Haunted: Bungay Castle, Bungay, Suffolk
Stewart | On 23, Jun 2017
AMBERLY CASTLE: A Haunted Castle You Can Actually Stay the Night In!
The Grade I listed 12th century Amberley Castle Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Amberley.
Today, the castle has been transferred into an amazing luxury hotel.
It's 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!
The Haunting of Bungay Castle
The original Norman castle was first built by Roger Bigod of Norfolk in the 1100s.
His son, the powerful Earl Hugh Bigod built a large square Norman keep on the site in 1165.
But it was besieged and destroyed in the Revolt of 1173–1174.
In 1294, the castle was restored by Roger Bigod the 5th Earl of Norfolk who built the impressive twin towers you see today at the castle site.
After his death the castle was placed in the hands of the Crown but soon fell into disrepair.
Today, the castle is owned by the Bungay Castle Trust.
With such a strong link to the Bigod family you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that the castle remains are said to be haunted by Hugh Bigod.
It’s said that his apparition sometimes takes the form of a black dog!
The legendary Black Shuck is also said to roam around the ruins of the castle.
Whether the apparition of the black dog witnessed at the castle ruins is that of the spirit of Hugh Bigod or the Black Shuck itself I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
One thing for certain… the locals avoid the castle ruins at night like the plague!
Pete Jennings (2010) Haunted Suffolk. The History Press