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Dunster Castle and its ghosts

Listed under Paranormal in West Country, United Kingdom.

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People have reported ghostly sightings at Dunster for years and years, but the most famous ghosts that are seen the most often are the Grey Lady and the Foot Guard, who wears a three pointed hat. These two manifest themselves as blurry shapes or faces but there are others who are less well formed and manifest with noise, chills, feeling of general unease or else in the form or bright floating orbs. The dungeons starved many and old stories said bodies were really left to rot so people didn’t get a proper burial which may be why they haven’t settled properly.

This is an old ruined castle and there are plenty of spine chilling stories about what’s gone on here in the past. In times of siege soldiers have been forced to eat their horses and even Cromwell was afraid of it and had it ruined. You can always tell something is up if animals are afraid and there are stories about workmen’s dogs wanting to spend days in the car rather than come in with their masters.

Psychics and mediums gather here all the time and even the National Trust has had it exorcised at the request of staff…

Written by  samesam.

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“Dunster Castle”

The current castle on the top of Dunster Hill is Grade 1 listed and lovely, but much of it was built in the 18th Century – so not as old as it could be seeing as there's been a castle on this hill since before 1066. Much of the furniture dates fro… Read more...

Written by  Becky Tomes.

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We recently visited Dunster Castle for a family day out. We are all members of the National Trust and have visited many properties. On this day, we took many photos and only on uploading them, we noticed that looking out of the top tower window was the unmistakable image of an old man/woman in white with a dark shroud covering part of the face. A spooky image really... Will try to email Dunster to pass on the photo for your 'ghosts' exhibition.

Regards

Stu

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Wow, that's pretty spooky… Have you looked into who it might be?

Ghost pictures, videos and stories

I am a volunteer at Dunster Castle and we are currently working on a project involving the castles ghosts were will we present photos, videos and stories. It would be really useful if anyone who had ghostly experiances or photos/footage and would allow us to use this as part of our exhibt contacted us either through the website, facebook page or by emailing dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Thank You

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Hi Abbie, Good luck with your quest, keep us posted on how its goes.

In the 1950s my family and I visited the castle, I would have been around 5 or 6. I remember going into a room in the castle and being absoltely terrified< I didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary, but was facing a large green painted door with a very large sideboard/chest thing to the right, I have looked at pictures of the rooms of the castle but can't find the room we had been in. My parents were very victorian so outbursts of emotion where unheard of, I can remeber being swiftly removed from the room,legs slapped for the shame of their child@s screaming tantrum. I've never been back to find out why, how or where but, quite franckly, I'd be too scared to retrace this event, does anyone know of the room with the large green door or have pictures of it or why I may have reacted so dramatically to it?

As a coincidence; I believe there is a strong conection to The Lutterell family, I do medieval reenactment and by chance was given a replica of the Helm shown in The Lutterell Psalter.

hello again, i wrote a review on the 1st October 2009 about my experience and picture of what i believe could be a ghost of Dunster Castle. I can't upload the picture because the format is too big.

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To Silvia, I have also took a spooky photo, when i took it in the castle gardens there was nothing there it was only when i got home and showed my gran who noticed a strange white figure, i imedatley uploded it to my computer to take a closer look i belive that she is the grey lady from what ive heard, i can just about make out a face of an elderly women, from description i have read about her, it describes her perfectly. Is your photo similar? im just trying to gather as much information as possible.

Steph aged 11

is this castles haunted

I'm doing a english projet on haunted castles and my shcool was wondering if you had any information about ghosts and also if you have schools to visit?

thanks natalie

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Hi Natalie - School groups can visit Dunster Castle, and even better, they're able to arrange a ghost tour round the castle and grounds. Tell your teachers they need to book though the castle. Good luck with your project.

is the stables haunted ?

has the stables got an eerie history ?

loved exploing old castles always have done , visited dunster yesterday, nothing out the ordinary, must say i loved the place, fascinating cant believe it was just handed over to the national trust after being in the family for 600 years, i looked around liked it ,fell in love with it . now it is just a sight seer, if only walls could talk, GHOST WALKS , WEDDINGS ! brilliant though, for the public to come and look around,i walked around hoping to see family of long ago residents of dunster castle yesterday,but, sadly no, 600 years ,i would have expected something. i left , feeling a little bit gloomy. i visited the stables on my way out , GLOOMY ? or what ? i turned to walk out and i felt two tugs on my jacket, what you doing ? i asked my husband, but he was no where near me , he was right up the other end of the stables. , i laughed , he asked me what i was laughing at , nothing i replied, i just had my jacket tugged and NEVER MIND !

the stables are definately haunted !

Ghost Hunts

hi i was wondering if the castle hosts any ghost hunts, i should be very interested in attending one if possible, please could you let me know thank yu

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I've sent a request for expertise out to one of our hauntings experts who will hopefully be able to help - so stay tuned...

