Castles and Manor Houses Home Page

Haunted Castles
Type: Best England Sorted by Name

submit to reddit

Ghost sightings have been reported in many castles and manor houses. Few old castles do not boast the shade of a jilted lover tumbling from the battlements, a ghostly White Lady, a demonic Monk who vanishes if challenged, a poltergeist, a headless phantom, a spectral coach and horses or disembodied wailing. An especially common theme is that of a victim walled up alive within the castle, whose ghost haunts the castle for centuries afterwards, until the victim's body is found and properly buried. Some stories tend to be regional - spectral pipers on the ramparts of Scottish castles or demonic Black Dogs known as Shucks in the South of England.

Stories of supernatural omens are attached to many castles and the families that own them, generally warning of a forthcoming death in the family, sometimes specifically the lord, chatelain or clan chief. The omen typically takes the form of an unusual animal such as a white deer, a white owl, or a white fox.

In Scotland over a dozen castles claim the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots. In England several castles claim royal ghosts including the Tower of London, Windsor Castle and Berkeley Castle. Many of the best stories have an historical events underpinning them: often an execution or a murder, with supporting detail such as names and dates. There are also a smaller number of reported supernatural creatures that inhabit castles: fairies, banshees and goblins; giants and vampires, and elemental sprites. There are also a large number of ancient legends and curses associated with castles.

On the right you can select ghost hauntings associated with castles in particular countries, or those of a particular type (ghosts, omens, poltergeists, legends, etc). You can also select the best ghost hauntings selected by the webmaster.

These are all well-known and widely reported supernatural visitations. The webmaster (a rationalist) does not warrant the factual accuracy of any of them.

select Country   
Country
sort by   
Castle Name
sort by   
Haunting Type
sort by   
Ghost Name
Castle Acton      Penzance, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Sound of Bell      
A priest staying in the castle reported hearing the buzzing of a bell that woke him up several times during the night. The priest had spent the night in the former maid's room. A lady of the castle had had an electric buzzer connected to her maid's room should she require assistance, though it had was removed when she had died.


Alnwick Castle      Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Vampire, Vampire      
A one time lord of the castle became a vampire and frequented the castle in the twelfth century. (an event recorded by the Chronicler William of Newburgh). The vampire "lived" underneath the castle and would emerge at night to attack the local villagers. An outbreak of the Black Death was attributed to the vampire, which resulted in the villagers digging him up and burning him.


Appuldurcombe House      Wroxall, Isle of Wight, England
Ghost Haunting, Multiple Phantoms      
The house is well known as one of the most haunted places on the island, with frequent tales and claimed sightings of ghosts. These include a phantom carriage parked outside the house, brown-clad monks, dark shapes roaming the grounds, babies cry and unseen hands leaf through pages of the visitor's book.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Girl in White      
The ghost of a young woman dressed in white is seen wandering around Hiornes tower on moonlit nights (the tower located behind the castle in Arundel Park designed in the 18th century by the architect Francis Hiorne). It is thought that the young woman committed suicide, throwing herself from the tower after the loss of her true love. She appears on moonlit nights and often seen by the groundkeepers.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Omen, Small White Bird      
A ghostly small white bird is seen fluttering around the windows of the castle before the death of a resident of the castle and its appearance is regarded as an omen that tragedy will strike someone connected to the castle.


Arundel Castle      Arundel, Sussex, England
Poltergeist, Poltergeist      
Equipment has been heard in use in the castle kitchens, though always empty on investigation,


Astley Castle      Astley, Warwickshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Duke of Suffolk      
Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk was the father of Lady Jane Grey. Bloody Mary had him beheaded on 23 February 1554, after his conviction for high treason for his part in Sir Thomas Wyatt's attempt to overthrow her after she announced her intention to marry Philip II of Spain. Henry's headless ghost now haunts this castle. His severed head was discovered in a vault in London's Holy Trinity church perfectly preserved by oak sawdust from the scaffold on which he had been executed, 297 years earlier.


Bamburgh Castle      Bamburgh, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Pink      
A 'Pink Lady' haunts the castle. In life she was a Northumbrian Princess who wanted to marry her true love, but he was beneath her station. Her father sent her lover overseas and after a period of time, he told her that her lover had married someone else and that she should forget all about him. To cheer her up in her obvious melancholy, the King had a beautiful pink dress made for her. When it was completed, she put on the garment, then climbed on to the highest battlements and threw herself to her death on the rocks below. The princess returns to the Castle every seven years in her pink dress, wondering around then making her way down the rocky path to the beach, where she stands and watches, waiting for her lover to return.


