Ghostly encounters at Newton House

Torchlight tour around the basement of Newton House

Did you just hear footsteps behind you? See something out of the corner of your eye? Have shivers run down your spine? If you visit Newton House this autumn, don’t be surprised if these things happen to you.

Newton House is reputedly the most haunted National Trust house in Wales, the fourth in the whole of the UK. Why is this I hear you cry?! Let me explain…

The tragic tale of Lady Elinor

The most deadly story to come from Newton House involves a young lady named Eleanor Cavendish.

A supposed regular visitor to the house, Lady Eleanor met her untimely end in the children’s nursery.

Pursued to Newton House by a gentleman after her hand in marriage, she retreated to the hoped security of the top floor nursery, only to be followed by the gentleman and an argument ensue. The argument ended with Lady Eleanor strangled to death, some say using her own hair ribbon. The murderer is said to have been overcome with guilt and killed himself to be with Lady Eleanor.

Many visitors get a funny feeling when they enter the nursery; a cold sensation through their body, a tingling down their spine. Some even feel hands gripping their necks as if the murderer is ready to strike again. The nursery is not open to the public, it's said because there is no furniture in the room, but some of our House Volunteers suspect there may be another reason.

So look out on your journey around Newton House, you never know what you might see. Perhaps, like others, you'll spot the shadowy figure of Lady Elinor or the children that are said to haunt the corridors. Others say that a silhouette hangs from the top of the main staircase, the identity unknown.

Maybe you'll sniff out the ghost of Walter, the 7th Baron Dynevor who apparently smokes his pipe on a Sunday. Stand next to his portrait, you can smell the tobacco - but only on a Sunday.

Have fun…

Join us for our after-dark events at Newton House this Halloween. Booking essential.

Upcoming events

Feb Half Term: Top Trees at Dinefwr

Fri 22 Feb 2019
Ever wondered how to tell the age of a tree, or what sound a tree makes? Join us for our 50 things activities - Getting to know a tree!

Art exhibition: Toril Brancher

Fri 01 Mar 2019
...could the grass remember?

World Book Day Celebration

Sat 09 Mar 2019
Celebrate World Book Day at Dinefwr. Dress up as your favourite character and see if you can find all the bookworms.

Symposium: 'Progressive Landscapes'

Sat 16 Mar 2019
This event will bring together speakers from the worlds of architecture, art and academia to explore how creative practice can shape the experience and perception of place.

Mini Rangers Academy

Sat 16 Mar 2019
Join our Mini Ranger Academy at Dinefwr and learn all about what it takes to be a Ranger on a National Nature Reserve.

Mother's Day

Sun 31 Mar 2019
Treat your mother this Mother's Day to a cream tea in our café and a beautiful gift from our shop