England is a land steeped in history, tradition and legend. It boasts more than 1400 medieval castles across its countryside, many of which are said to be frequented by ghosts, specters and other supernatural occurrences.
Here is a delightfully ghoulish list of three of the best ghostly castles to visit…
Billed as "The Most Haunted Castle in Britain", Chillingham Castle in the county of Northumberland in Northern England is infamous for an entire collection of restless souls. The most famous of the castle's ghosts is the 'Blue Boy', whose agonizing cries are said to wail out at around midnight from a passageway inside the castle close to one of the modern-day self catering apartments. A soft light is then said to engulf a four-poster bed in the room nearby and an image of the boy appear for a few brief seconds. Chillingly, the bones of a boy and fragments of blue clothing were discovered hidden behind a wall in the very vicinity of the noises several years ago.
Old Wardour Castle
Built in the 14th century, Old Wardour Castle in Wiltshire, Southwest England has been labeled as England's most romantic castle. Set in secluded countryside overlooking a lake the castle was used as a film location for Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Twilight though heralds an altogether more sinister side to Old Wardour for it is here where one Lady Blanche Arundell - a Royalist supporter during the 17th century English Civil War - held out against Cromwell's Roundheads with her servants in a siege that lasted nearly a month. The castle was eventually captured by the Roundheads and Lady Blanche Arundell promptly imprisoned and executed. It is said that she walks from the castle to the lake in the fading daylight as a chill pervades the air.
Berry Pomeroy Castle
Not far from Dartmoor National Park in Devon is the haunted castle of Berry Pomeroy. Now a romantic ruin this 13th century castle is home to a number of ghostly happenings, the most frequent of which is a sighting of a White Lady. She appears in the dark dungeons below the castle and on top of the castle ramparts, her apparition being reported as recently as 1987. The White Lady is thought to be the spirit of Margaret Pomeroy who was imprisoned in the dungeons by her sister and made to slowly starve to death.