Berkeley Castle      Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England
Ghost Haunting, Edward II's Disembodied Scream      21 September
Berkeley Castle is the castle in which Edward II was confined in 1327 AD after he was deposed by his wife Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer. Confinement in the dungeons with their terrible conditions and disease failed to provoke the death of the King. They decided to depose of the King and Edward II was suffered probably the most horrific death of any British king in history. He was pinned down on a table and a funnel inserted into his rectum. Through it a red-hot poker was pushed into his bowels. The room where this murder took place can still be visied by visitors to the castle. Edward II died in such terrible agony that it has been said for many centuries that his screams can be heard miles from the castle on the anniversary of his death.


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
A Blue Lady haunts the castle. She is the ghost of a young woman who became pregnant by her own father. When the baby was born, she smothered it causing her ghost forever doomed to wander in painful regret. The child has also been heard crying and screaming in the castle


Berry Pomeroy Castle      Berry Pomeroy , Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Margaret de Pomeroy      
Eleanor de Pomeroy in a cruel act of spite, imprisoned and starved her sister Margaret to death because they both fell in love with the same man. She was killed beneath the 15th century now called Margaret's tower, reached by a winding stone staircase, in a dark castle dungeon. Margaret's ghostly form appears in the depths of the tower and many have said that they have felt her presence in the stairway leading to her former cell.


Betchworth Castle      Betchworth, Surrey, England
Ghost Haunting, Lord Hope      
While chasing an escaping prisoner, Lord Hope killed a man, thinking he was the escaped prisoner. He later discovered it was his son. The ghost of Lord Hope now walks the castle in regret.


Blanchminster Castle (now ruins)      Stratton, Cornwall, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Ranulph      
When this knight returned from the crusades he discovered his wife had thought him dead, and remarried. He spent his remaining days living rough in the land around the castle, and his ghost can be seen in the former moat.


Bramber Castle      Steyning, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Four Siblings      
Bramber Castle was, in the reign of King John, owned by William de Braose whose opulent lifestyle made him the envy of his monarch. He was to incur the King's displeasure in the events leading up to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215 AD. The King decided to make an example of Braose and ordered him to give up his four young children to be hostages of the King ensuring their father's future good behaviour. When John's demand was refused, John sent an army to Bramber with instructions to take the children by force. Braose learned of the plan and fled to Ireland with his family. They were later captured, returned to England and imprisoned at Windsor Castle where the John had the four children starved to death as a warning to other barons. They died at Windsor Castle, but it is to the ruin of Bramber Castle that the spectres of the murdered children return at Christmas when they are seen begging for food.


Bramber Castle      Steyning, Sussex, England
Ghost Haunting, Maude of Ditching      
Laid up with gout one Christmas, Lord Hubert de Hurst invited young William de Lindfield to the castle to come and cheer him up. Lord Hubert discovered his young wife, Maud of Ditchling, and William embracing in the garden. Lord Hubert, seething with jealousy, devised a plan to entomb William in a dungeon in the depths of the castle. Many years later after the castle was attacked during the Civil War, a skeleton was discovered in a corner, head upon hands, elbows resting on the knees - presumably the mortal remains of William de Lindfield. Maude of Ditchling's ghostly screams can be heard in the ruins.


Bransil Castle      Bransil, Herefordshire, England
Legend, Demon Bird      
A large black bird protects a pile of hidden gold within the castle grounds. The hoard cannot be moved except by a treasure hunter.in possession of the bones of Lord Beauchamp, former owner of the gold.


Brougham Hall      Penrith, Cumbria, England
Legend, Wailing Skull      
A skull is walled up somewhere in the walls of the hall. Its spectral screams can be heard wailing on dark nights. It is said that great evil will befal the hall if the skull were ever removed from the Hall.


Brownsea Castle      Brownsea Island, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Mary Bonham Christie      
A photograph taken from a window in the castle showed a human face when the film was developed. It was identified as Mary Bonham Christie. She had bought the island in the 1920s, but when she grew too old to live in the castle her family forced her to move away. She died the day she was relocated.


Cadbury Castle      Cadbury , Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, King Arthur      20 June
Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons takes this route back to Camelot (at Cadbury) on this day in June each year. Legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.


Caister Castle      Caister-On-Sea, Norfolk, England
Omen, Coach˙      
A horse drawn hearse driven by a headless horseman passes through the gates of the castle and circles the courtyard seven times to warn of the encroaching death of a family member.


Callaly Castle      Callaly, Northumberland, England
Legend, Warning Voice      
During the castle's construction on its original site, the stones kept collapsings. A disembodied voice announced that it should be built elsewhere, The voice was heeded and the castle building work went ahead without difficulty.


