9 Creepy Castles To Visit This Halloween

Have some spooky fun in the Holidays
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DOVER CASTLE
CARISBROOKE CASTLE
Number One
CONISBROUGH CASTLE
CONISBROUGH CASTLE
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FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE
FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE
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Creepy Castles To Visit This Halloween

Are you looking for some spooky castles to visit this half term. To keep the kids entertained but also teach them a little bit about our history then check out this guide.

Are you brave enough to climb the highest, mightiest towers and delve into the deepest, darkest tunnels? Visit one of England’s historic places this Halloween and feed your imagination. With hundreds of years of gruesome history and bloody battles, castles are not for the faint hearted… See below our top castles to visit. 

I would highly recommend clicking on each site, they all have great activites on, including Battle renactments, sword making, jousting and much more – but each site is different so its important you visit each page to make sure whats on and when.

One

CONISBROUGH CASTLE

Yorkshire

Why we chose it

This impressive castle, with stunning views over South Yorkshire, still fires the imagination today. Don’t miss the chance to stand in the magnificent keep

Second

FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE

FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD CASTLE

Somerset

Why we chose it

Hear the intriguing, yet sometimes gruesome stories of the Hungerford family who occupied this fortified mansion in the South West of England for 300 years. If you’re brave enough to enter the crypt, you’ll find a burial vault which holds the best collection of human-shaped lead coffins in Britain. The coffins still contain the embalmed remains of four men, two women and two children, thought to be members of the Hungerford family.

Third

CARISBROOKE CASTLE

CARISBROOKE CASTLE​

Isle of Wight

Why we chose it

Feeling brave enough to take on the island’s haunted castle? Prepare to be scared as you wander around the site of many a macabre tale of times gone by including stories of how the occupants of the graveyard met their gruesome demise.

Fourth

DOVER CASTLE

DOVER CASTLE

Kent

Why we chose it

Roam through centuries of history at Dover Castle for an action-packed day out in the South East. Look out for ghostly projections of the inhabitants who lived in the Great Tower, descend deep within Dover’s White Cliffs to witness the secret wartime tunnels, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the authentic underground hospital.

Fifth

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE

FRAMLINGHAM CASTLE

SUFFOLK

Why we chose it

Feeling brave enough to take on the island’s haunted castle? Prepare to be scared as you wander around the site of many a macabre tale of times gone by including stories of how the occupants of the graveyard met their gruesome demise.

Sixth

CARLISLE CASTLE

CARLISLE CASTLE

CUMBRIA

Why we chose it

The site of Carlisle Castle in the North West of England has faced many sieges and bloody battles, making it an excellent site for spooky goings on. Venturing into the depths of the massive castle keep, you’ll discover the chilling ‘Licking Stones’ in the castle dungeon. The famous stones are said to have been worn smooth by the tongues of the poor prisoners licking the damp walls to get enough moisture to stay alive.

Seventh

GOODRICH CASTLE

WARKWORTH CASTLE

NORTHUMBERLAND

Why we chose it

Step into medieval life at Warkworth Castle and discover dark crypts, imposing stone walls and huge fireplaces where kitchen staff worked over bubbling cauldrons. Whatever you do though, don’t disturb the ghost of the Grey Lady, who is often seen wandering around one of the towers.

Eighth

WARKWORTH CASTLE

GOODRICH CASTLE

HEREFORDSHIRE

Why we chose it

Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles, but it’s seen its fair share of gruesome conflict. Pick up a free audio guide and hear about its eventful past during the famous Civil War siege and see the ‘murder holes’ built into the castle walls. It’s here where defenders are said to have thrown nasty things such as rocks and hot sand onto the heads of oncoming attackers.

Ninth

BOLSOVER CASTLE

BOLSOVER CASTLE

DERBYSHIRE

Why we chose it

Bolsover Castle in the East Midlands is said to be one of the country’s most haunted castles and you’ll certainly be spooked by its eerie tales. In fact, there are so many reports of paranormal activity that staff keep a special ‘ghost book’ for visitors to record their experiences.

As you can see there are plenty of spooky places to take the kids this half term, whether the children are 4 or 14 there is something to keep them entertained.

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