Get a taste of Medieval Life at Dundonald Castle this weekend
24 May 2011
Dundonald Castle is hosting a two-day event this weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May, from 12:00 noon until 4:00pm, where the Historic Saltire Society will enact members of the Stewart dynasty in the late 13th century as they go about rebuilding the castle from the smouldering remains left after its deliberate burning.
Authentic military and civilian camps will be open throughout the afternoon and there will also be the opportunity to meet the master craftsman as he discusses his plans for a new castle. Visitors will be also be able to enjoy the experience of medieval life, interacting with members of the King’s court and master craftsmen as they embark on this ambitious enterprise.
Stephen Duncan, Historic Scotland’s Director of Commercial and Tourism said: “This will be a great weekend with an opportunity to learn all about medieval life ranging from the planning of a medieval feast, watching a knight get dressed for battle, learn about his weapons of choice and discover what life in a castle was like for a lady.”
Admission for the event is £3.50 for adults, £3.00 for concessions and £1.50 for children. Admission is free for Historic Scotland members.
In the late 13th century, Dundonald Castle lay in smoking ruins as a result of retribution and retaliation. In 1371 King Robert 11 rebuilt the castle as a fortified tower house which would be used by the powerful Stewart dynasty for the next one hundred and fifty years.
Notes for editors
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.