Cawood Castle, grounds of      Cawood , Yorkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Pregnant Woman      
William Barwick murdered his pregnant wife and hid her body in a nearby pond. The following day Easter Tuesday, 1690 a witness saw the ghost of Mrs Barwick pointing to the pond that concealed her corpse. He reported what he had seen to the authorities, and William was arrested soon afterwards. The ghost of his wife still haunts the castle.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Mary Berkeley      
Broken hearted after her husband ran off with her own sister, Lady Henrietta Berkeley (a great scandal during the reign of King Charles II), Mary slowly pined away in the castle. Her ghost sometimes brushes past tourists in the tower.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Blue Boy      
The 'Blue Boy' or the 'Radiant Boy' can be sighted in the Pink Room, part of the private apartments of the owners. This ghostly young boy is dressed in blue and surrounded by the light. He is dressed in the style from the period of King Charles II. During the 1920s, restoration work caused a wall to be opened and inside the bones of a young boy were found among with scraps of blue cloth. The bones were taken away and given a Christian burial in a nearby churchyard and apparently the Blue Boy stopped appearing after that although people still see unusual flashes of blue light in the room at night.


Chillingham Castle      Chillingham, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The Tankerville's family silver was always stored is an inner pantry at Chillingham. As it was valuable, a servant always slept there to guard it. After retiring to bed one evening, the servant was confronted by a very pale lady in white who asked him for a drink of water. Thinking she must be a guest of the castle, he turned to go get a drink for her. When he turned back, she had disappeared. He suddenly realised that as he was locked in the inner pantry, no one could possibly have entered.


Corby Castle      Corby, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Radiant Boy      
This luminous apparition appears often in the form of a beautiful looking boy clothed in white with shining golden hair. Tradition holds that whoever beholds the ghost of the 'Radiant Boy' will find great fame and fortune but will then suffer a violent death. The room in which this Radiant Boy generally appears is known as the 'ghost room'. Although the ghost has been seen by members of the Howard family on many occasions, it is sometimes seen by others and the most quoted description of a sighting is that of the Rev Henry Redburgh, rector of Greystoke: ?Soon after we went to bed, we fell asleep; it might be between one and two in the morning when I awoke. I observed that the fire was totally extinguished; but, although that was the case, and we had no light, I saw a glimmer in the centre of the room, which suddenly increased to a bright flame. I looked out, apprehending that something had caught fire, when, to my amazement, I beheld a beautiful boy, clothed in white, with bright locks resembling gold, standing by my bedside, in which position he remained some minutes, fixing his eyes upon me with a mild and benevolent expression. He then glided gently towards the side of the chimney, where it is obvious there is no possible egress, and entirely disappeared. I found myself again in total darkness, and all remained quiet until the usual hour of rising. I declare this to be a true account of what I saw at Corby Castle, upon my word as a clergyman.?


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Woman      
The terrifying ghost of the headless woman walks the hill near the castle gateway. The same ghost might be responsible for the lights that flit across the ruins at night, or they could be caused by the ghosts of Royalists who occupied the castle in 1643. The sound of a galloping phantom horse can be heard at the bottom castle hill.


Corfe Castle      Corfe, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
At the time of English Civil War, the castle was defended by Lady Bankes until in February 1646 she was betrayed by one of her own men. When Cromwell's Parliamentary soldiers took control, they reduced the castle very quickly to the ruin that we see today. A few years later stories began to circulate of ghostly occurrences. The best-known spectral appearance is that of the headless 'White Lady' who sends shivers down the spine of anyone who chances upon her. She then fades away.


Dacre Castle       Dacre, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Eloise and her Tutor      
In the 15th century, Sir Guy Dacre, a young heir to the Castle fell in love with Eloise, the daughter of a French nobleman. She rebuffed his advances so he enlisted the help of his Italian tutor to help him win her. The tutor began an affair with Eloise while he was away fighting in Scotland. When he returned and she agreed to marry him, he was still unaware of this affair. Sir Guy once again left to fight in Scotland, and entrusted the castle to his loyal friend Lyulph who soon learned of the deception. The lovers left the castle and moved to York and Lyulph told Sir Guy the full story. Sir Guy set off in pursuit and brought Eloise back to his castle where he locked her in a dungeon. She turned to see her lover chained to the wall. When she tried to kiss him, his head rolled from his shoulders to the ground. Sir Guy's loyal friend had captured him and executed him. Eloise was kept captive in the cell and eventually went mad. She was kept there until she died beside the rotting corpse of her lover. The ghost of Eloise and her tutor haunt Dacre Castle to this day.


Dacre Castle       Dacre, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Three Kings      
The site of Dacre Castle was the meeting place of three kings in ancient times. They met to arrange a peace treaty with the Vikings. Their regretful ghosts make an appearance at the castle to this day.


