It’s coming up to the end of October, which means Halloween is fast-approaching.
Sadly, Halloween will be very different this year, due to coronavirus restrictions, with trick-or-treating out of the question in certain areas.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a spooktastic time.
Coronavirus restrictions allowing, there are plenty of creepy and haunted castles to visit in the UK.
These are well worth a visit this Halloween – and will no doubt get you in a spooky mood.
Online broker Mojo Mortgages has analysed the number of mentions of castles in “most haunted” articles this year, as well as scanning TripAdvisor reviews.
Then they were able to come up with a list of the 10 most haunted castles in the UK.
Most haunted castles in the UK
1. Chillingham Castle
The aptly named CHILLINGham Castle is the most haunted in the UK, according to the research.
Chillingham was originally a monastery in the 12th century, and its most famous ghost is the “blue” or “radiant” boy who used to haunt the Pink Room.
Guests claim to have seen flashes and a blue “halo” of light above their beds after a loud wail.
However, it’s claimed that the hauntings ceased after renovation work found a young boy inside a 10-foot-thick wall.
2. Berry Pomeroy Castle
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Berry Pomeroy Castle in Devon is the second most haunted castle in the UK, with nearly 30% of all TripAdvisor reviews mentioning ghosts.
According to guests, two female ghosts are said to haunt the castle – the White Lady and the Blue Lady.
The Blue Lady is said to beckon for help from passers-by, luring them to her tower.
She is believed to be the daughter of a Norman lord, and wanders around mourning the loss of her baby – who she murdered because it was sired by her own father.
The White Lady is said to haunt the dungeons, because she was imprisoned there by her sister who was jealous of her beauty.
3. Tutbury Castle
Tutbury Castle in Burton-on-Trent has been host to hundreds of paranormal investigations over the years – including the TV series Most Haunted.
The castle is said to be home to many ghosts, including Mary Queen of Scots and “The Keeper”.
The Keeper has been seen wearing a full suit of armour in broad daylight.
4. Glamis Castle
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Glamis Castle is believed to be the most haunted castle in Scotland, and the turreted fortress hides many dark family secrets.
The Queen Mother spent much of her childhood at Glamis, and is thought to have seen a few ghosts herself.
A ghost of a young servant who was badly treated has been spotted appearing outside her bedroom.
There are several other ghosts, including the Monster of Glamis, the Grey Lady, the Tongueless Woman and Earl Beard.
5. Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle in the Lake District is one of the most haunted castles in the UK.
Many paranormal tales surrounding the castle revolve around Tom Fool, a spirit who continues to play tricks on family, staff and visitors.
Visitors complain of disturbed nights, footsteps outside the corridor, and door handles turning.
6. Fyvie Castle
Several ghosts are said to haunt Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
It is believed the Grey Lady roams the corridors, bemoaning the betrayal of her husband – and leaving behind the scent of rose petals.
The sound of a trumpet being played can also be heard throughout the castle, believed to be the ghost of Andrew Lammie.
7. Tamworth Castle
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For many years guests at Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire have claimed to have spotted ghosts.
The castle was also featured in the Most Wanted TV series.
From spotting the Black Lady, the White Lady and hearing strange noises, there’s plenty going on in the castle.
8. Oxford Castle
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With more than 1,000 years of history, it’s no surprise there have’s been some paranormal activity in Oxford Castle.
In 2009, the castle’s Empress Matilda was declared Britain’s most seen ghosts.
Although she didn’t die in the castle, many visitors claim to have seen her dressed in the white cape she wore when she made her escape from the castle in 1142.
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