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Ghostly Ruthin Castle

Listed under Paranormal in Wales, United Kingdom.

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Delightfully enough, this terracotta-red sandstone Welsh castle, with its high, crenellated walls, huge moat and crumbling, ivy-draped ancient outer walls was once home to an axe-murdering wife, who slaughtered her husband’s mistress in a fit of jealous rage. That’s not the only grisly and intriguing altercation that’s taken place here since the iron age, when the peak of the ridge upon which the castle now stands was first used as a defensive fort. An Arthurian legend of violence and adultery, links with the mean old Sherriff of Nottingham who eventually defeated Robin Hood, tales of horror from the Civil War and dangerous Edwardian romances linger within this tangle of frequently altered and expanded walls, so you might say that the presence of a spectral soldier, echoing voices, ghostly footsteps, inexplicable drops in temperature and other poltergeist activity are hardly surprising.

Once you’re done exploring the narrow corridors, spiral staircases, dungeons, Whipping Pit and Drowing Pool, and you’ve eaten at award-winning Bertie’s Dining Room, you might take a wander through the acres of well-kept gardens and parkland, and maybe along the riverside woodland path at dusk, and perhaps you’ll glance back at the castle and see the Grey Lady roaming the battlements! The best place to recover is definitely the library – oak panelled and stuffed with Chesterfield sofas and a well-stocked bar.

There’s also a spa and a gym, and if you book in advance you can have a costumed medieval banquet or even a medieval-themed wedding.

Written by  larapiegeler.

Other expert and press reviews

“Top 10 Haunted Houses”

By Dixe Wills for The Guardian. First published 14th October 2008. ...Any castle that sports a Drowning Pit, a Whipping Pit and dungeons is asking to be haunted, frankly. Add the execution of a jealous wife who had murdered her husband's lover with an … Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Guardian, 14th October 2008

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how much is it to stay

as theres 4 of us wanting to stay 4 the weekend

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Rooms are priced at between £95 and £290 a night depending on the room. Contact Ruthin Castle website for the specifics.

Ruthin Castle

Ruthin Castle is the ideal place to stay when you want to tour North Wales, Mid Wales, and the North West of England. Nowhere can a visitor enjoy the 'Regal' splendour of the principality of Wales in such comfort or in such verdant surroundings as they can at Ruthin Castle. Ruthin Castle provides hotel accommodation, a restaurant and bar, medieval banquets, and the ideal location for your business conference or wedding and reception. Currently under ongoing decorative refurbishment, no disruption to the guests is expected.

Ruthin Castle

A red sandstone castle in a field of green grass, this is an old castle gradually modernised to make it more comfortable for the brides having their fairytale weddings and people to enjoy their medieval themed banquets in. It still has the shape of the 13th century design but inside it’s all windows and soft furnishings and playing medieval.

A Haunting Breaks Ghost Hunt at Ruthin Castle

Fantastic spooky Castle Hotel, great ghost hunting including table tipping, sceances and dowsing and divination.

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