I visited the castle back in April. When me and my partner got there it was still closed so we went for a walk around the gardens to take pictures around. We were looking at the castle form the hill opposite it and i thought i saw someone at one of the windows. Althought my partner couldnt see anything i still asked him to take pictures just in case.. we then went inside the castle and everything was fine but when i went home and checked the pictures i noted that there's a woman standing at the window where i thought i saw someone. She has a black victorian dress and her face is all blurry. i wonder if that's the grey woman? i am not sure beacause the dress is black! where could i upload the picture? i would like to read other people' opinion.i am not a big ghosts fan ( i get scary quite easily) so i am not an expert in this area..

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We'd love you to add your photo. When you're logged and on the page you want to add a photo to a button will appear at the top of the page allowing you to add a photo.

+I have also took a pic the same women in the grounds too!

Can you also add your photo to the site Stephie? Be great to see it. Thanks.

On our visit to Dunster this summer we had a possible encounter with the "grey lady". My family and I were in the crypt and took a photo of the back room and saw a blurred image on the digital screen. My daughter of 4 went out of the room saying "where is she?". We took another picture from the same spot and the picture was clear. My partner also had an uneasy feeling in there and didn't want to stay there. I'm not conviced that there was a ghost presence but somethings are hard to deny!

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Do you have the photo still? Can you load it onto the website so we can see it? Thanks - that would be great. I'm planning a trip to Dunster in the next few weeks...

Hi Heather!, I have also took a spooky photo, when i took it in the castle gardens there was nothing there it was only when i got home and showed my gran who noticed a strange white figure, i imedatley uploded it to my computer to take a closer look i belive that she is the grey lady from what ive heard, i can just about make out a face of an elderly women, from description i have read about her, it describes her perfectly. Is your photo similar? im just trying to gather as much information as possible.

Steph aged 11

Hi Heather,

I am a volunteer at the castle and we would love to be able to use your photo for a project that we are currently working on. If you still have a copy and are willing to let us use it, please send a copy to us via email at dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk or you can contact us via our website or facebook page.

Thank You

Also Stephie we would love to have your photo too. We havent heard many stories of ghosts in the gardens!

i visited dunster mid day 4th sep 2009..iwas taken a photograph outsid the cpyptthere was no one there at the time ..when i looked at the photo it appears i have captured a ghost on camera.. i am not a nut job this is not a joke .. it looks like a solder with no head just floating there .. very spooky

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Can you add your photo on to the website? I'd love to see it.

Hi Steve,

I am a volunteer at the castle and we would love to be able to use your photo for a project that we are currently working on. If you still have a copy and are willing to let us use it, please send a copy to us via email at dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk or you can contact us via our website or facebook page.

Thank You,

voice of a child by the river

while me and my family was playing in the river my auntie was videoing my cousin on her mobile phone. a couple of hours later she checked the footage she had recorded to find she had not only recorded my cousins but had also recorded the voice of a young girl singing quite loud so it must have been close to the phone but no one saw a little girl. the little girl sang 'want to get away into the night'. Any one with any information on a little girl living or dying in the castle would you kindly let me know on k.dyer.pembroke@vigin.net thanks..

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Hi Kevin

I tried to email you but it appears that your email address is not longer in use but maybe you will check this. I am a volunteer at Dunster Castle and we are currently working on a project that will see us having a permanent ghost exhibit of ghostly photos, video and stories. When we saw your post about the video of the girl singing in the garden we thought this would be a wonderful addition if you sent it to us and allowed us to use it.

As for information on a little girl dying in the castle - I dont know of one specifically but there was another story recently where possibly the same little girl was seen. She approached a gentleman in the leather gallery and had him walk with her all the way out of the castle before making him take her back in where they were met on the stairs by a lady dressed as an old fashioned governess who had apparently been looking for her. When the lady took the little girls hand they promptly both disappeared! Sorry I cant provide you with any more information then that.

Thank you,

Abbie

Through the eyes of a child

I recently visited Dunster Castle with my young family and neighbours. We toured the castle on the whole quite happily. The 8 year old and 5 year old were generally quite happy although became quite nervous in the Crypt - drafty windows and bad weather adding to fertile imaginations.

The reason I am adding my experience is because of the reactions of my 3 year old daughter. She thoroughly disliked the crypt, asking to be taken out and shaking. She calmed down for some more of the tour, chatting to the guides and looking round the rooms. We entered another room - I believe a guest bedroom- and once again she reacted dramatically, shaking, crying and refusing to stay in the room.

At the end of our visit we naturally visited the shop, she became edgy in here. Because she likes horses I decided to show her what remained of the original stables. This resulted in her most violent reaction, she sank onto the floor, started to yell and asked her daddy to carry her out. She took a long time to calm down from this event. It was only after we left the castle and arrived home that we had a chance to read about the history of this beautiful place, imagine my surprise and distress when everywhere my daughter became distressed was named as being a paranormal "hotspot".

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