Our most haunted places

We look after many ancient buildings. So it's no surprise that some play host to a few ghost stories. Meet the headless phantoms, strange apparitions, tormented souls and one kindly spirit with a fondness for children.

From grand mansions to cottages, castles and follies, pubs and even a regency playhouse, the buildings we care for are many and varied. With some dating back to as early as the 12th century, they’ve plenty of stories to tell. Some may even be home to a ghost or two.

We’ve been working hard to reopen as many of our houses to visitors as possible. The majority of the houses listed below are currently open but please check the property homepage for further details and to book your visit.

Which places are open?

  • ​More than 135 gardens and parks are open in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays
  • Over 60 historic houses are open in England and Wales. Following the latest official guidance, all National Trust houses in Northern Ireland are now closed. If you book a ticket for an open garden or park, you may also be able to visit the house. Visits to the houses are limited to ensure safe, social distancing and so we can't guarantee you’ll be able to view the house on the day you visit
  • We’ve opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible
  • Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open and most don’t need to be booked

Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.

This grand Norfolk residence is home to the ghost of Anne Boleyn

The headless ghost of Anne Boleyn 

The doomed wife of King Henry VIII is just one of the ghosts believed to reside at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. It's said she reappears every year, on the anniversary of her execution.

Buckland Abbey, Devon, is said to be haunted by Sir Francis Drake

Is Buckland Abbey haunted by the doomed spirit of Sir Francis Drake? 

Did the man who defeated the Armada really sign a pact with the Devil at Buckland Abbey, Devon? And does his ghost still lead a supernatural pack of baying dogs?

Corfe Castle, Dorset, is full of ghostly stories and tales of murder

Treachery, murder and a phantom on the battlements 

A woman in white, believed to have performed an act of treason during the Civil War, is said to stalk the battlements at Corfe.

Croft Castle, Herefordshire, is reputed to be the most haunted house in the Midlands

'The most haunted house in the Midlands' 

The spirit of Welsh freedom fighter Owain Glyndwr is one of six ghosts said to still walk the halls of Croft Castle in the West Midlands. Those who've seen the spectral figure say he's seven-feet tall and clad in a leather jerkin.

Newton House at Dinefwr, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire

Echoes of a centuries-old murder 

Are reports of ghosts at Newton House, Carmarthenshire linked to a brutal crime of passion? People have reported strange sightings and happenings.

Please note, Newton House is currently only open at weekends.

Many ghostly happenings have been reported at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Phantom soldiers and a terrifying presence 

Floating lights, strange apparitions and skeletons found chained together in the dungeon are just some of the unnerving encounters experienced at Dunster Castle, Somerset. Who is the man in green and why do dogs act strangely around the gatehouse?

Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, is haunted by a phantom book lover

A haunted library and a bookish ghost 

The ghostly presence at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk is linked to a tragic death and an unquenchable thirst for the written word. The phantom figure has often been glimpsed in the library.

Ham House, Surrey, is thought to be one of our most haunted places

A woman in black and a haunted mirror 

Cold spots, the sound of footsteps and an inexplicable scent of roses have been reported at Ham House in Surrey. It's said that the sinister presence of a ruthlessly ambitious former occupant is at the centre of the paranormal activity.

Springhill, County Londonderry, is haunted by a friendly ghost

Haunted by a friendly spirit who loves children 

Stricken with guilt and grief after her husband’s suicide, the kindly spirit of Olivia Lenox-Conyngham is said to remain at Springhill, Londonderry. She seems particularly fond of children and has appeared to some of our youngest visitors.

Please note, the house is currently closed.

Treasurer's House, Yorkshire, is haunted by the ghosts of Roman soldiers

'By the look of you, you’ve seen the Romans!' 

The marching Roman military phantoms seen at Treasurer's House, Yorkshire, may be our oldest known ghosts. Many people have reported encountering the spectral soldiers in the cellars.

Please note, the house is currently closed.

Visitors stood on the bridge over the moat at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Listen to the National Trust Podcast: Halloween special

In episode 67 of the National Trust Podcast, recorded in 2019, curator James Grasby visits 500-year old Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire, to find out how the Tudors protected their homes against evil. James meets house staff who reveal strange relics of our past.

The cauldron at Lacock Abbey.

Cauldrons to coffins: creepy curios in our collection 

To get into the Halloween spirit, we've put together a selection of macabre and creepy objects from our collection to send shivers down your spine.