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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.

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Aberavon Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Jane de Afan      
Reported to float above the castle ruins, this phantom white lady could be the ghost of Jane de Afan, the last occupant of the castle.This phantom woman appears on or near the castle mound, located close to Saint Mary's churchyard.


Bodelwyddan Castle      Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Lady      
the ghosts of several dead people appear to be trapped within the castle, including a woman dressed in Victorian garb, a soldier (likely to be from the World War One, when the castle doubled as a recuperation hospital), and an unknown shadowy figure who lurks in the corridors.


Boverton Castle      Boverton, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Wissie      
During the reign of Richard I Boverton Castle was the property of the Earl of Gloucester. His daughter Hadwisa married Prince John. Ten years later John divorced Hadwisa of Gloucester, so that he could marry Isabella of Angoulˆme. His wife retired to the seclusion of Boverton Castle. According to local tradition, King John once fled from his barons, and was sheltered in Boverton Castle by the woman he had wronged. Her ghost still haunts the castle, her face scarcely visible, her long dark hair in neatly braided tresses down to her waist. She wanders from room to room in a slow, disconsolate manner, and occasionally her sobs break the silence.


Caergwrle Castle      Caergwrle, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Dark Lady      
This female form has been seen slowly moving around the grounds of the old castle; her feet several centimetres clear of the soft earth below.


Caernarfon Castle      Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Floating Lady      
This ghost, sometimes seen drifting down the corridors, tampers with any electrical equipment left out at night.


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Scent      
An inexplicable smell of perfume at all times pevades the flag tower, inducing an equally inexplicable fear in those who venture there.


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Green      
The ghost of a green lady flits fearlessly from turret to turre.


Caerphilly Castle      Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Figure in Red      
A spectral figure dressed in red haunts the castle


Caerphilly Castle       Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Ghostly Soldiers      
Ghostly soldiers patrol the battlements.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Marquess of Bute      
The ghost of the second Marquess of Bute walks through the fireplace of the library. He leaves then leaves the library by passing through a six-foot-thick wall into a corridor. He then passes through the wall of the chapel and into the room in which he died.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
A "faceless vision in a flowing grayish-white skirt" appears in a stockroom disarranging items there.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Sarah      
The ghost of a faceless woman in a long skirt, called Sarah, is seen at the castle.


Cardiff Castle      Cardiff, , Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady walks down Queen Street, then stands on a bridge waving towards the castle


Carew Castle      Pembroke, Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Helen of Wales      
A ghostly figure, thought to be Princess Nest, known as the Helen of Wales, walks the castle grounds looking for something


Castell Coch      Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Dame Griffiths      
The young son of Dame Griffiths fell into a pool of dark water within the castle precincts and was never seen again. Dame Griffiths was inconsolable and died from her grief. Her ghost, a White Lady, wanders about the castle and its surrounding woods.


Castell Coch      Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Cavalier      
The ghost of a cavalier walks the castle grounds.


Conwy Castle      , Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Bereaved Lord      
One of the lords at Plas Mawr had to leave Conwy to fight in a distant war. When he was due to return, his wife and child climbed the steep steps to a lookout tower. He did not appear, so the wife and child had to leave the tower when it grew dark. On the way down she slipped, and both of them fell to the bottom of the tower. They were taken to the lantern room and a Doctor Dic was summoned. He could do nothing to save them. Fearing the wrath of the lord upon his return, a servant locked Dr. Dic inside the lantern room with the dying mother and child. On the lord's return, the door was unlocked and he found the dead bodies of his wife and child, but there was no sign of Dr. Dic, who was was never seen again. The bereaved lord went mad with grief and died soon after. His ghost still seeks the vanished doctor in the lantern room.


Conwy Castle      , Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Figure in Cloak      
Walking around the battlements of the castle, this shadowy cloaked figure has been glimpsed by tourists.


Denbigh Castle      Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Young Man      
The son of the castle's builder was accused of having an affair with the land owner's daughter, and was thrown to his death from the partly completed tower. The dark ghostly figure seen dashing around the Goblin Tower is said to be his ghost.


Denbigh Castle      Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
The ghost of a grey lady is seen at the castle.


Dunraven Castle      St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Blue      
The castle was demolished after World War II. The castle ruins are haunted by a little old lady in a blue dress who left behind her the smell of mimosa.