Dagworth Castle      Dagworth, Suffolk, England
Fairies, Malekin      
Malekin a fairy child, possibly a fairy's changeling, frequented the castle. It could be heard crying out 'Play again, play again!', but was never seen until it befriended a servant girl. Malekin appeared once to the girl, who tried to touch her, at which Malekin disppeared and has not been seen or heard since


Dobb Park Castle      Weston, Yorkshire, England
Legend, Cerberus      
This three headed hound stands guard over a hoard of treasure hidden somewhere under the castle


Castle Dore      Pridmouth, Cornwall, England
Legend, Holy Grail      
According to Arthurian legend the Grail was once housed at this hillfort.


Dover Castle      Dover, Kent, England
Legend, Sir Gawain      
The Arthurian hero Sir Gawain is buried here according to tradition


Dunstanburgh Castle      Embleton, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Guy      
Sir Guy sought shelter at Dunstanburgh castle only to be confronted by a hideous creature dressed in white, inviting him to follow the creature to be rewarded by a 'beauty bright'. Sir Guy followed the figure up a winding staircase and into a room containing hundreds sleeping knights with their horses. In the centre of the room was a sparkling casket in which a beautiful maiden lay sleeping. On each side of the maiden were serpents, one holding a sword the other a horn. Sir Guy was told that he could wake the Lady but he must choose either the sword or the horn as only one of them could awaken her. Sir Guy chose the horn and blew it but this only woke the sleeping knights who attacked him. He fainted and awoke near the ruins of the Gate House baffled as to what had happened. He determined to find the sleeping maiden again and he spent the rest of his life searching the castle for the room in which she had lain. He died a broken man. His ghost wanders the castle still seeking the 'beauty bright and can not be laid to rest until he finds her again.


Dunstanburgh Castle      Embleton, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Thomas Earl of Lancaster      
The castle was built by Thomas Earl of Lancaster, nephew to King Edward II. He lead a rebellion against the king. Thomas was captured and tried for treason at Pontefract Castle in 1322. He was executed on the hill north of St John's Priory. The executioner was experienced and that it took him 11 blows to sever Thomas's head with the axe. The earl's ghost now haunts the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle carrying his mutilated head.


Dunster Castle      Dunster, Somerset, England
Ghost Haunting, Richard      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a royalist soldier called Richard who met his death in the castle grounds from a puncture wound above his right eye. The most haunted room in the castle is the 'Leather Gallery' so-called because of the leather hangings there depicting the story of Antony and Cleopatra. Men's voices are heard at night, along with doors banging and footsteps.


Featherstone Castle      Featherstone, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Wedding Party      17th January
Abigail Featherstonehaugh who lived in the late 17th century. She was in love with a boy from the local Ridley family but was due to marry the son of a neighbouring Baron at the behest of her father Lord Featherstonehaugh. The entire wedding party left for a hunt following the wedding, with the exception of Baron Featherstonehaugh who was overseeing the banqueting arrangements. As the bridal party was riding through the estate, it was ambushed, presumably by the spurned lover from the Ridley family. All the wedding party were killed in the affray. As midnight passed, the Baron, sitting alone, heard the sound of horses hooves arriving outside the castle and the door opened. The ghosts of Abigail and the rest of the wedding party entered making no sound and passing straight through solid objects. The ghostly wedding party is seen again each year on the 17th of January on the anniversary of the tragedy.


Hopton Castle      Hopton, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, 28 Parliamentarian soldiers      14 March
During the Civil War Hopton Castle was one of the few castles to be held for the Parliament in the west. Sir Michael Woodhouse, with a force of about 500, laid siege to the castle which was defended by 29 Roundheads under the command of John Moore. Moore eventually agreed terms and surrendered after three weeks. The Cavaliers reneged on the agreement, and all the defenders except Moore were massacred and thrown into the moat. The ghosts of all twenty eight Parliamentarians return to haunt the castle each year.


Castle How      Cockermouth, Cumbria, England
Fairies, Fairies      
Children digging in the area unearthed a small fairy house - it later vanished, along with their digging equipment, though two small figures were observed in the area for days afterwards.


Hylton (or Hilton) Castle      Sunderland, Durham, England
Fairies, Brownie      
A little brownie caused havoc in the kitchen at night. The servants, knowing their folklore, distracted the brownie by creating a distraction until the sun came up. The light of dawn caused the brownie to disappear for ever.


Knepp Castle      West Grinstead, Sussex, England
Legend, White Doe      
A ghostly white doe seen at the castle is said to be a maiden, turned into a doe by a witch in the 1400's.


Lambton Castle      Fatfield, Durham, England
Legend, The Lambton worm      
The Lambton worm, (a dragon), took up residence on Worm Hill and terrorised the local area. On returning from the crusades, a young member of the Lambton family fought the creature and defeated it by wearing spiked armour that impaled the dragon as it wrapped itself around him.


Leeds Castle      Maidstone, Kent, England
Omen, Shuck      
A Shuck (a Black Dog) appears as an omen of death, but this shuck once saved the life of a woman. She was sitting in a bay window when she saw it, and jumped away. Within seconds the wall with the window collapsed into the moat.


