3 Haunted Castles in Dorset
Stewart | On 03, Dec 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!
You’ll find Lulworth Castle situated in the village East Lulworth.
The mock castle dates back to 1609 when it was first built as a hunting lodge for Thomas Howard, 3rd Viscount Howard of Bindon.
Today, the castle is owned by the Weld family and is run as a tourist attraction.
The basement of the castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young child who likes to play hide and seek.
Witnesses who’ve seen her have described her as wearing clothing from the Victorian period.
The first floor landing and staircase are also said to be haunted with visitors and members of staff alike reporting an oppressive feeling there as well as hearing phantom footsteps on the staircase.
One visitor even reported that he was pushed to the floor by an unseen force when he was in the first floor landing area!
You’ll find Portland Castle situated off Liberty Road on the Isle of Portland.
The Grade I listed artillery fort dates back to 1541 when it was first built by Henry VIII to protect the Portland Roads anchorage as part of the King’s Device programme.
The castle has been used during the English Civil War, the Napoleonic Wars and both the First and Second World Wars.
Today it’s run by English Heritage and is opened to the public if you fancy having a look around.
With such a historic building you probably won’t be too surprised to discover that certain parts of the castle are said to be haunted.
The kitchen is said to have a strange atmosphere to it.
On one occasion a woman from a re-enactment society took some photographs in the room and was shocked to discover that she’d captured a strange ghostly mist in one of the photos.
On a hot day during a wedding ceremony in 2008, a wedding guest decided to get out of the heat and have a sit down in the cool interior of the castle.
As she entered the kitchen she saw a woman in a long dress bustling about on the far side of the room.
Thinking the woman was preparing food for the wedding she asked her if it was alright if she sat down and rested in the kitchen.
With that the woman turned towards her and then disappeared into thin air!
The castle’s Great Hall is also said to be haunted.
Members of staff have often reported hearing phantom footsteps, people talking and the sounds of rustling dresses coming from the empty room.
The ghosts of children are said to haunt the castle.
Visiting children have often remarked how they’d enjoyed playing with the little girl at the castle even though there hadn’t been any other child present at the time of their visit.
Staff members have reported feeling somebody little tugging at their clothes but when they look down they see nobody there.
On one occasion, the custodian of the castle saw a blonde haired child about seven years old looking down at her from a window above the gun platform.
Thinking the child had been locked in the room she went to investigate only to find it totally empty!
The two-storey Captain’s House which stands in the castle’s courtyard is also said to be haunted.
The taps in the building have been known to turn themselves on by their own accord.
And on one occasion a visiting journalist put her tape recorder down on a shelf in the cloakroom and was amazed when it turned itself on and started to play!
You’ll find Brownsea Castle located on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1547 when it was first built as a Device Fort by Henry VIII to protect Poole Harbour from French attack.
During the English Civil War it was used by Parliamentarian troops but after the war it fell into disrepair.
In 1726, the castle was converted into a private residence by the architect William Benson and later transformed into a country house by William and other owners.
Mary Bonham-Christie bought the castle in 1927 but by the time she died in 1961 the building had fallen into a bad state.
It was then bought by the National Trust who rebuilt it into the property you see today.
Mary Bonham-Christie ghost is said to haunt the castle.
Spooked visitors to the castle have reported seeing her ghostly apparition standing in the grounds of the castle looking out to sea.
A photograph of her ghost was also taken in 2003 showing her looking out from one of the castle’s windows.
A former owner of the castle is said to have committed suicide in one of the ground floor rooms.
Members of staff and visitors alike have reported seeing his ghost in the room and wandering the corridors of the castle.
One witness described him as wearing a black hood!
Julie Harwood (2011) Haunted Poole. The History Press
Alex Woodward (2011) Haunted Weymouth. The History Press