3 Haunted Places in Wales
Stewart | On 17, Apr 2017
The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon
You’ll find the Black Boy Inn situated in Northgate Street within the medieval walls of Caernarfon.
The Black Boy dates back to 1522 and is said to be one of the oldest inns within North Wales.
With such a long history you probably wouldn’t be too surprised if I told you that the inn has a reputation for being haunted…
To the rear of the Black Boy there was once a convent which probably accounts for the many sightings of a ghostly nun seen walking through the building.
Many guests have heard the sound of a phantom child crying in one of the inn’s bedrooms.
Apparently, if you ask whether the child is OK it stops crying!
Members of staff and punters alike have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man sitting in the bar area of the pub just watching people.
And a senior member of staff was certain they saw a ghostly apparition of a woman in the bar area when they were working late one night.
Craig-y-Nos Castle, Pen-y-cae
Craig-y-Nos is a Victorian-Gothic country house situated in the upper Swansea Valley next to the River Tawe.
It dates back to 1841 when it was built by the county magistrate and a High Sheriff of Brecknock, Captain Rice Davies Powell.
The Powell family was said to be cursed!
Captain Rice Davies Powell younger son died of cholera in 1851. Then his wife and youngest daughter died shortly followed by himself in 1862.
And then a couple of years later in 1864, his oldest son died in a hunting accident.
The famous opera singer Adelina Patti bought the castle in 1878.
She absolutely loved the house!
She added the North and South wings, the clock tower, the conservatory, the winter garden and her beloved theatre.
Today, the Adelina Patti Theatre is a Grade I listed building in its own right!
After Adelina Patti’s death in 1919, the castle was turned into a TB hospital and named the Adelina Patti Hospital after the great singer.
The hospital treated TB sufferers and the elderly until 1989.
Today, Craig-y-Nos Castle is run as a B&B and a wedding venue.
Craig-y-Nos is said to be the most haunted castle in Wales…
Adelina Patti ghostly apparition has been witnessed throughout the castle but especially in her beloved theatre.
In the Boudoir, the eerie sound of phantom singing and the ghostly apparition of a Victorian gentleman have been witnessed.
Ghosts of former TB patients have been seen roaming along the castle’s first floor corridor and on the back staircase!
Margam Castle, Port Talbot
Another Welsh Victorian country house said to be haunted is the Grade I listed Margam Castle.
The Tudor Gothic castle was built on the site of an 11th century abbey.
The house is massive… it took ten years to build and was completed in 1840!
It was built for the wealthy industrialist and Liberal politician Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
Margam Castle stayed within the Talbot family until 1941.
Today, the castle is in the hands of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
Margam Castle is infamous for being very haunted.
It’s been investigated by both the Most Haunted and the Ghost Hunters International paranormal TV shows!
The ghostly apparition of a former gamekeeper called Robert Scott is often witnessed on the house’s main staircase.
He was killed by a poacher and is said to be responsible for the poltergeist activity which occurs on the staircase.
The spirits of young children from the Victorian period have been heard and seen by spooked witnesses throughout the corridors of the house.
Members of staff who work in the castle’s grounds are often reporting seeing dark shadowy figure roaming around.
The castle is said to be haunted by Emily Charlotte Talbot the daughter of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot.
A ghostly apparition of a White or Grey Lady is seen regularly at the castle!