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Spooky Castles to visit this Halloween Half Term | North East




We love a good ghost story and visiting places that have a story to tell. Over the years we have come across some pretty spooky places and I thought I would put together a post for those who like similar. I think this post is more aimed at those with slightly older kids who don't mind a bit of a spooky story and ghost hunting.

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Chillingham Castle

It has to be on this list right? Notoriously known as one of the North East's most haunted locations. A large collection of Spectres and apparitions have been spotted by visitors for years. My uncle in fact has had his own encounter at Chillingham Castle when he was walking up the stairs and someone tapped him on the shoulder to find no one behind him.

Some of the Ghosts reportedly seen here include The White Lady, The Chamber Ghost, The Chapel ghosts and the battlement Ghosts in the courtyard.

Chillingham Castle hosts special Ghost hunting nights on selected dates and they also hold a Family Ghost hunt.



Warkworth Castle

Warkworth Castle is probably one of my favourites. It is in a lovely location and the castle itself is is stunning, proudly sitting above the River Coquet, or as Elliot calls it, the river potato. Warkworth Castle does have a bit of a past when it comes to ghosts and is a fab location to channel your inner Scooby Doo and go ghost hunting. The castle has a long history and visitors have reported feeling uneasy and there has even been reports of The Grey lady wandering around the towers and a young boy running along the castle walls. The castle is now an English Heritage site and they have events running throughout the year.



Hylton Castle

Recently undergoing renovations and then reopening as an English Heritage site, Hylton castle is definitely a place to give you a chill. We have been to a Halloween event here and it was scary so I would definitely recommend going with older kids if they do the event again.

You can book tickets to visit the castle who has a pretty well known resident ghost.

Robert Skelton was the stable boy who was said to have been murdered. Soon after his body was discovered strange events occurred. As you walk through the castle you do feel a bit of a chill



Bamburgh Castle

One of the most recognised castles in the North, steeped in history and a popular archaeological site. We enjoy visiting Bamburgh Castle and we are actually planning on visiting again soon. Many visitors have reportedly spotted the Ghost of The Pink Lady. A princess who fell in love with a man her father didn't approve of. He sent the man away for 7 years and if he returned single he could marry his daughter. A few years later her father told her that the man was married, so to cheer his daughter up he bought her a pink dress and then she threw herself of the walls of the castle. Her lover then returned, single.

It is said that the woman returns every 7 years. Have you seen her? Other ghosts that have been reported are Green Jane, a Young lady who lived in the village. One day she went begging with her baby and she fell down the steps. Dr John Sharp, who was restoring the castle in the 1800s is said to still care for the castle today.



Tynemouth Castle & Priory

At Tynemouth castle you will find so much history. It was built in the 14th Century and has seen many people and eras come and go.

Many people have reported Olaf, a Viking who was wounded here and then another attack saw his brother killed here. We have visited many times and have definitely felt something.



Norham Castle

Norham Castle is somewhere we have visited many, many times and know the area pretty well. Sitting on the bank of the river Tweed it has been reported that a Grey Lady has been sighted here. We have not seen anything but we have felt a bit of a shiver in some parts.

We will let you make your mind up.

It is a free entry English heritage site, no shop or toilets although there are toilets in the village along with a lovely pub and a few shops.


Carlisle Castle

I am pretty sure it is safe to say that Carlisle Castle is one of the most haunted places in the UK. Dominating Carlisle city for nearly 1000 years. Carlisle castle has loads of reported ghosts from the two soldiers who show themselves on the keeps top floor, King Stephen, a yeoman, and many more. Why don't you go take a peek and see if you can spot anything out of the ordinary.



Other places we recommend taking older kids to do a ghost hunt include:


York Castle Museum

One of the most haunted places in York and it has even been a filming location for Yvette Fielding's Most Haunted as they set out to uncover some of the ghosts.

Some of the reported sightings include a little boy dressed in Edwardian clothing. We have been many many times and we always feel a bit of a chill in certain parts of the museum.



North East Land Sea and Air Museum

Noted as one of the North Easts most haunted attractions and again has been a most haunted filming location. You can definitely feel a chill in the air when you visit. Known as The Usworth Ghosts.




Jedburgh Castle Jail

We love Jedburgh Jail and it has some fascinating stories. It was infamous for its terrible conditions and the cruelty towards the prisoners. It even had gallows where prisoners would be executed on site. More Info




The Tall Ship Glenlee

This one is a bit further out and located in Glasgow but it is without a doubt one of the most haunted places we have ever been to. It even scared Craig, who is never usually that bothered. You can regularly hear voices and feel a bit of a chill as you walk through. We found the lower decks to be the worst for this. (They even do special Halloween events that I am yet to drag Craig to)!


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