Leeds Castle      Maidstone, Kent, England
Omen, Shuck      
Prior to a death or grave misfortune the shuck (a black dog) apprears. This shuck is an ill omen only for those live at the castle.


Lowther Castle      Lowther, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Wicked Jimmy      
The castle is said to be haunted by a previous owner, Sir James Lowther, or 'Wicked Jimmy'. Sir James inherited the estate in 1784 and entered into an arranged marriage. Unhappy with his bride he fell in love with the beautiful daughter of one of his tenant farmers who became his mistress. They were happy for a while but then the girl fell ill and died. Sir James was desolate. He became unhinged and would not allow his servants to say that she was dead. He left her body lying in bed as if sleeping. He would dress her himself and seat her at the dining table. When the stench of rotting flesh became too much, he had her moved to a nearby hall and had her placed in a glass lidded coffin so that he could visit her. Eventually he had her buried at Paddington Cemetery in London. Sir James returned to Lowther where he fell into a deep depression. It is said that his coffin swayed over the open grave at his funeral, a knocking noise coming from inside. Sir James' ghost appears when the moon is full on the anniversary of his burial. He takes the form of 'Wicked Jimmy' seated on a carriage riding maniacally through the parkland, whipping the ungroomed horses into a frenzy.


Ludlow Castle      Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Marion de Bruer      
Walter de Lacy was in conflict with Joce de Dinan. Walter and one of his knights, Sir Arthur, were captured and held as prisoners at Ludlow Castle. Sir Arthur fell in love with the beautiful young Marion de Bruer, one of the ladies of the Castle. She arranged for Arthur and Walter to escape from their imprisonment at the castle. Arthur returned to the Castle to see his lover Marion and whilethey met secretly in her chamber, soldiers of Walter de Lacy followed him into the Castle and slaughtered the entire garrison. Marion was distraught. She killed her treacherous lover with his own sword, then threw herself out of a window, and suffered a broken neck. Her ghost reenacts this tragedy, to the sound of her dying treatcherous lover dying.


Lumley Castle      Chester Le Street , Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Lily ofLumley      
Lady Lumly, the 'Lily Of Lumley', as the lady is also known, was killed by monks after refusing to agree with their religious beliefs. When Sir Ralph discovered what had happened to his wife he had the monks executed. Ghostly monks are sometimes seen walking in file around the area of the castle, while the ghost Lady Lumley walks within the castle's corridors and grounds.


Middleham Castle      Middleham, Yorkshire, England
Legend, Buried Treasure      
Treasure is believed to be buried in the grounds of the castle.


Moreton Corbet Castle      Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Paul Homeyard      
This Tudor ruin is both haunted and cursed. Construction began on the house 1606 by Sir Robert Corbet but he died of the plague before work on the building had gone very far. Sir Vincent Corbett, his successor continued the work. At this time, King James I was persecuting the puritans. One such puritan was a local man called Paul Homeyard. Sir Vincent gave him refuge. As the puritan's ideals became more fanatical, Sir Vincent told him to leave. Homeyard fled into the surrounding countryside where he hid in caves eating wild berries and hunting wild animals to survive. Eventually made his way to Morton Corbet where, on meeting Sir Vincent, he cursed the family as follows: "Woe unto thee, hard hearted man, the lord has hardened thy heart as he hardened the heart of the Pharaoh, to thine own destruction. Rejoice not in thy riches, not in monuments of thy pride, for neither thou, nor thy children, nor thy children's children shall inhabit these halls. They shall be given up to desolation; snakes, vipers and unclean beasts shall make it their refuge, and thy home shall be full of doleful creatures...". The mansion was never completed and Sir Vincent and his son, Andrew, never lived there. On moonlit nights, the bedraggled ghost of the puritan can be seen wandering through the desolate halls of Morton Corbet Castle.


Moreton Corbet Castle      Moreton Corbet, Shropshire, England
Curse, Nieghbour's Curse      
During its construction in the Fifteenth century, the owner of the castle was cursed by a neighbour, and the castle was never finished.˙


Muncaster Castle      Muncaster, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Henry VI      
After the battle of Towton in 1461 Henry VI fled to Muncaster Castle where Sir John Pennington sheltered him. Henry gave Sir John a glass drinking bowl with a prayer that they might prosper for as long as the glass remained unbroken. The glass is known as 'The Luck of Muncaster' and remains unbroken to this day. Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London on the night of 21/22 May 1471. His ghost appears in the chamber at Muncaster castle that he occupied in life, possibly wanting to return to a place where he felt happy in the company of loyal subjects.


