Denbigh Castle, Wales
Denbigh Castle is a historic place in the North of Wales, steeped in legend and thought to be extremely haunted. Denbigh Castle and its fortified town walls were built in 1282 following the conquest of Wales by King Edward I. Today the crumbling stone structure still exists and modern properties line the perimeter of its town wall.
Denbigh Castle is the scene of many ghost stories that continue to be told, prevailing to this day.
Haunted Denbigh Castle
Legend states that Denbigh Castle is haunted by a dragon, which was killed on site. It is told that a dragon slayer with eight fingers on each hand managed to finally slay the beast after many people had failed to complete the hazardous task.
Stories about fantastical beasts aside, many more human-esque ghosts are thought to haunt the area, particularly that of the infamous Goblin Tower. This looming, dark and dank tower sits along the perimeter of the medieval town wall. It contains a deep and ominous well, which centers heavily in the Goblin Tower’s first ghost story. It is told that many years ago an unfortunate woman who peered over the well’s wall with curiosity, lost grip of her small baby. The baby plummeted meters into the well and not surprisingly, didn’t survive the impact of hitting its bottom. To this day, many report hearing the sounds of a woman’s wails and cries coming from the empty Goblin Tower. It is speculated that this distraught woman has continued to grieve whilst searching for her lost child in the afterlife.
Another untimely death occurred within the confines of the Goblin Tower. Ghost stories state that the young son of Denbigh Castle’s builder fell to his death within the Goblin Tower. Some versions of his story state that his death was accidental, as he was working alongside his father on tall scaffolding. Whilst another delves into a forbidden affair the young man was said to have had with the landowner’s daughter. It is speculated his death may not have been accidental. To this day, many people have claimed to sight a young man’s face peering sadly out of the stone windows that frame the grey Goblin Tower.
Perhaps the most famed of the Denbigh Castle Goblin Tower’s ghosts is that of a white lady. Her identity and back story remain a mystery, yet many claim to have caught sight of her. She is commonly seen gliding smoothly through the Goblin Tower and along pathways which link up to the tower. Always described as moving effortlessly with a glowing white aura surrounding her, which accentuates her already flowing white dress.
Though majority of the ghost stories center around the Goblin Tower, there have been claims of paranormal activity occurring within Denbigh Castle. Shadow figures, disembodied voices, light anomalies and sudden temperature drops are all said to have occurred within the property.
It is no wonder why Denbigh Castle is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Wales.
Visiting Denbigh Castle
Denbigh Castle is a great location to visit when in the North of Wales. It is a picturesque site that manages to convey its own interesting history well to visitors.
Entrance fees are minimal and tours are self-guided. Make sure to check in with reception as you can put down a deposit for a key that opens up Denbigh Castle’s town walls. This is the only way to gain access to and explore the Goblin Tower.
If you enjoyed reading this article and would like to explore other haunted castle ruins in Wales, I recommend checking out Candleston Castle.
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