Ok, so if you live in the UK you’ve probably heard of it Warwick Castle and if you are one of the millions of visitors who have already experienced this 11th century castle, you will understand that it has been awarded the best castle in Britain by the Good Britain Guide in the year 2003.
What you may not know is how prolific the enchantments of this sprawling fortress are. With a history spanning more than 1,000 years that includes battles, murders, witchcraft and plague, it’s no surprise that the current building and surrounding grounds are a hot spot for ghost sightings and other paranormal activity.
I started running overnight ghost hunting events at Warwick Castle over 6 years ago and have been back no less than 40 times since then. Having the opportunity to spend the night within the walls of this foreboding castle in the middle of the night with only a handful of other ghost hunters is not only a privilege, but a daunting prospect. Plus, conducting vigils and spirituality sessions in some of the creepiest areas of the building, including the chapel, underground, dungeon, and mirror maze, is an experience you won’t soon forget.
So who are the ghosts that roam the Castle?
Well, with literally thousands dead in this very place, it’s impossible to know how many of those souls still lurk in this place, although there are certainly a few known “hauntings”.
Possibly the most infamous is the ghost of Sir Fulke Greville who was gifted the castle by King James I in 1604 and resided there until his untimely death in 1628. Murdered by his servant, Ralph Haywood, the ghost is said to de Greville pursues the castle to this. day and numerous sightings have been reported in the vicinity of the Chapel.
During an overnight ghost hunt, another paranormal investigator and I witnessed a dark, shadowy figure near the outside steps of the chapel. Our sightings were a few minutes apart, but when we compared our experiences there were many similarities, despite being on opposite sides of the yard. Could it have been Fulke Greville himself? The truth is, we’ll never know.
In other areas of the castle, there are reports of the ghost of a maid, believed to have died in the Great Fire of 1871, and ghost dogs have been seen on many occasions near the entrance to Guy’s Tower.
The castle has a long history dating back to 1066 and has links to many of the most significant events in English history, including the plot to place Lady Jane Gray on the throne in place of her rightful heir, Queen Mary And Joana’s trial. d’Arc, the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and, above all, the War of the Roses which lasted over 30 years between the House of York (white rose) and the House of Lancaster (red rose).
During a vigil in the “Kingmaker” area of the underground (where the War of the Roses is depicted with many wax figures), the war was mentioned during a session while everyone’s hands were tied. Moments later, a gentleman felt a tug on his jacket lapel and when the lights came on, he discovered that the poppy that had been pinned to his clothing was already lying on the ground. Was this a coincidence?
If you’ve ever wondered if ghosts really exist or if the paranormal is just something that belongs in Hollywood movies, then Warwick Castle is definitely THE place to find out for yourself.