9 Haunted British Castles You Can Actually Stay the Night In
Stewart | On 29, Jul 2016
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In the town of Chester-le-Street you’ll find the Grade I listed Lumley Castle.
The building is a former 14th century manor house which was later fortified and turned into a castle.
It’s said to be the most haunted place in County Durham!
The ghost of Lady Lily Lumley is said to haunt the castle by walking up and down the corridors and suddenly appearing in rooms.
Phantom children are often heard playing on the top floor of Lumley Castle by spooked witnesses.
A ghostly apparition of a man sitting at the bar is regularly seen by both shocked members of staff and guests to the hotel.
It’s said that a ghost known as Black Jack often plays pranks on startled guests!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
The castle started life out as a timber-framed hunting lodge in 1103.
But it upgraded to a fortified manor house in 1377 by the bishop of Chichester.
After the Reformation the castle still belonged to the church but was leased out to the crown.
During the English Civil War part of the castle was destroyed by Parliamentarian forces and it fell into ruin.
The Duke of Norfolk leased Amberley Castle in 1893 and started to renovate it.
Today the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
The castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl called Emily who committed suicide at the castle.
Her ghostly apparition has been seen by terrified witnesses in and around the Herstmonceux room!
Ackergill Tower Castle
The historic Category A listed Ackergill Tower Castle Hotel near Wick dates back to the 14th century.
The main ghost witnessed at the Ackergill Tower Castle Hotel is that of Helen Gunn.
In the 15th century Helen was abducted by a member of the Keith family and kept at the Ackergill Tower Castle.
She fell from one of the towers whilst trying to escape.
It’s believed that her ghost now haunts the Ackergill Tower Castle Hotel in the form of the Green Lady or as a lady with black hair in a long red ball gown!
The Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa
The historic Dalhousie Castle and Spa near the town of Bonnyrigg dates back to the 13th century.
It’s said to be haunted by a number of ghosts…
The two main ghostly apparitions witnessed at the Dalhousie Castle Hotel are those of Sir Alexander Ramsay and Lady Catherine.
Sir Alexander Ramsay was starved to death back in 1342 in Hermitage Castle by William Douglas.
His ghostly apparition is witnessed in the corridors and grounds of the Dalhousie Castle Hotel.
The ghost of Lady Catherine has been witnessed in the dungeon and around the turrets of the castle…
She is referred to as the Grey Lady!
The Tulloch Castle Hotel
The historic Tulloch Castle Hotel at Dingwall dates back to the 12th century.
The main ghost witnessed at Tulloch Castle is that of the Green Lady.
The ghostly apparition of the Green Lady is said to be Elizabeth Davidson.
Her apparition is mainly witnessed in the bar area of the Tulloch Castle Hotel…
In fact, the bar is actually called the Green Lady Bar after her!
The historic Grade II listed Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel close to the village of Bodelwyddan dates back to the Victorian era.
The Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel is said to be haunted by many ghosts…
A ghostly apparition of The Blue Lady has been seen in the kitchen, a ghost of a soldier has been witnessed in one of the galleries and members of staff have seen a ghostly apparition of a Victorian lady in the Sculpture Gallery.
The historic Craig-y-Nos Castle also dates back to the Victorian period.
The hotel is located in the stunningly beautiful Swansea Valley.
Craig-y-Nos Castle is said to be haunted by the Victorian opera singer Adelina Patti, her second husband, French tenor Nicolini and the composer Rossini…
Phantom children have also been heard playing at Craig-y-Nos Castle!
The medieval Ruthin Castle is located in the picturesque Denbighshire’s county town of Ruthin.
The first castle was built by Edward I in 1217.
The Cornwallis-West family built the modern castle within the ruins of the old castle in 1826.
The town of Ruthin and the castle are said to be some of the most haunted places in Wales…
The Grey Lady is the most infamous of the ghost which are said to haunt the castle.
She’s said to be the spirit of a woman who was married to a steward at the castle in the 15th century.
She discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young peasant girl.
It’s said that she murdered the young girl in revenge but was tried and sentenced to death at the castle for the crime.
Today, terrified witnesses have reported seeing her ghostly apparition on the castle battlements and in the banqueting hall.
The apparition of soldier wearing just one glove has also been spotted wandering around the castle grounds.
The 17th century Ballygally Castle overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.
It was built by James Shaw in 1625 and remained in the Shaw family for most of its years.
In the 1950s it was bought by the carpet tycoon Cyril Lord but today it’s owned by the Hastings Hotels Group and is run as a hotel.
The castle has a reputation for being one of the most haunted places in Northern Ireland.
The spirit of a former resident called Lady Isobel Shaw is said to haunt the castle.
Apparently, she likes to knock on doors and then disappear.
It’s said that her cruel husband locked her in a room and tried to starve her to death.
Whilst trying to escape from the room’s window she fell and was tragically killed.
And now her ghost is said to haunt the castle.
Another spirit of a lady which is said to haunt the castle is that of Madame Nixon.
She stayed at the castle in the 19th century and it seems she like it so much that she never left!
Witnesses have heard the eerie rustle of her silk dress and her phantom footsteps walking along the castle’s corridors late at night.
There’s one room at the castle which is never let out to guests of the hotel…
It’s the small room in the corner turret of the castle and it’s called the Ghost Room!