Kryall Castle was really disappointing. As a history buff I was really looking forward to a hands on medieval experience.
The place looks tired and run down. The day we visited, I counted 12 other visitors and saw maybe 6 staff, three of whom were only there to do some displays on the jousting ground.
Lots of areas were not accessible, eg. the maze was closed and there was only one shop open which was selling tacky chinese made plastic swords and fairy dresses!
This is a golden opportunity lost......have shops open selling pottery, hand forged metal ware, candles, preserves. Have a demonstration of butter and cheese making, an outside furnace cooking bread, a pig or lamb on the spit, an apothecary selling handmade soaps and herbal remedies.Let the kids roam in a farmyard atmosphere with sheep, chickens and goats.
What about a dress shop with handmade medieval clothes?
The place was sad and dead. Until I hear about improvements I will give it a miss next time we go through Ballarat.
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