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.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​

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Hear real life ghost stories from The Vyne

Dominique Shembry, Collections and House Officer, retells some of the real life ghost stories from The Vyne in Hampshire, a Tudor home with links to Henry VIII. From ghostly apparitions, to spooky voices coming from nowhere, these tales will send shivers down your spine.

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.

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.

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.

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.