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 & Ghost Hunt Dates

Jun 2023Jul 2023Aug 2023Sep 2023
Ghost Hunt. Friday 30th June 2023 - 8pm - Midnight SOLD OUTGhost Hunt. Friday 28th July 2023 - 8pm - Midnight SOLD OUTGhost Tour. Saturday 12th August 2023. 7.30pm - 9.30pmGhost Tour. Friday 1st September 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Tour. Saturday 17th June 2023. 7.30pm - 9.30pmGhost Tour. Saturday 8th July 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Hunt. Saturday 19th August 2023 - 10pm - 2amGhost Tour. Saturday 2nd September 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Tour. Friday 9th June 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Tour. Friday 14th July 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmFamily Ghost Hunt. Sunday 13th August 2023. 5.30pm-7.30pmGhost Tour. Friday 8th September 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Tour. Friday 23rd June 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Tour. Saturday 15th July 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmMini Ghost Hunt. Sunday 13th August 2023. 8pm-10pmGhost Tour. Friday 22nd September 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Workshop & Hunt. Friday 16th June 2023. 7pm-10pmGhost Tour. Friday 21st July 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmFamily Ghost Tour. Saturday 26th August 2023. 5pm-7pmGhost Hunt. Friday 29th September 2023 - 8pm - Midnight
Ghost Tour. Saturday 10th June 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Tour. Sunday 9th July 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmFamily Ghost Tour. Friday 4th August 2023. 5.30pm-7.30pmGhost Tour. Thursday 21st September 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Hunt. Sunday 25th June 2023. 8pm-MidnightFamily Ghost Tour. Sunday 23rd July 2023. 5pm-7pmGhost Tour. Friday 4th August 2023. 8pm-10pmGhost Hunt. Saturday 2nd September 2023 - 10pm-2am
Ghost Tour. Saturday 5th August 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Hunt. Saturday 9th September 2023. 7pm-10pm
Ghost Tour. Friday 11th August 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pmGhost Hunt. Friday 22nd September 2023. 10pm-2am
Ghost Workshop & Hunt. Saturday 12th August 2023 - 10pm-1am
Ghost Tour. Friday 18th August 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Ghost Tour. Friday 25th August 2023. 7.30pm-9.30pm

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. Payments are accepted in GBP only.

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If none of the above dates suit and you have a party of 8 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!

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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