Have you ever wanted to spend the night in a haunted castle? Does the thought of chilling tales of medieval murder bring you a little guilty pleasure? If so, here is one of the most haunted, medieval castles in England that offers overnight accommodations.
Muncaster Castle: One of England’s Most Haunted
Muncaster is a 13th century medieval castle owned by generations of the Pennington family. In fact, the Pennington family still reside at Muncaster. Ravenglass, a coastal village in the Lake District National Park, in Cumbria, England is the home of Muncaster Castle.
Though noted as one of the most haunted places in the U.K., a visit to this castle is also a family-friendly experience; during the day. On the castle grounds are the World Owl Centre, Himalayan Gardens, MeadowVole Maze, miles of hiking trails, and much more for family fun.
Accommodations range from $109.00 to $218.00 per night. “Ghost-sits,” which allow up to 6 people to hold a ghost vigil in the Tapestry room for the night, are available at an increased price. The Tapestry room is the most haunted room of the castle. Sleep is not the main purpose when staying in the Tapestry room. A ghost-sit is an experience. Ghost-sits include a castle tour, a talk on the ghostly inhabitants, an evening meal, coffee in the room during your sit, and a full breakfast in the morning.
Noted ghostly inhabitants include Henry VI, a crying child, the “white lady” who is believed to be the ghost of Mary Bragg (murdered in 1805), and other dark spirits that have been noted appearing within the castle and in the Tapestry room.
The most infamous spirit haunting the castle is Thomas Skelton, better known as Tom Fool, who was a jester at Muncaster in the late 16th century. Tom Fool was also a noted murderer. Accounts of Tom Fool, and his “foolery,” include him sitting under his favorite chestnut tree (which still grows outside the castle today) and purposefully misdirecting people into quicksand where they would meet their fate. The headless figure of one of Tom Fool’s victims, a carpenter who had fallen in love with Sir Ferdinand Pennington’s daughter, also haunts Muncaster castle.
Don’t be fooled by the many activities provided for family entertainment throughout the property. Many accounts by former guests include extreme haunting experiences and have been described as “the most frightened they’ve ever been in their life.” In fact, a scientific research team has been studying Muncaster since 1992.
So come for the day, enjoy yourself, and then stay for a night if you dare. Just remember to never ask a man sitting under a chestnut tree for directions.