Muncaster Castle      Muncaster, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Headless Carpenter      
Murdered by a jester on the orders of the then owner Sir Ferdinard Pennington, a carpenter (who made the mistake of falling in love with Sir Ferdinard's daughter) was beheaded in the garden. The ghost of carpenter now haunts the castle. The ghost of the jester also haunts the castle, holding a severed head.


Norwich Castle      Norwich, Norfolk, England
Legend, King's Treasure      
According to legend the hill on which the castle stands conceals the grave of an old king, together with his hoard of silver and gold.


Nottingham Castle      Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Omen, Countess of Nottingham      
The gallery is haunted by the hhost of the Countess of Nottingham. She appears to people who will die within a year.


Okehampton Castle      Okehampton, Devon, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Howard      
The ghost of Lady Howard rides in a carriage constructed of the bones of four of her husbands that she murdered. It is driven between Okehampton Park and her old home in Tavistock by a ghostly headless coachman accompanied by a skeletal dog. According to legend each night Lady Howard has to convey a single blade of grass from the castle grounds and return it to Tavistock, as punishment for her many sins. Once every blade of grass has been transported, the world will come to an end. My ladye hath a sable coach, And horses two and four; My ladye hath a black blood-hound That runneth on before. My ladye's coach hath nodding plumes, The driver hath no head; My ladye is an ashen white, As one that long is dead. "Now pray step in," my ladye saith, "Now pray step in and ride." I thank thee, I had rather walk Than gather by thy side. The wheels go round without a sound Or tramp or turn of wheels; As cloud at night, in pale moonlight, Along the carriage steals. I'd rather walk a hundred miles And run by night and day Than have the carriage halt for me And hear the ladye say: "Now pray step in, and make no din, Step in with me and ride; There's room I trow, by me for you, And all the world beside."


Okehampton Castle      Okehampton, Devon, England
Shuck, Lady Howard      
This large black dog is reportedly the ghost of Lady Howard, who walks from here to Tavistock.


Old Wardour Castle      Wardour, Wiltshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Blanche Arundell      
On 2 May 1643, during the absence of her husband Lady Blanche Arundell defended Wardour Castle for nine days with only herself, her children, a few maid-servants, and twenty-five men against the Parliamentary forces of thirteen hundred men and artillery commanded by two Parliamentary officers, Sir Edward Hungerford and Colonel Edmund Ludlow. She was forced to surrender on honourable terms. but the terms were not honoured, with the castle being sacked, and she was removed as a prisoner to Dorchester. Lady Blanche still dressed for battle can be seen just as the sun sinks beneath the horizon.


Old Wardour Castle      Wardour, Wiltshire, England
Omen, White Owls      
The Arundell family are haunted by ghostly white owls, which appear prior to a death in the family.


Pendragon Castle      Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, England
Phantom, Black Hen      
A hoard of treasure hidden here is protected by a phantom black hen that replaces the soil of any hole dug as quickly as it is removed


Penyard Castle      Weston Penyard, Herefordshire, England
Legend, Hideous Bird      
A cave hidden under the castle contains a vast collection of gold and lewels. This treasure is protected by a large bird which never sleeps, and which attacks anyone who comes close to discovering the cave.


Pevensey Castle      Pevensey, East Sussex˙, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Joan Pelham      
In 1399 the castle was besieged by an army in support of Richard II. During the siege the constable of the castle, Sir John Pelham, was away fighting with Henry Bolingbroke. Defense of the castle was left to Sir John's wife, Lady Joan Pelham. She wrote to her husband and begged for his return. He returned to end the siege and rescue both his wife and Pevensey Castle. The ghost of Lady Joan, a pale Lady, still haunts the castle's outer walls searching for her husband coming to her rescue.


Raby Castle      Raby, Durham, England
Ghost Haunting, Charles Neville      
The famous 'Rising of the North' was formulated by the Nevilles at Raby in 1569 AD, in conjunction with the powerful Percy family of Northumberland. This was an attempt to get rid of Elizabeth I and replace her by her Catholic cousin Mary Queen of Scots. At first Charles Neville, sixth Earl of Westmorland was unsure about the plan. His wife stormed into the hall and called them cowards. Inflamed by her words, they agreed to go ahead. After the rising failed, Raby Castle was confiscated by the Crown. To this day the ghostly spectre of Charles Neville appears in the Barons Hall.


Ripley Castle      Ripley, Yorkshire, England
Poltergeist, Poltergeist      
The Tower Room experienced poltergeist activity when the chimney was unblocked in the middle of the twentieth century. Pictures were turned around and the furniture positions altered.


