Chilling tales for Halloween at Pendennis Castle

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25 — 31 October 2010

If you’re hoping for a spooky encounter this Halloween, look no further than a visit to Pendennis Castle. The site has many chilling stories to tell – here are just a few of the best…

"Captain Melville's Chair"
During a wedding at the castle, all the guests were sitting quietly waiting for the bride and groom when they heard the sound of furniture being loudly moved in the room above. Staff went up to ask for quiet, but found nobody there - only a chair moved halfway across the room. It is believed the ghost of Captain Melville (a governor who had lost an arm in battle) was dragging his chair to the window to watch the ships as he had always done in life.

"Ghostly Horses"

During the Civil War when Pendennis was besieged, the castle occupants were forced to slaughter their horses for food. The custodian's family have been regularly kept awake by the sound of horses' hooves outside, but upon investigation, no horses have ever been found...

"The Disappearing Woman"

Early one morning, workmen at the site saw a lady walking across the grounds to the keep. They ran across to let her know the site was closed, but upon getting closer they realised she was no intruder - she was walking at lower ground level to the present day site, and then as they stared in amazement, she faded away.

Pendennis Castle is open daily from 10am to 4pm during October, so why not see if they make a return visit for Halloween? For a special spooky experience, our Haunted Castle event (Mon 25-Sun 31 Oct, tours at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm) offers plenty of tummy-trembling activities to keep the kids happy. Or you could join one of our spooky-special, adult-only Haunted Tours (Thu 28-Sun 31 Oct, 7.30pm & 9.30pm) later on...

Find out more about the castle and the special Halloween events at www.english-heritage.org.uk/pendennis.