Castle Ghosts and Hauntings


Location: Braco (Perth and Kinross) - Braco Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of many buildings in the UK that are said to be haunted, but no description of the entity exists. Dogs are said to become quite agitated on the staircase.

Newly Wed Bride

Location: Braemar (Aberdeenshire) - Braemar Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Convinced she had made a bad wife after waking up and finding her new husband gone, this girl leapt off the battlements to her death - unfortunately, her husband had only gone hunting without informing her. She now appears to others, not wanting them to make the same mistake.

Plague Victims

Location: Braemar (Aberdeenshire) - Kindrochit Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Eighteenth century
Further Comments: When the Black Death was detected within the castle, local villages blocked the external doors so no one could escape and taint the nearby lands - all those who died inside sometimes return to relive their final days.

Demon Bird

Location: Bransil (Hereford & Worcester) - Bransil Castle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black bird was once said to protect a pile of hidden gold within the castle grounds. The hoard could not be moved unless the bones of Lord Beauchamp, former owner of the gold, were in possession of the treasure hunter.

Coach and Six

Location: Brechin (Angus) - Kinnaird Castle and surrounding area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: James Carnegie, a former laird at the hall, was well versed in the black arts - this has resulted in his soul being doomed to travel in a black coach pulled by dark horses for the rest of eternity.

Post Girl

Location: Bridge of Avon (Moray) - Ballindalloch Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen outside the castle, this woman carries a letter addressed to her lover that will never be delivered. Inside, the building is haunted by two female ghosts (each in different locations) and a former male owner who walks towards his wine cellar.

Blue Lady

Location: Bridgend (Mid Glamorgan) - Dunraven Castle (now demolished)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This castle was formally the haunt of a blue lady and a ship wrecker. The latter ghost is said to appear on the anniversary of his death (which is not known), walking the coastline, shouting and screaming.

Gold Guard

Location: Bridgend (Mid Glamorgan) - Ogmore Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Protecting hidden treasure, this shade once attacked a man who tried to take all the gold - he died soon after of a wasting disease. It is not known whether the spectral woman who has also been seen here is the same ghost, although most legends say she does guard the hoard, which in turn is said to be haunted by the wailing of its former owners. Another legend says that whoever falls asleep here may wake in the past or future.

Mary Bonham Christie

Location: Brownsea Island (Dorset) - Brownsea Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: May 2003
Further Comments: A photograph taken from a window in the castle revealed a strange face when the film was developed - some have identified the figure as Mary Bonham Christie, who bought the island in the 1920s. When she grew too old to live in the castle her family forced her to move away, but she died the day she was relocated.

Hugh Bigod

Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - Bungay castle
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Humbled after taking part in a failed rebellion against the king, Bigod was forced to pay a great deal of gold in order to keep his castle. His shade has returned to show his resentment, sometimes taking the form of a black dog.


Location: Bungay (Suffolk) - Bungay castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Believed by some to be the headquarters of Old Shuck, the ruined castle is still avoided at night.

Sounds of Fighting

Location: Burgh Castle (Norfolk) - Roman castle
Type: Environmental Manifestation
Date / Time: 27 April (fighting) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year the sounds of clashing swords and Roman and Saxon screaming can be heard in this area. Another ghost reportedly observed here during dark nights is a figure that plummets from the ramparts.

Old Scarfe

Location: Burgh Castle (Norfolk) - Ruined Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shuck is known locally as Old Scarfe, named after the Baron Rudolf Scarfe who was a thirteenth century villain who lived near the castle. Old Scarfe haunts the castle grounds and the Yarmouth Road, his single eye glowing red and yellow.

Geoffrey de Mandeville

Location: Burwell (Cambridgeshire) - Ruins of Burwell Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Windy nights
Further Comments: Killed while trying to storm the castle with a gang of thieves and robbers, de Mandeville dying words can sometimes be heard on the wind.