Castle Rising      King's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Ghost Haunting, Isabel of France      
The upstairs rooms of the castle are haunted by Isabel of France, a former resident. She was responsible for the murder of her husband Edward II in 1327 at Berkeley Castle. In her later years she suffered dementia and spent her time in the upper floors of the castle. This might explain the spectral sounds of a mad woman coming from the castle in the middle of the night


Rochester Castle      Rochester, Kent, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady Blanche de Warenne      Good Friday
In 1264 the Norman Castle at Rochester was under attack by the Earl of Leicester, Simon de Montford. The Castle was defended by a Crusader called Ralph de Capo who was the intended husband of Lady Blanche. In the attacking force was Sir Gilbert Clare, a rejected suitor of Lady Blanche. On the evening of Good Friday the battle swayed in favour of the defenders of the Castle and the Earl of Leicester retreated. Ralph de Capo left the Castle with some of his men and gave chase. Gilbert de Clare circled around and entered the Castle dressed in a suit of armour resembling that worn by de Capo. His intention was to confront the Lady Blanche. He caught up with her on the battlements by 'the round tower' on the South East corner of the Castle. Lady Blanche struggled to push de Clare away. Her plight was spotted by de Capo, an excellent bowman.. To save his intended, he fired an arrow which hit de Clare but glanced off his armour and went through the heart of Lady Blanche, killing her. Her ghost, dressed in a white robe and still with the arrow through her heart still walks the battlements near the round tower on the anniversary of the event.


Ryde Castle Hotel      Ryde, Isle of Wight, England
Poltergeist, Joker Poltergeist      
The poltergeist at this castle has a sense of humour, and plays pranks rather that causing random havok.


Sewingshield Castle ruins      Sewingshield, Northumberland, England
Legend, Sleeping Knights      
Legend says the site of King Arthur's hall. A local farmer once claimed to have discovered the location deep underground, a cavern full of sleeping knights, dogs and two royal looking figures.


Sherborne Castle      Sherborne, Dorset, England
Ghost Haunting, Sir Walter Raleigh      28 September
Sir Walter Raleigh appears here once a year on St Michael's Eve, near to a tree that is named after him.˙


Tamworth Castle      Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Black      
The castle is haunted by the ghost of St Editha, known as the black lady of Tamworth. St Editha founded a nearby convent at Polesworth in the 9th century. The nuns were expelled from their Convent by Robert de Marmion in the Twelfth century. The nuns in their prayers called Editha from beyond the grave. One night in 1139 AD after a banquet, Marmion was attacked by Editha's ghost, which warned him that unless the nuns were restored their convent, the Baron would meet an untimely death. Before she vanished the spectre hit Lord Marmion on his side with her crosier. Marmion's cries awoke the whole Castle. His pain only ceased when the nuns returned to Polesworth. St Editha has a room named after her in the castle. The middle room of the Norman tower is known as the ghost room.


Tamworth Castle      Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ghost Haunting, White Lady       
The White Lady was captured and locked in the Tower by Sir Tarquin. After a while she fell in love with him but Sir Lancelot du Lac, came to rescue her and killed Sir Tarquin. She threw herself from the battlements when she found that Sir Tarquin was dead. Her ghost still walks the castle battlenmts, weeping over her dead lover.


Thirlwall Castle      Greenhead, Northumberland, England
Legend, Gold Table      
A table of solid gold is said to be hidden somewhere under this castle, protected by a gruesome dwarf.


Tintagel Castle      Tintagel, Cornwall, England
Legend, Merlin      
A place featuring in Arthurian legend (Arthur is said to have been born here), the cave under the castle was the home of Merlin. His spirit is reluctant to leave the place


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Anne Boleyn      19-May
Anne Boleyn, Henry VII's second wife, was imprisoned in the King's house before her execution on Tower Green in 1536. Her headless corpse was buried under the floor of the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula.˙ Her ghost haunts both the Chapel, the Green, the corridor of the White Tower and the King's House where she walks with her head tucked under her arm on May 19th, the anniversary of her death.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Murdered Wife      
In 1804, a waderin the Tower named Corporal Jones saw a woman in a white dress with a red pattern on it coming towards him. As she approached, he realised that what he had thought was a red pattern was in fact blood and that the woman was headless. Later enquiries brought to light that a guardsmen in 1784 had murdered his wife and cut off her head. The head was never recovered so it may be that Corporal Jones saw the ghost of the murdered wife.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Princes in the Tower      
In the Bloody Tower the two small sons of King Edward IV known as the "Princes in the Tower" are said to have been murdered in 1483 AD on the orders of their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Since the late 15th century guards in the Tower have seen two small shadowy figures gliding down towards them.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Catherine Howard      
The fifth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, was convicted by Henry of adultery and sentenced to die on the block.˙At her execution, she ran from the executioner who pursued her, took hold of her and hacked off her head.˙ Her cries are heard outside the room where she was kept before her execution.


