanted to about a number of things, including what a medieval toilet was like. Let’s just say that you wouldn't want to go swimming in the moat in those days. The guide also gets into talking about peoples’ personal hygiene. Baths were not popular. He quotes Queen Victoria, who said, "I bathe four times a year, and that is quite enough."
The guide takes us to other buildings within the Inner Bailey, including the Captain’s Tower, a typical 12th-century structure with heavy wooden doors, a portcullis, and the gruesome "murder holes." ...Read More