3 Haunted Museums in Dorset
Stewart | On 05, 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!
The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
The neo-Gothic style building dates back to 1881.
It was built on the site of a former pub called the George Inn and was specifically designed to house the museum.
The museum is well-known for its archives of Thomas Hardy’s works and fossils from the Jurassic Coast.
The building also has a few ghostly tales to tell.
Whilst working late one night, a member of staff heard the sounds of a sobbing woman coming from all around her.
It freaked her out so much that she had to leave the building!
In the museum there’s a display area which houses Thomas Hardy’s former study from his Max Gate House which includes his desk and chair.
Visitors to the museum have reported seeing an apparition of a man sitting in the chair.
The ghostly figure looked so much like Thomas Hardy that one of the visitors who witnessed the apparition actually thought it was a very life-like display mannequin of the author!
The Old Lifeboat Museum, Poole
You’ll find the Old Lifeboat Museum situated at the Fisherman’s Dock end of Poole Quay.
The building dates back to 1882.
The old boathouse became a museum in 1974.
And today it houses one of Poole’s historic lifeboats, the Thomas Kirk Wright.
The building is rumoured to be haunted by the ghost of a former lifeboat man called James Hughes.
He was tragically crushed to death when he fell under the wheels of the lifeboat carriage during a training exercise in 1884.
Witnesses have reported seeing a ghostly black mist of a figure standing in front of the boathouse.
And some have even reported hearing the phantom voice of a man saying ‘I cannot go, I need to’.
The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester
You’ll find the Keep Military Museum situated along Bridport Road in Dorchester.
The Grade II listed building dates back to 1879 when it was originally the gatehouse for the Dorchester Depot Barracks.
The white Portland stone building was built to resemble a Norman castle.
Today, the Keep is as a military museum.
During the Second World War the barracks were used by 701st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company and the US Army’s 1st Quartermaster Company.
And it’s from this time period that the ghost of the Keep is said to hail.
Members of staff have reported sudden temperature drops, eerie sighs and the sound of phantom footsteps walking around the upper floors of the building.
Some believe that the paranormal activity is caused by the ghost of a former American serviceman who was stationed at the Keep during the Second World War.
Julie Harwood (2008) Haunted Dorchester. The History Press
Julie Harwood (2011) Haunted Poole. The History Press