If those haunted attractions don’t do enough for you, how about staying in a real haunted castle for a Halloween holiday you’ll never forget?
Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, England (Prices & Photos)
This medieval castle has been in existence for more than 800 years, so it’s not surprising that a few of its residents over the centuries decided to stick around. It’s widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in England, with hundreds of paranormal events being recorded here. There have been several accounts of odd moaning and whimpering sounds that are believed to be coming from a boy known as “Blue Boy,” who was reportedly locked behind a wall where his bones and bits of blue clothing were discovered. The ghostly sounds of a dress rustling along the stairs are said to belong to Lady Mary Berkley – she continues to search for her husband who ran away with her sister. Overnights are available all year round for those who hope to experience the activity firsthand.
Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall (Prices & Photos)
This spectacular Scottish castle is believed to be over 900 years old, though no one is entirely sure. It sits on forested hillside, and still retains many period features, like the restored original fireplaces, fine ornate ceilings and the 250-year-old paneled Great Hall. With such a long and colorful history, it has a lot of character and its very own resident friendly ghost referred to as the “Green Lady.” She’s been spotted so frequently, the castle bar is named the Green Lady Bar, and a portrait of a woman believed to be the Green Lady, whom in life was known as Elizabeth Davidson, hangs in the Great Hall. The traditional, antique-filled rooms overlook Cromarty Firth and the Black Isle.
Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, Ireland (Prices & Photos)
Castle Leslie is a breathtaking 19th-century estate for those who like their romance with a side of eeriness. It’s nestled on 1,000 acres of lush Irish countryside dotted with dazzling lakes and ancient woodlands, and offers organic treatments in Victorian treatment rooms, private movie screenings in its onsite cinema and a wide range of dining options, including picnic lunches and romantic dinners. The magnificent castle hotel is also said to be home to a number of reported spirits, including Norman Leslie, who has decided to make the Red Room his permanent home.
Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland (Prices & Photos)
This 13th-century castle in Edinburgh, Scotland is a renowned luxury hotel popular with honeymooners, surrounded by picturesque wooded parkland on the banks of the River Esk, but it’s also reportedly home to a number of ghosts, including Lady Catherine, the most frequently sighted. While you can expect an especially warm welcome, you may get a little bit more than that. When Lady Catherine was just a teen, she’s said to have locked herself in the top room of the castle and starved herself to death after her parents forbid her to see the young man she was in love with. She’s been heard on numerous occasions, tapping on doors, rustling her skirt and even sometimes pulling guest’s hair.
Ackergill Tower, Caithness, Scotland (Prices & Photos)
Tucked in the heart of the stunning Scottish Highlands, Ackergill Tower is considered to be one of the most exclusive castle hotels in the world. Set at the edge of the sea, guests can enjoy sipping whisky on its private beach and exploring miles of magnificent coastline. Over the years, members of royalty and all types of celebrities have called it home, and apparently at least one or two have them have lingered. The Keith family resided here in the 15th century, and they were feuding with the Gunn family at the time. Legend has it that the bloody feud included multiple murders on both side. Helen Gunn, one of the Gunn daughters, was abducted by a member of the Keith family and plunged from the castle tower in an attempt to escapee. She’s occasionally been spotted wandering the grounds and corridors wearing a long, red ball gown.
Dragsholm Slot Hotel, Denmark (Prices & Photos)
Built in the 12th century, many people have passed through the doors of this castle, including kings, queens and noblemen. There are reportedly more than 100 ghosts residing at what’s known today as Dragsholm Slot Hotel, though three of them make themselves known a lot more than others. The Grey Lady was a maid who never wanted to leave and checks in to make sure guests are comfortable, while the Earl of Bothwell was imprisoned in the cellar in the 16th century and eventually went mad – guests report hearing the clatter of horse hooves when no one is around, it’s believed to be the Earl in his carriage. The White Lady was a poor woman who was ordered to be bricked into one of the walls while she was still alive – she can be seen pacing the corridors late at night.
Liebenstein Castle, Kamp-Bornhofen, Germany (Prices & Photos)
For endless scenic views, romance and mystery, stay at Liebenstein Castle. Set on the edge of a hill above the village of Kamp-Bornhofen in Rhineland-Palatinate, this 14th-century castle hotel offers lots of medieval ambiance, jaw-dropping sunsets and a resident ghost. The Baroness of Liebenstein is said to appear at night on the spiral staircase.
Chateau de Marcay, France (Prices & Photos)
Many guests at this 15th-century castle hotel in the Loire Valley of France come to walk the scenic trails and enjoy refreshing dips in the pool, but others come for the paranormal activity. Guests and staff claim to have encountered the ghost of a beautiful young woman wearing a white shroud. As legend tells it, ladies of the Chateau transformed into werewolves after dark, and a farmer, accidentally shot one of them when he mistook her for a creature. Though he buried her in secret, she continues to make herself known.
Ross Castle, Oldcastle, Ireland (Prices & Photos)
Ross Castle, built in 1563, offers a much more authentic medieval castle experience in the Emerald Isle. A stay in one of the tower rooms is sure to be an unforgettable one, though it’s arguably not the best for peaceful rest. Guests have been known to wake up at all hours of the night, hearing voices or the sounds of doors shutting on their own. Some have even felt the presence of a spirit at the edge of their bed.
Castello della Castelluccia, Rome, Italy (Prices & Photos)
Rome is home to this medieval castle turned hotel. Castello della Castelluccia, set in the countryside just outside the city, is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts, including Emperor Nero, a local alchemist who was struck and killed by lightning. He’s apparition is seen on ghostly horses that gallop around late at night.