Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

7 Haunted Castles in Europe You Can Actually Stay In

Paranormal activity can be found in many homes, apartments, parks, city streets, and cemeteries around the world. Therefore, it should be no surprise that ghosts and other unexplained encounters are normal inside the castles in Europe. Most of the time, you would need to rely on the stories of those who have experienced these phenomena. However, in Europe, you are encouraged to experience it all for yourself by staying in one of the multiple haunted castles.

Here are 7 haunted castles in Europe that you can actually stay in:

1    Walworth Castle in Country Durham, England

This castle is believed to be haunted by the former mistress of the lord of the house. This mistress was a maid who become pregnant during the affair. The lord was so distraught over the pregnancy, as he feared his reputation would be ruined, that he had the maid placed inside a wall of the spiral staircase. Former guests have stated that they have heard footsteps on the stairs, seen a figure coming out of the wall, and heard her crying inconsolably.

Dating from the twelfth century, this is one of only a few castle hotels in England. It has recently been refurbished and is welcoming visitors and bridal parties who don’t mind sharing the castle with a this sad spirit.
Walworth Castle In Country Durham, England
2    Ackergill Tower in Caithness, Scotland

The Beauty of Braemore, Helen Gunn, haunts this castle. She was supposed to be married to the man that she loved, but on the eve of her wedding, she was kidnapped by the family who lived in Ackergill Tower. While trying to escape her captors, she either jumped or fell from the tower, and died when she hit a rock below. Her outline is still visible today on that rock and former guests have said that they have seen her wandering around in a red ballgown.

Ackergill Tower is a 5 star luxury hotel, offering single rooms, the entire tower or the whole estate. This 15th century castle built in the Scottish Highlands, right on the edge of the sea, provides an exclusive luxury experience with the perfect blend of exclusivity and easy access.
Ackergill Tower In Caithness, Scotland
3    Ballyseede Castle in County Kerry, Ireland

Ballyseede Castle has multiple ghosts, but the infamous one who is seen the most is Hilda, a nurse from World War I. She was the last person in the Blennerhassett family, and they were the ones who constructed this castle during the 18th century. Hilda spends the majority of her time in her old bedroom, known as the Crosby Room, as she stares out over the grounds. She has spoken to numerous guests over the years, but those who haven’t seen her have at least smelled the scent of her favorite flower, the rose.

Ballyseede is County Kerry’s only castle hotel, providing 4 star amenities nestled in rural western Ireland. Thirty acres of gardens and woodlands give guests room to wander. Outdoor activities including golf, cycling, and flyfishing are found close by.
Ballyseede Castle In County Kerry, Ireland
4    Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland

The head of Clan Kennedy called Culzean castle his home, and he was a masterful pipe player. Weddings are held at this castle quite often, and people have seen the ghost mingling near guests as he happily celebrates the couple while playing his pipes. The ghost also plays the pipes on stormy nights as he wanders amongst the caves within the nearby cliffs.

Culzean Castle is located in a National Trust Country Park, with 40 building, follies, beaches and more to entertain visitors. The location is popular for weddings as well as day trippers and features special events throughout the year.
Culzean Castle In Ayrshire, Scotland
5    Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

The Leslie family has lived in this castle for many generations, which may be the reason why one of the past residents does not want to leave. Norman Leslie spends most of his time in the Red Room, but he will leave that space if he needs to tell noisy guests to quiet down. According to reports, his mother woke up to see his ghost reading his old letters to her, and it is quite common for current guests to here papers shuffling in the middle of the night.

Choose from 20 luxurious rooms in the castle or pick a luxury rental home on the property. They specialize in equestrian breaks for everyone from beginners to experienced riders.
Castle Leslie In County Monaghan, Ireland
6    Lumley Castle in County Durham, England

Lumley Castle is haunted by Lily Lumley, who was the lady of the manor during the 14th century. She refused to convert to Catholicism so, according to legend, two priests killed her. She can be quite bold during her hauntings, to the point where some past guests have not been able to stay the entire night.

This 15th century castle has kept its period ambience with heavy draperies, huge beds, and more, updated, of course, for modern convenience. Don’t let a vengeful ghost scare you off.
Lumley Castle In County Durham, England
7    Tulloch Castle in Ross-Shire, Scotland

Tulloch Castle is another one that has numerous ghosts wandering around, but the most famous one would be the Green Lady. No one knows for sure, but it is believed that the Green Lady was Elizabeth Davidson, who was the daughter of a former owner. When guests see the Green lady, she is dressed in a long flowing silk dress and she is quite sad and distraught. That sadness is picked up by everyone who encounters her, and they suddenly feel full of sorrow. Not many have heard the Green Lady speak, but those that have say that she continuously whispers the word “why” over and over again.
Tulloch Castle In Ross Shire, Scotland
Do you think that you are brave enough to stay in one of these haunted castles in Europe? You may have your doubts about the paranormal, but we believe that once you have stayed in one of these castles, you’ll be a believer as well.


  1. Berta Barragan
    December 1, 2017 - 11:51 am

    Hi, it’s hard to believe people actually want to live in these places in their vacations. Most couples or guests want to enjoy their holidays (me included). I would never think about living in these places. Even sleeping in street is something I can agree on. Too much scary!

  2. Kristine Palms
    December 1, 2017 - 12:33 pm

    The picture itself gives me the creeps. Let alone being there, but this places are also amazing in a sense they are part of European history, which we can learn something from it, its origin, architecture, purpose building it and the people who once lived there.

  3. Williams
    December 1, 2017 - 3:38 pm

    Sounds frightful! Can one really be in these haunted castles for long and leave unscathed? Personally, I feel frightened reading about these castles, especially the Ballyseede Castle in County Kerry, Ireland with its nurse from World War 1.

  4. Oliver T.
    December 3, 2017 - 9:38 am

    This would be a very fun destination for a quick family getaway. I’m a little skeptic so I don’t quite buy this whole ghost business but I do admit that it must be eerie to stay in a big old castle overnight.

  5. Vivian Sharks
    December 3, 2017 - 11:36 am

    So paranormal activities are actually real? I thought it was only a piece of art. Well, I wouldn’t love to visit such places. I don’t want to be terrified all in the name of visiting a castle. Good luck to those who will visit these castles.

  6. Jesse M.
    December 5, 2017 - 1:15 am

    Someone I worked with stayed at Tulloch last year and the pictures he brought back were just out of this world. I am not big on haunted places so I could care BUT the castle itself is STUNNING! I told him when he goes back, he better take me with him. The place has so much history. It is out of this world.

  7. ProlificAshley
    December 6, 2017 - 3:40 pm

    wow, I really like the Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland, I like the serene nature of the environment..It would be a nice place to be.


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