Chillingham Castle boasts some of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the country, with a large collection of spectres and apparitions spotted by visitors over the years.

The poet Longfellow begins an apt description of Chillingham with the following verse:
”All houses in which men have lived and died are haunted houses:
Through the open doors the harmless phantoms on their errands glide,
with feet that make no sounds upon the floors.”


Ghost Tours

You might be lucky enough to spot them during the day but for the best chance, you should visit the castle at night on one of our highly-popular, guided ghost tours – exploring the haunted areas of the castle and grounds.

Ghost Tour Dates

Friday 16th, 6pm (Family Tour)Friday 2nd, 11.30pm (Full)Friday 13th, 8pm
Friday 16th, 9pm Saturday 3rd, 8pmSaturday 14th, 8pm
Saturday 17th, 8pmFriday 9th, 9pm FULLMonday 16th, 8pm
Monday 19th, 6pm (Suitable for under 16's) Saturday 10th, 8pmFriday 20th, 8pm
Saturday 24th, 8pmFriday 16th, 9pmSaturday 21st, 9pm
Saturday 17th, 8pmFriday 27th, 8pm
Saturday 17th, 9pm (Full) Saturday 28th, 8pm
Friday 23rd, 8pm
Saturday 24th, 8pm
Friday 30th, 8pm
Saturday 31st, 8pm
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To Book: Call +44 (0)1668 215359 to check availability and for future tour dates.

If none of the above dates suit and you have a party of 6 or more, please contact us and we’ll organise a date to suit, wherever possible.
No refunds for cancelled bookings.

Ghost tours sell out fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment!



If you would like to delve deeper into Chillingham’s paranormal activity, why not attend one of our all-night vigils? The castle has its own paranormal team called ‘Chillingham Castle Uncovered’, headed by lead investigator and head ghost guide, Graham Burney.

Extracts from recent visitors in Chillingham’s Haunted rooms.

“I felt this hand on my arm.  It was a most friendly feeling and I believe someone was trying to guide me to see something”.

“My camera just would not take a picture of the orbs and lighting I actually saw.  Yet, when I developed my film, there were just those same orbs, but in different places and rooms. Literally, all over the place!”

“The guide told me not to be frightened, and funnily I was quite happy, even with the distinct whispering I heard in the King Edward Room”.



The White Pantry Ghost

In what is called ‘The Inner Pantry’, a frail figure in white still appears.  The silver was stored here and a footman employed to sleep here and guard it.

Historically, one night, when the footman had turned in to sleep, he was accosted by this lady in white. Very pale, she begged him for water. Thinking it was one of the castle guests, he turned to obey.  Suddenly he remembered he was locked in and no visitor could have possibly entered!

This same pale figure is seen today, and it is thought the longing for water suggests poisoning.

The Ghost in the Chamber

Not all the ghosts are those we see.  Some are merely felt as ‘Impalpable impressions on the air,’ as the poet, Tennyson, says.  There is this sense of something unseen, yet distinctly moving. It can be a chill, dark, creeping sensation, or maybe just an oppressive atmosphere.

Voices in the Chapel

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 one makes serious efforts to trace them.

Ghosts in the Courtyard

When the moonlight casts shadows of the battlements across the worn flagstones, it is positively hard not to see the shades and shadows come to life.

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