Dunraven Castle      St Brides Major, Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Ship Wrecker      
This castle (now demolished) was haunted by the ghost of a ship wrecker. The ghost appears on the anniversary of his death, walking the coastline, shouting and screaming.


Ewloe Castle      Deeside, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Singing      
A soft ghostly singing can be heard as the rain and wind buffet the castle.


Ewloe Castle      Deeside, Flintshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Soldiers      
The ghostly echo of marching soldiers haunt the castle.


Gwrych Castle      Llanddulas, Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Woman in Red      
The castle is haunted by a lady in pink (ie scarlet) thought to have been killed while riding to hounds.


Gwrych Castle      Llanddulas, Conwy, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Woman in White      
This castle is haunted by the ghost of a woman˙in white, who returned to the castle after her body was buried in unconsecrated ground.


Gwydir Castle      Llanrwst, Conwy Valley, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Maid      
Sir John Wynn murdered a maid at the castle after she threatened to make public their affair. He bricked her body up in a chimney, but the smell of the rotting corpse hung around the room for months afterwards. Her ghost is said to secrete the same stench. Sir John also continues to linger around the building, as does a large dog and several crying children.


Kidwelly      Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Gwenllian      
The female warrior Gwenllian, Princess of Wales, lost her head in battle in 1337 against the Norman at the site of the castle. Her headless ghost rode the area for many years afterwards. The haunting stopped when her head and body were located and buried together.


Manorbier Castle      Pembroke, Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Black      
This female ghost dressed in black appears near the castle gatehouse each September.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Robert Scott      
A former gamekeeper, Lincolnshire was murdered by a poacher. His ghost haunts the staircase in the hall.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Victorian Children      
The ghosts of Victorian children haunt the castle.


Margam Castle      Port Talbot, South Wales, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Disembodied Laughter      
The spectral sound of disembodied laughter is heard at the castle.


Newport Castle      Newport , Dyfed˙, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Robert FitzHamon      
The castle is haunted by the giant figure of FitzHamon who built it.


Ogmore Castle      Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Guard      
A ghost protects hidden treasure at the castle. This ghost once attacked a man who tried to take treasure and he died soon afterwards of a mysterious wasting disease.


Ogmore Castle      Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Woman      
The ghost of a woman haunts the castle.


Oystermouth Castle      Swansea Bay, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in White      
The castle grounds are haunted by this crying phantom with a bloody back.


Penard Castle      Penard, Gower Peninsula, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Gwrach-y-rhibyn      
The ghost of an old hag haunts the castle ruins.


Penhow Castle      Penhow, Gwent, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Phantom Girl       
A phantom young girl dressed for a kitchen has been reported in the great hall.


Penllyne Castle      Cowbridge, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Crested Dragons      
The dragons here were once said to be quite common, if not a little shy. They snacked on the local produce, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers; they were eventually all killed.


Powis Castle      Welshpool, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Man in Gold Laced Suit      
This haunting ended in 1780 when a new maid was placed in a haunted bedroom as a joke planned by the other workers; she listened to the ghost instead of running like so many had done in the past, and as a reward the supernatural being led her to a box hidden under a floorboard. This was later presented to her master who rewarded the maid with freedom and a cottage. The ghost was seen no more.


Raglan Castle      Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Bard      
A phantom musician reportedly haunts this building, particularly the area where a library once stood.


Roch Castle      Roch, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lucy Walters      
Lucy Walters, was first mistress of Charles II. Her ghost wearing a white dress runs around the castle, her dress flowing as she moves, passing through closed doors if they stand in her way.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Glowing Ball      
A strange spectral glowing ball of light can be seen at the castle.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady in Grey      
A woman decapitated her husband when she discovered him with a younger woman at the castle. In turn, she was beheaded for the act of revenge. Her ghost haunts the castle ruins.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, man in armour       
The castle is haunted by the ghost of a man in armor wearing only one gauntlet.


Ruthin Castle      Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady Grey      
The ghost of Lady Grey wanders the hallways of the castle.


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Floating Eye      
The castle is haunted by a large floating eye that glows.


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Large Black Cat.˙      
The castle is haunted by a semi-transparent large black cat.˙


St Donats Castle      St Donats, South Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Spectral Piano Music      
The spectral sounds of a piano is heard, when no-one is playing it.


West Orchard castle      St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Ghost Haunting, Lady de Clare      
This white lady is said to have been buried alive by her cruel husband who incorrectly believed she was having an affair. Her ghost walks the castle and the surrounding area.


 

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