We took the tour of Dublin Castle. The guided tour is the only way to get in to see the inside, the group was small, only 6 or 7 of us, and the tour guide was good. She is the resident medievalist. The Castle started out as a fortress, a couple of the towers of the original castle remain, and later housed the residence of the heads of state. At one point an Anglican church was built, in grand gothic revival style, on a petite scale. A rather impressive building. After about 10 minutes of talking about the space, it's history, and what it has been used for over the past 200-300 years the tour guide said, "but I have to admit there is something very fake here, can anyone guess what it is?" Beyond her hair color, I didn't have a clue until she said, "knock on one of the columns, go ahead give it a rap." The structure is made of wood. Why? There was stream running across the space, that was effectively buried in a tunnel under the building site. A traditional stone structure would have been to heavy, and it was feared would collapse into the stream. So the structure was done in wood, carved, plastered, and painted to look like stone.
Do you like guided tours?