Muncaster is one of Britain’s most haunted castles

Paranormal researchers visit this Cumbrian Castle to seek rational explanations of the strange happenings.

Many tales revolve around Tom Fool, aka Thomas Skelton, a powerful force at Muncaster. Tom is rarely seen, but his spirit continues to play tricks on family, staff and visitors.

Hauntings often occur in The Tapestry Room. Visitors complain of the disturbed nights, hear footsteps outside in the corridor, see the door handle turning and the door opening although nobody is there. A child is frequently heard crying towards the window end of the room and sometimes a lady heard singing, comforting a sick child. Visitors have also felt cold in the room for no apparent reason.

One story connected with the house is that of Margaret Pennington, a little girl, often ill apparently, who died in childhood at the Castle. Other stories concern the ‘Muncaster Boggle’ or White Lady who haunts the gardens and roadways around Muncaster. She is supposedly the ghost of Mary Bragg, a young girl murdered in the early 1800s on the road near the Main Gate.

If you wish to experience the haunted Castle for yourself, Muncaster offers one or two scientific ghost vigils each year when you can join a group together with paranormal specialists for an overnight exploration of the Castle’s ghostly residents, or overnight ghost sits, where a small group can spend the night in the Tapestry Room.

  • Haunted Muncaster Castle

    Ghost Vigil 16th April 2016

    Another night.  Good fun, quite interesting.  There are no such things as orbs!! Or spirits!!  You’re all mad.  An enjoyable night at Muncaster, lovely experience.  Never saw anything, good fun and would do it again. [...]

  • Haunted Muncaster Castle

    Ghost Vigil 15th April 2016

    Twas another wild and windy night ….  Again nothing to report.  I’m getting to old for this but at least I don’t look as bad as Ian Jason awoke with a serious case of bed [...]

  • Halloween at Muncaster

    Scientific Ghost Vigil 31st October 2015

    We loved the castle – felt really homely and friendly. The family are lovely and welcoming. Creak in the Library, footsteps on the stairs. Lovely location and would love to come back again.  Enjoyable and entertaining.  [...]

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