Haunted Cornwall

Many myths and legends abound Cornwall, from the
tales of the ghost of Merlin, said to inhabit a creepy cave beneath Tintagel
Castle, to the Beast of Bodmin Moor, accused of savaging livestock in the dead
of night to the famous tales of spooky pubs and haunts.  

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We have selected some of Cornwall’s spookiest
locations in order to help you get the very most out of our ghosts this
Halloween.

Bodmin Jail

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The historic Bodmin Jail 

Built in
1779 Bodmin Jail is an eerie place, it was known to be a dark, damp and rat
infested prison that housed well over its 100 people capacity. This maze of
towering walls, tight staircases and dark corridors housed everything from
murderous villains to petty criminals who were all sealed with the same
fate…. Public hanging!

People would
flock from miles around to witness this gruesome event and it is said that the
tormented & angered souls still linger around this ruined jail to this day.

During the
WW1 the jail held the state papers and the Doomsday book in hiding; the Crown
Jewels have also been given a safe haven here.

Now opened
as a museum, with exhibits re-creating the awful conditions in which many of
the prisoners spent their final days you can visit
the cold dank cells, look up at the thin rays of light filtering through a small
barred window and imagine being sentenced to even a week in such desolation as
you learn the stories of the inmates who served time.

If you’re feeling really brave you can experience
the jail’s overnight ghost walk.

Jamaica Inn

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Things go bump in the night at the famous Jamaica Inn

Famously immortalised by Daphne du Maurier the
Jamaica Inn is home to many tales of spooky goings on, in fact many of those
who have stayed overnight have reported strange incidents occurring. From
hearing conversations in what is suspected to be the old world Cornish language
to the sounds of horse and carriage pulling up in the cobbled courtyard
outside. Set in the middle of Bodmin Moor the coaching inn was used as a pit
stop for many cutthroats, smugglers and highway men and many past landlords
have reported sightings and footsteps of some of the villains and their victims
who are said to still haunt the Jamaica Inn today.

The inn has attracted the attention of ghost
hunters from far and wide and was featured on the popular TV programme Most
Haunted; the team said it was one of the spookiest episodes they had ever
recorded! So, if you’re in the area, we’d certainly say it was worth a look.

Tintagel Castle

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Famous ruins of Tintagel Castle 

Set on the
dramatic headland of Tintagel Island this once mighty fortress is one of the
most famous castles on the British mainland, said to be the legendary
birthplace of King Arthur it is long surrounded by
tales of fire-breathing dragons and white-bearded wizard’s and dates back to
the 12th century.

Although it
is now spectacular ruins you can discover the legend of King Arthur whist walking around this phenomenal vestige. Tales of ghosts are often told with
few claiming to have seen King Arthur majestically riding horseback.

Beneath the
cliff is a one of Tintagel’s best kept secrets Tintagel Beach. The beach is
home to the atmospheric cave known as Merlin’s Cave. The magician’s ghost
apparently haunts the cave to this day! You can visit the cave only when it is exposed
by a low tide, if you’re brave enough that is!

The Dolphin Tavern,
Penzance

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The Dolphin Tavern, Penzance 

More than
500 years old The Dolphin Tavern echoes the past with its aged granite walls, intriguing shipping artefacts, and
a warm atmosphere that makes you feel immediately at home. However all is not
as it seems at this historic pub! The pub is steeped in a long a colourful
history including smugglers coming in via the underground tunnels from the
harbour with contraband and hiding it in the upper rooms to English naval commander
Sir John Hawkins using it as a base while he was planning to do battle with the
Spanish Armada.

Known to be on of the most haunted pubs in Cornwall, at least three
spirits are said to reside within the Dolphin’s walls. An old sea captain who
wears a tricorn hat who wanders the corridors in the dead of the night, a
Victorian lady who flits across the main bar and a fair haired young man who is
often seen standing or sitting at the foot of the beds upstairs. Why not book a
room and stay overnight… if you dare!

Pendennis Castle

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Lots of
battles = lots of death = lots of ghosts!

Built by the
order of King Henry VIII in 1539 to protect the waters know as Carrick Roads
from invasion of Spain and France when the King fell out with them and feared a
naval attack would be imminent.

Even after the death of Henry VIII, Pendennis continued to
play a vital role in Cornwall’s defences throughout the late 19th and early
20th centuries. The grounds saw significant action during World War II.

It is
thought that many of the ghosts though who haunt the castle are related to the
siege of 1646, which lasted for 5 months before the surrender. Many staff at
the castle have told tales of seeing ghosts of females on the stairs and
piercing screams can often be heard throughout the night, as well as the sounds of children’s laughter and various residual haunts of
soldiers walking around. 

Do you have a favourite haunt that we have missed. Do you think you’ve seen something strange or had a dose of a freaky ghost? Let us know we’d love to hear some tales.