On Wednesday we drove 20 miles north to Carrickfergus where we toured a castle that was over 800 years old. The castle's history was steeped in many battles by the Scots, Irish, English, and French. It also served as an air raid shelter for the townspeople of Carrickfergus during WW II.
The Gatehouse where you could easily be attacked and trapped if you were a foe. You could have slops or hot tar poured from an opening above the portcullis.
Soldiers defending the castle against the French in 1760!
Inside the Banquet Hall. The gold boat was filled with salt and a status symbol. The more salt the richer you were.