Take a peek at the castle in Wales allegedly haunted by its former owner

Gwrych Castle in North Wales was built in the early 1800s and abandoned several decades ago. Today, it is a tourist attraction of this region. The property, often used as a set for TV series and movies, is said to be haunted by its former owner.

Take a peek at the castle in Wales allegedly haunted by its former owner

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Gwrych Castle is one of the first attempts to replicate true medieval architecture in Europe. It is set on 250 acres of gardens and woods and has a view of the deer park and the Irish Sea.

Gwrych was built between 1812 and 1822 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh in memory of his mother’s family. When it was completed, he used it as a private residence.

As the years passed, the estate continued to expand and develop. When the Hesketh family lived in the castle, there were 128 rooms, including 28 bedrooms. The spacious estate is filled with hidden treasures from the castle’s long history, and the most famous “piece” of design is the castle’s marble staircase.

Gwrych became known as the main attraction of Wales where tourists come to experience a piece of medieval culture. About 10 million visitors have climbed the famous marble staircase over two decades.

The legend that Countess Winifred - a former owner and a powerful woman who invested in hospitals, art, and religion - haunted the residence also contributed to such attendance. People say her ghost is still stuck in the castle.

The guards, but also some visitors reported strange activities recorded in the castle, which is why many believe that it is really haunted.

The Castle owners, of course, saw the opportunity to use the infamous reputation, so they even organize Ghost Hunts. The ticket for this event enables you to tour the premises and participate in a "vigil". Namely, guests are divided into smaller groups and the lights are turned off. Vigils will take place in and around the castle using a range of paranormal equipment including dowsing rods and table tipping.

The castle was closed to visitors in 2020 due to the pandemic and is expected to reopen in 2022.

By: Sarah R.