10 most haunted places in Northumberland

Winter's Gibbet at Elsdon.
Winter's Gibbet at Elsdon.
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Ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night – there’s no shortage of spooky spots in Northumberland.

Here is a list of 10 places renowned for their haunted happenings. Visit them if you dare!

Chillingham Castle, home to many a ghost.

Chillingham Castle, home to many a ghost.

Elsdon

The Redesdale village has a grim reminder of the past in the form of Winter’s Gibbet. It is said to be haunted by Bill Winter, the last man to be displayed on a gibbet in England. His body was suspended in chains after he had been hanged in Newcastle.

Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth

Named as the country’s most haunted hotel by The Poltergeist Society, the building is home to a gaggle of ghosts, including a phantom solier, a child and even a chicken. Ghostly whispers and the sounds of someone screaming have been reported.

The sign outside The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth.

The sign outside The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth.

Chillingham Castle

With a history dating back to the 12th century, Chillingham Castle has many ghosts. It even has its own paranormal team. The Blue Boy, Lady Mary, who wanders the corridors in search of her wayward husband, and a tortured child are all recorded.

Others include a frail figure in white which appears in the inner pantry, where the silver was stored.

In the chapel, beside the Great Hall, the voices of two men are often heard talking. It is never possible to follow their words and they stop talking if you make a serious effort to trace them.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

Dunstanburgh Castle

The ghost of the executed Thomas Plantagenet is said the walk the ruins of the castle, carrying his decapitated head. Other spectres reputed to haunt the spot include Sir Guy the Seeker and a lady in white.

Blanchland

The eerie figures of monks, killed by a group of bandits, are seen drifting across the grounds of the abbey, accompanied by the ghostly pealing of the abbey bell.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle

The ghost of a monk is also said to haunt the village’s Lord Crewe Arms, along with the spirit of Dorothy Foster which looks for someone to take a message to her brother who escaped to France in 1715.

Bamburgh Castle

Two female ghosts are among the sightings at the seaside fortress. A woman in a green cloak has been seen falling downstairs while the Pink Lady, believed to be the ghost of a woman who threw herself from the castle to the rocks below, returns every seven years.

Holy Island

The cradle of Christianity in England, Holy Island was the burial place of St Cuthbert. When monks fled the island in 875, they took with them the bones of the saint. His ghost is seen wandering the island. Spectral monks have been seen in the priory grounds and walking across the causeway.

Warkworth Castle

A phantom cyclist is often seen pedalling past Woodhorn Church.

A phantom cyclist is often seen pedalling past Woodhorn Church.

The ghost of Margaret Neville, known as the Grey Lady, has been seen wandering around one of the towers at 12th century Warkworth Castle. The ghost of a young man has also been seen running along the castle walls.

Cresswell Tower

The 600-year-old pele tower, built as a defence against the Border Reivers, is said to be haunted by a white lady, the ghost of a woman whose lover was murdered and who can be seen keeping vigil from the tower.

Woodhorn Church

The oldest church in Northumberland is the scene of an unusual haunting. A phantom cyclist has been spotted at dusk on many occasions pedalling along the road by the church. Dressed in worn pit clothes, he rides a black-framed bike.

And read what happened when Gazette reporter James Willoughby and friend Rachel Locke attended a paranormal investigation at The Dirty Bottles Taproom and Smokehouse, in Alnwick.