Castles can host many infamous and evil spirits. No matter where you are in the world, there is a very good chance that there is a haunted castle. Although the scariest haunted castles are open to visitors, they are not for the faint of heart due to the ghost images many people have seen. We have put together the 10 scariest haunted castles in Europe.
10. Glamis Castle – Angus, Scotland
Glamis Castle is located in Angus, Scotland and is considered to be one of the spookiest haunted castles. It is also known because it is the castle where the character of the same name resides in William Shakespeare̵
One of the legends pertaining to this castle is the Monster of Glamis. Thomas Lyon-Bowes, the heir to Lord Glamis, was born with severe deformities. He has been described by Miss M. Gilchrist as half frog, half man. It is believed that it was kept in a secret room inside the castle and was kept out of sight and possession.
Another story is the ghost of Earl Beardie. Allegedly, Earl Beardie was an alcoholic and known for his cruelty. It is said that Beardie and Lord Glamis were playing cards with the devil himself in a room that was permanently sealed hundreds of years later. Beardie’s soul was stolen by Satan and condemned to play cards for the end of the world. He is considered the most notorious of the nine spirits that haunt the caste.
9. Dunnottar Castle – Scotland
Perched on a rocky headland overlooking the North Sea in Scotland, Dunnottar Castle is a perfect tourist attraction for those curious about the paranormal. Because of its long history of bloodshed and violence, it is said that this castle is haunted by many ghosts. It is said that cries of pain and suffering can be heard throughout the castle at night.
Many visitors claim to have seen a ghost of a girl in a green tartan dress at the brewery. Little is known about this girl who has been dubbed the Lady in Green. Another ghost is a tall man who supposedly looks Scandinavian.
8. Bran Castle – Romania
Bran Castle in Romania is commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”. Although there is no evidence that Vlad the Impaler stayed in this castle, many people believe otherwise due to its high location on a ledge. In addition to the ghosting of thousands of people killed in this castle, locals claim that a strong smell of violets can be felt.
7. Warwick Castle – Warwickshire, England
The ghosts of Warwick Castle are said to linger to this day. The ghost tower and dungeon, where many people were tormented, are the main attraction for ghosts in this castle. The most famous ghost is a prehistoric figure nearly nine feet tall.
Another spirit is Sir Fulke Greville, a wealthy poet and influential man who was granted Warwick Castle in 1604. Greville never had a wife or children to inherit, so he made a small provision for Raph Haywood, his servant. Haywood was not satisfied with the small estate and stabbed Greville, who suffered from the wound for a month before he died. Sir Fulke Greville’s mind appears to be heading to a room that was once his study, and tourists have glanced at a shadow staring at them and felt its presence on many occasions.
6. Baron Empain Palace
The Baron Empain Palace in Egypt was built between 1907 and 1911. The history of this palace is haunting in itself. During the baron’s stay in this palace, his wife fell down the spiral staircase and unfortunately lost her life. Years later, the baron’s daughter died after suffering from mental illness.
Despite the fact that the palace has been empty for years, neighbors of the palace have seen windows open and close. Voices and the sound of moving furniture can be heard even in the middle of the night.
5. Dover Castle – Kent, England
Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Kent, England. This castle is said to have been haunted by a headless ghost who was murdered and beheaded while carrying a large sum of money. From time to time the ghost of a lady in a red dress also appears. Claims also state that doors close and open on their own.
4. Stirling Castle – Scotland
Stirling Castle is located in Scotland and is one of the most important castles in Scotland. The most famous ghost in this castle is the highland ghost seen in a traditional costume. An architect successfully captured the Highland spirit on tape.
Another famous ghost is the ghost of the Green Lady who is believed to be one of the servants of the Queen of Scots. Due to a fire in the Queen’s bedroom chamber, the servant died, saving Queen Mary’s life. She has been to the whole castle several times.
3. Fyvie Castle – Fyvie, Scotland
Fyvie Castle is located in the Scottish village of Fyvie. Like many other castles in Scotland, Fyvie Castle is known as haunted and cursed.
The skeletal remains of a lady were discovered behind a bedroom wall in 1920. It is believed to be the remains of Lady Meldrum, who died in the 13th century. Many have seen her ghost and experienced unexplained and bizarre events during their visits to the castle.
Another ghost is from Dame Lilias, who was married to Thomas the Rhymer. After the birth of five daughters, Thomas longed for a boy. His patience waned and he cheated on Lady Lillias, who later died of a broken heart when she found out about the affair. On the night that Thomas the Rhymer married his wife’s cousin, they found the words “D LILIAS DRUMMOND” carved in stone, which are still visible today.
2. Tamworth Castle – Staffordshire, England
Tamworth Castle, overlooking the River Tame, was built in the United Kingdom. The most famous ghosts of this castle are the white and black lady.
According to legend, the white lady was locked in a tower in the castle by Sir Tarquin. While on a mission to the rescue, her lover was murdered by Sir Lancelot du Lac. The ghost of the white lady was seen wandering the castle. The Black Lady is the ghost of a nun named Editha. It is said that her ghost attacked Robert the baron and his cries of pain were heard by the whole castle.
1. Oxford Castle – England
Oxford Castle is a medieval castle in the Oxford Shire, England. It is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the UK due to its share of dark history. The appearance of dark shadow figures was seen by one of the security guards and his dog. Days later, the dog sadly passed away, leading to the belief that it was scared to death.
Top 10 of the scariest haunted castles in Europe
- Oxford Castle
- Tamworth Castle
- Fyvie Castle
- Stirling Castle
- Dover Castle
- Baron Empain Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Dracula’s castle
- Dunnottar Castle
- Glamis Castle
List created by: Mariam Fahmy