Chillingham Castle has been owned by Earls Grey and relations since the 1200s. Active restoration of complex masonry, metalwork and ornamental plaster has gradually brought the great halls and state rooms back to life. Dungeons and secret chambers have been found beneath the turrets and roofs. Antique furniture, pictures, tapestries, arms and armour are displayed in a mixture of medieval and Jacobean rooms. The gardens have been restored as partly formal and partly wild.
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"Putting the chill in Chillingham are a ‘spook’ (my new word for a group of ghosts), including the Blue Boy, whose screams some guests are said to hear emanating from a wall in the pink room (to up the goose-bump factor a child’s bones were discovered there in the 1920s). There’s also the ghost of Lady Mary; the white pantry ghost, a frail white lady begging for water; voices in the chapel (even when it’s empty) and eerie figures seen flitting around the courtyard at night. To make the most of this over-haunted escape, book a night in a four-poster and a place on one of the castle’s excellent ghost tours, which last two hours ‘depending on psychic activity’. Yikes."
"Chillingham Castle has a particularly gruesome history. Built over 800 years ago to stop the Scots from invading England, any unlucky captives were sent straight to the torture chamber located in the Castle dungeon. Legend has it a sadistic torturer, John Sage, took great pleasure in devising the most grisly methods of inflicting pain on his victims. Having tortured to death over 7,500 people, karma was restored when he was publicly hanged from a tree in the castle grounds in front of a large and fervent mob who took great pleasure in watching him die slowly as they literally cut chunks off him."
Information on Chillingham Castle , Alnwick
|Opening Times:||1 Apr to 31 Oct, Daily CLOSED Saturdays, 12:00-17:00. Groups (by appointment) all year.|
|Admission:||Adult £9.00, Child £5, OAP £8, Under 5 Free, Family £22.00.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||12 miles North of Alnwick, signposted from A1.|
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