Ghosts of Caernarfon Castle

Located in Gwynedd, Wales, on a peninsula bounded by the River Seiont and the Menai Strait, Caernarfon Castle was constructed by Edward I of England as part of his iron ring of castles to control Wales.

Caernarfon Castle has a distinct pattern of stone that make up the outer walls, resembling the walls of Constantinople that Edward saw firsthand during the Crusades. Edward used Caernarfon as his seat of power in Northern Wales. The castle was never fully completed as attention and finances turned to support the struggles in Scotland. Still, it was attacked a few times by the Welsh. It also saw action during the English Civil War when it was besieged three times by Parliamentarian forces trying to uproot Royalists hiding within the castle. Given its turbulent past, it is no surprise that Caernarfon Castle has some resident ghosts.

Caernarfon Castle


One is not the ghost of a medieval or Roman soldier, as one might suspect, but that of a woman. The spirit of this female and sometimes glowing phantom has been spotted floating through the air, down the castle's corridors. It has been reported that electrical equipment left at the castle overnight has been found tampered with upon returning the next day, often unexplained and ascribed to the Floating Lady of Caernarfon Castle.

There is also the ghost of a blueish white figure caught on camera in 2001.

As Richard tells the story ...

On August 11, 2001, an American tourist, Kristi Ormand from Dallas, Texas, visited Caernarfon Castle and climbed to the top of the Eagle Tower, where she took photographs of the castle interior. Although she saw nothing at the time, she was aware of "feeling a presence" but believed it to be caused by the history surrounding her. When she returned to America and began downloading her images, she noticed that one photograph showed a strange, white figure surrounded by a blue mist standing in a castle doorway. On closer inspection, she thought it looked like "a small king, with his scepter, a crown, and a cloak on." None of her other photographs showed the image, although it did appear on a videotape she had taken of the same doorway.

The photograph has since been the subject of animated debate among ghost enthusiasts. Some believe that Kristi may well have caught a spectral apparition on camera. In contrast, others attribute it to either lens flare or some reflective, though non-ghostly, object in the vicinity of the doorway at the time.

- Richard Jones