7 Haunted British Castles You Can Actually Stay the Night In

English Castles

Lumley Castle, Chester-le-Street, County Durham

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!

Amberley Castle, Amberley, West Sussex

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!

Scottish Castles

Ackergill Tower Castle, Wick, Caithness

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, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian

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, Dingwall, Ross-shire

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!

Welsh Castles

Craig-y-Nos Castle, Pen-y-cae, Powys

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!

Northern Irish Castle

Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, County Antrim

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!