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Spooky Places

Thanks to Yorkshire's rich and varied heritage there are numerous places around the county that have a spooky past. 

Scarborough Castle

This fascinating fortress has a 3500 year old history so its no surprise to hear of ghosts taking up residence within its shadows. There are tales of the beheaded Piers Gaveston haunting the ruins and trying to lure visitors over the cliff edge.

Treasurers House

Nestled behind York Minster you’ll find this magnificent former home of medieval treasurers for the Minster. One of York’s most famous ghost stories is centered around the cellar of this historical building when Harry Martindale witnessed 20 marching Roman soldiers emerging from the wall. Turns out the old Roman road into the garrison ran through where the treasurers house is now built.

Burton Agnes Hall

This grand Elizabethan residence was built by 3 sisters however 1 of them was attacked and killed on the grounds before the house was completed. Her dying wish was for her skull to be taken into the house so could watch over her beloved home. Unexplained activity by the spirit of Owd Nance (as she is affectionately named) occurred when the skull was removed so it is now buried deep within its walls.

East Riddleston Hall

This 16th century residence near Keighley has always had a history of paranormal activity. Shadows, misplaced objects and unexplained noises are a frequent occurrence. However, the staff at this popular National Trust venue are always quick to defend its spooky residents. They are of a friendly nature and are happy to share their home with its many visiting tourists.


Spooky Characters

Everyone loves a good spooky story. The question is, are they fact or fiction? 

Dracula

Over 125 years ago, a man by the name of Bram Stoker visited the stunning seaside town of Whitby and left with an idea that would change literary history forever. Inspired by the gothic charm of the town, Stoker went on to write one of the most famous horror novels of all time in the form of Dracula. Not only was Yorkshire the inspiration for Dracula but much of the action took place there too. The ship bringing the vampire to England ran aground on the windswept North Sea coast at Whitby and the most famous vampire of all time took refuge in the beautiful and romantic ruins of Whitby Abbey.

The Canadian Airman

The Golden Fleece Inn, a popular pub and hotel in the centre of York. It is thought to be the most haunted place in Yorkshire. At the end of the Second World War, a Canadian airman named Geoff Monroe spent a night in one of the rooms. He fell from one of the upper windows and broke his neck on the street below. No one knows if he jumped to his death or if he was pushed. Ever since, his ghost has been said to haunt the bedroom from which he fell and the surrounding streets below. 

The Ghost Choir

Fountains Abbey was one of the richest monasteries in medieval Britain. More than 500 graves of Cistercian monks and lay brothers have been discovered there so its no surprise that a ghostly choir has been heard chanting in the Abbey’s Chapel of Nine Altars. In nearby Fountains Hall a number of ghostly visitations have spooked a number of visitors. Built by Stephen Proctor, the hall is haunted by the blue ghost of his daughter. An Elizabethan man has also been seen emerging from the panelling in the stone hall.

Mother Shipton

Mother Shipton was born in 1488, in a cave on the banks of the River Nidd. Her nose was large and crooked, her back bent and her legs twisted. Just like a witch. As she grew older, her prophecies became known throughout England. She foretold the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the Great Fire of London She made her living telling the future and warning those who asked of what was to come. Beside her cave is the famous Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Millions of visitors come to the well to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone - as if by magic.