Viking Ghost of Tynemouth Castle

Tynemouth Castle and Priory are strategically located on the headland along the North Sea and River Tyne.

Tynemouth Castle


The castle, built during the 14th century, has been referenced throughout history from the time of William the Conqueror to World War II, when the castle grounds were home to English gun batteries protecting the coastline.

Residing within the castle is Tynemouth Priory. It served a role in many key events throughout history. Tynemouth Priority also serves as the burial place for notable individuals, including St. Oswin, King of Deira, and King Malcolm III of Scotland. However, King Malcolm's body was moved to Dunfermline Abbey in Scotland.

Our story dates back to the days of the Vikings.

Long ago, the Vikings launched a raid of the area. A wounded Viking named Olaf was accepted as a resident of Tynemouth Priory by the monks. Olaf, who was nursed back to health, joined their monastery. As fate would have it, the Vikings returned to the same area to launch another raid. This time, Olaf's brother was among those killed. It is said Olaf was so grief-stricken by the death of his brother that he died while praying in the chapel.

Olaf's ghost has often been seen wandering the castle grounds looking out onto the sea on lovely breezy days when the wind comes in off the water.