King Arthur

Location: Cadbury (Somerset) - Cadbury Castle, and road between North Barrow and South Barrow villages
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 20 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Escorted by mounted knights carrying lances, King Arthur of the Britons traverses this route back to Camelot (as Cadbury is thought to be) on this day in June. One witness said that on 23 June 1995 they encountered an armoured man (more dark age than medieval) holding a standard on horseback - the figure disappeared around a corner, though there was no place that he could have gone. One legend says a door opens every seven years in the hillside so that Arthur and his company can leave to feed their horses.

Dark Lady

Location: Caergwrle (Clwyd) - Caergwrle Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This female form has been seen slowly moving around the grounds of the old castle; her feet several centimetres clear of the soft earth below.

Floating Lady

Location: Caernarfon (Gwynedd) - Caernarfon Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2001
Further Comments: This shade, sometimes seen drifting down the corridors, is thought to be responsible for messing around with electrical equipment left out at night. A photograph was taken by a tourist in 2001 shows a blue misty form in the courtyard.

Old Hag

Location: Caerphilly (Mid Glamorgan) - Caerphilly Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Marks a death in the de Clares family
Further Comments: Once owners of the building, the de Clares family were haunted by a Gwrach-y-rhibyn, warning them about an eminent death in the family. Now they have moved away, the ghost is still seen - drifting towards the castle only to disappear once she enters the ruins. A figure dressed in red also haunts the building.

Coach Circling the Courtyard

Location: Caister-On-Sea (Norfolk) - Caister Castle, one mile west of Caister-On-Sea
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Warning of a death in the family
Further Comments: Warning about the encroaching death of a family member, a horse drawn hearse driven by a headless horseman passes through the gates of the castle and circles the courtyard seven times.

Warning Voice

Location: Callaly (Northumberland) - Callaly Castle, old foundations
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: During the castle's construction on its original site, the stones would collapse and a disembodied voice announced that it should be built elsewhere - the advice was taken, and the building work went uninterrupted. Another version of the story has a more prosaic slant and suggests a lady requested her servant dress in a boar skin and knock down the construction at night; the superstitious builders reported the figure to be monstrous, which forced the construction to move to the site the lady preferred it to be. The new castle is plagued by mysterious sounds, thought to be created by a phantom priest.

The White Lady & The Black Man

Location: Canvey Island (Essex) - Hadleigh Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1840s onwards
Further Comments: No recent sightings of these figures have been reported, and locals accept them as being little more than smuggler's stories told to inspire fear. The white lady is said to offer to dance with anyone she came upon during her walks, while the black man offered to buy souls in return for a song. The White Lady was seen around 1917 by a group of men out partying - one of them chased after the figure with a large stick, but the apparition disappeared before he reached it.


Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Cardiff Castle
Type: Crisis Manifestation
Date / Time: Coach last seen 1868
Further Comments: A coach is reportedly heard when a member of the Hastings family is due to die. At the castle it was heard by John Boyle, the night his cousin the Marquis Hastings died. Other ghosts reported to haunt the castle include the second Marques of Bute (who walks through several walls), a faceless woman in a long skirt who is known as Sarah, and a three metre tall giant who walks around the park.

White Lady

Location: Cardiff (South Glamorgan) - Castell Coch
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A 'new' building on the site of thirteenth century ruins, the White Lady once haunted the older area, and now has set up shop in the replacement castle. The woman is said to have died of a broken heart after her son drowned in a local pond. There is also reported to be a buried hoard of treasure here, zealously protected by either three eagles or an entity who confuses any potential gold thieves, while an ethereal cavalier walks the castle grounds.

Jock Barefut

Location: Careston (Angus) - Castle and general area
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Hanged for stealing a branch from the laird's favourite tree, Jock's swinging shade is sometimes seen dangling from trees in the neighbourhood, when not running through the castle.

Dog Walker

Location: Carisbrooke (Isle of Wight) - Carisbrooke Castle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This grey lady has been seen walking her dog around the moat of this ruin - it is unknown whether the same spirit is also the face which has been seen down the well. The inside of the castle is also haunted, by another woman, this time in a long cloak, walking four, tiny dogs on chain leashes.

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