Tower of London      Tower Hamlets, London, England
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Cylinder      
The keeper of the crown jewels, Edmund Lenthal Swifte was dining with his family in the Martin Tower when his wife screamed. He saw a strange cylinder shaped apparition come into view.˙ It appeared to be filled with a blue bubbling liquid. When Swifte threw a chair at it, the apparition disappeared.


Triermain Castle      Gilsland, Cumbria, England
Ghost Haunting, Gilsland Boy      
While living, this young boy became lost on the nearby snow-covered common, and froze to death. His shivering form is now seen by the castle walls, and on the odd occasion will reach out and grab people (this is supposed to mark the witness's impending death, the area of the body touched being the primary area responsible for death).


Warblington Castle      Warblington, Hampshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Margaret Pole      27 May
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, can be seen walking around the castle without her head. She was beheaded on 27 May 1541 at the command of King Henry VIII, her cousin once removed.


Warkworth Castle      Warkworth, Northumberland, England
Ghost Haunting, Bertram de Bothal      
Bertram de Bothal of Bothal Castle fell in love with Isabel Widdrington. Although she felt attracted to the young man, she wanted to see more proof of his love for her. She presented him with an engraved helmet and she told him that if he would wear it bravely in battle then he could have her hand in marriage. Shortly after Bertram had his opportunity. Lord Percy crossed the border pursuing Scottish raiders and in the ensuing battle Bertram fought courageously but was wounded and taken back to England to recuperate. Isabel on hearing the news felt guilty about her challenge and set out with a single manservant to reach him. After a week passed, Isabel had not arrived and although Bertram was not recovered he left his bed and set out with his younger brother to search the Borderlands for her. Crossing into Scotland, they decided to go in different directions to cover a wider area. After a few days, Bertram learned that Isabel was held prisoner in the castle of a border raider and hurried to the castle which he then spied on from nearby. On the second night of his vigil, he saw a woman climbing down a rope from the tower and a man dressed in tartan helping her. Recognizing the woman as Isabel, Bertram followed the couple away from the castle and then confronted them demanding that the Scotsman release Isabel. In a rage, Bertram struck out at the man who fell to the ground and when Bertram raised his sword to strike again, Isabel flung herself between them and received the full force of his sword, which passed through her and killed the man. Isabel used her dying words to explain that Bertram's brother had disguised himself as a Scot and had arranged for her escape from the castle. He had killed his own brother. Desperate with grief, Bertram returned to Northumberland where he was granted sanctuary by Lord Percy at Warkworth Castle. After a while, Bertram renounced his wealth and possessions and left the Castle to build the hermitage nearby, carving the chapel out of the rock face. Here he spent many lonely hours in prayer and meditation until his death. Into the chapel rock he carved the following in Latin: 'my tears have been my meat by day and by night'. The inconsolable ghost of Bertram de Bothal still haunts the hermitage and castle.


Warwick Castle      Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Legend, Shuck      
After being caught stealing from her customers, an old servant at the castle was dismissed. In revenge, she bewitched the castle, after which a shuck (supernatural large black dog) appeared and created havoc. The creature was defeated by quotes from the bible read aloud by a local holy man.


Warwick Castle      Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Omen, The Dun Cow      
The phantom 'Dun Cow of Warwick' appears at the castle a few weeks before a death in the family.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Group       
A ghostly group of men haunts the East Terrace. In the castle grounds in 1906 one of the sentries from the Coldstream Guards was on patrol in the East Terrace when he saw a group of men.˙ He challenged them but received no answer. He opened fire only to see his bullets passed straight through them.˙ He then charged the group but they just disappeared.


Windsor Castle      Windsor, Berkshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Herne the Hunter      
The most famous ghost associated with Windsor Castle haunts the depths of Windsor Forest.˙ His name is Herne the Hunter (referred to in Shakespeare's 'Merry Wives of Windsor').˙ Herne was Richard IIs favourite huntsman who had at one time saved the King's life, being wounded at the same time.˙˙Herne made a recovery and as the King had promised him, he was made head huntsman. But he was soon dismissed from his post because he appeared to have lost all his skills. In a deep depression he hanged himself from the branch of an oak tree in Windsor Forest. On dark stormy nights, a ghostly band of hunters led by Herne are to be seen galloping wildly through Windsor great Park along with a pack of ghostly hounds. Asighting of this band of spectres is a portent that some kind of national disaster will soon occur.


Woodcroft Castle      Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Ghost Haunting, Michael Hudson      
Killed at the fortification by Cromwell's soldiers in 1648, Doctor Michael Hudson's hands were severed as he tried to climb down the castle walls to escape. His handless ghost now haunts the grounds.


 

 

I want to   a   in      

 

 

 

 

submit to reddit

 

   ::::   Link to us   ::::   Castle and Manor Houses Resources   :::    © C&MH 2010-2014   :::   contact@castlesandmanorhouses.com   :::   Advertising   :::