Whether you are a believer or no, these noted haunted castles of Europe would definitely spike your interest…or shall I ‘spook’ your interest!!!!
What: Eerie laughter, singing in the middle of night, blood curling screams!
The “Spooky” Legend: This castle is said to be haunted by the youngest daughter of Earl of Charleville, Harriet who died tragically at the main staircase of the building. Harriet was merely 8 years old then. The visitors claim they hear eerie laugh, someone singing in middle of the night and blood curling screams. A few also claim to have captured weird images on their camera. The castle has been a top favourite amongst various paranormal investigators and has appeared on a few television shows, too.
What: Heart-wrenching cries in the middle of night, soft halo of light out of nowhere!
The “Spooky” Legend: I wonder if it is a coincidence that the name of the castle itself says “Chilling”-ham castle! Built in the late 12th century, at the border of two feuding nations; the castle is infamous for its disconcerting dungeons and torture chambers. The castle is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts, but the ghost of the “Blue boy” and “Lady Mary Berkeley” are the most talked about. The visitors have claimed to have heard a heart wrenching cry at midnight from the Pink room and a soft halo of light that appears out of nowhere. In the 1920s during the castle’s restoration work, workers actually found bones of a young boy along with fragments of blue clothing, post which the wailing cries stopped, but the blue light remained and is often seen in the mornings. The ghost of Lady Mary Berkeley, the heartbroken and deserted wife of Lord Grey, also is reported. People hear the rustle of her dress on the stair case!
Château de Châteaubriant
What: A ghostly procession can be seen at the stroke of midnight!
The “Spooky” Legend: Adultery, power games and murder! The medieval castle: Château de Châteaubriant is known for all of that and more. The legend goes that Jean de Laval and his wife Françoise de Foix, who was allegedly linked with King Francis I. Françoise de Foix died on 16th October 1537 under mysterious circumstances and is said to be killed by her jealous husband. Ever since then, on 16th October, a ghostly procession lead by spirit of Françoise de Foix can be seen at the stroke of midnight!
Berry Pomeroy Castle
What: People often claim to see a spirit with white feet and flowing hair rising from the St. Margaret Tower!
The “Spooky” Legend: If you thought castles was about princesses and theirs “happily ever after” stories, the spine chilling story of Berry Pomeroy Castle would definitely give you a jolt. The castle is said to be the home of the infamous ‘the Blue Lady’ and ‘the White Lady’. The Blue Lady, who was the daughter of a Norman lord, is often sighted wandering, mourning loss of her murdered child. People also believe that she beckons the passer-by for help, and whoever goes near her never returns. The “White Lady” is allegedly the spirit of Margaret Pomeroy. Margaret was imprisoned by her own sister in a dungeon, for they had fallen in love with the same man. Margaret’s sister was jealous of her beauty and hence, captured her own sister and imprisoned for nearly two decades. Margaret died a slow painful death due to starvation. People often claim to have seen a spirit with white feet and flowing hair rising from the St. Margaret Tower!
What: Not one, but five ghosts!
The “Spooky” Legend: One of the oldest castles in Ireland, Malahide Castle is said to be haunted by not one, not two… but five ghosts. Sir Walter Hussey was killed on the battlefield on his wedding day, his fiancée was rumoured to have married his contemporary immediately after his death. His spirit is often sighted with a spear wound on his side and passer-by often hear loud groans. The ghost of Lady Maud Plunkett is spotted chasing her husband in the corridors of the castle. The third ghost is that of a jester named Puck, who fell in love with a kinswoman. The jester was allegedly executed and his body was found near the walls of the castle, with a stab wound in the heart. He also appears in many photographs of castles since then. The visitors who have had an unfortunate encounter with the spirit of Miles Corbet, claim to see his armoured appearance fall into four pieces. The fifth ghost of Malahide castle is that of the white lady, who has her painting hung in the hall of the castle. No one knows who she is or the artist who painted her, but she is said to leave her painting often and seen meandering in the castle!
Where: Transylvania, Romania.
What: The spirit of Vlad, the Impaler roams around in the castle!
The “Spooky” Legend: One look at the castle and you almost recall the creepy story of the blood thirsty vampire, Dracula. The famous character of Bam Stoker’s horror novel was inspired by a real life account of a man with an equally disturbing penchant for human blood, Vlad, the Impaler. The legend has it that his spirit still meanders in the castle’s premises. Vlad III is said to have impaled (a method of execution) almost a lakh of people and is said to have his bread dipped in their blood. There are also stories of soldiers being brutally tortured and people claim to have heard screams through the thick stone walls of the castle. The castle also has a well, which was dug up by the 12 Turkish soldiers who were promised freedom, but were decapitated. “You may have water, you have no soul”, reads one of the walls of the well.
What: Heart-wrenching wails of a woman, and untamed dog roams around!
The “Spooky” Legend: Who knew the beautiful landmark of Scotland had such creepy stories buried in its walls. The castle, which has made an appearance in the Time’s ten most haunted places in the world, is reported to be visited by the Lady Glamis who was accused of witchcraft and was burnt to the death in front of her son. People hear heart wrenching wails of the ill-fated mother. A dog is also sighted time to time in the premises of the murky graveyard. Uneasiness, whisperings, phantom groping are often reported by its visitors.
What: Moaning sounds of the lovers can be heard!
The “Spooky” Legend: Another classic story of love, betrayal and execution. The gorgeous castle in France has over 200 rooms and is touted to be the tallest in the Loire Valley. The castle was bought by a husband and his philandering wife. The unfaithful wife tormented his husband by taking in random lovers. One fine day, the wife and one of her lovers, went missing. The husband was the likely culprit whose patience grew thin. Till date, the passer-by claim to hear the moans of the lovers and their ghosts seem to be forever trapped in the walls of Brissac Castle.
Castle of Bardi
What: A forlorn ghost looking for his lover can be seen roaming around!
The “Spooky” Legend: The castle was witness to the tragic love story of the Castle’s lord daughter Soleste who was deeply in love with the captain of the Knights, Moroello. An unlikely association, their affair was, but naturally, scorned by the castle’s inhabitants but continued to grow strong, until Moroello was sent to the battlefront. It was one ill-fated day of Soleste’s wait, when she saw a troupe of soldiers returning to the castle wearing enemies’ clothes. Assuming that her love has met an end, she threw herself off the Castle’s edge. The irony of the situation was, Moroello had indeed been one of the soldiers, who were returning home, but they had worn enemy colors to mark their victory. On learning about his beloved’s death, Moroello too killed himself. The ghost of Moroello is often seen wandering in the castle looking for his lover.
What: Banging sounds, eerie presence and the breathing sounds can be felt and heard!
The “Spooky” Legend: Built in the 13th century, the Moosham castle, has an uncanny past. The Castle is also notoriously referred as “Witches Castle”. It was the era when witchcraft had swept the nation and thousands of women were tortured and imprisoned. Visitors recall the instances of banging sounds, phantom footsteps, being touched and feeling someone’s breath on them.