Ghosts of Warkworth Castle

As the River Coquet bends through the English countryside, Warkworth Castle stands proudly above the river, protecting the village and townsfolk below. The town has existed since the 8th century, while the castle was built during the 12th century. Warkworth Castle has hosted royalty since King Edward I. The castle served as royal property until Edward III realized he could not successfully defend it, located so far from London.

Warkworth Castle


Located near the border of Scotland, Warkworth Castle was often the subject of conflict as it switched ownership numerous times between the English and Scots. Edward transferred ownership of the castle to Henry de Percy II, Lord of Alnwick, whose family would play a significant role in the future of Northumberland and England.

Warkworth Castle currently resides under the care of English Heritage. A castle with so much history usually has a few resident ghosts, and Warkworth has its fair share.

The ghost of Margaret Neville, known as the grey lady, has been seen wandering around one of the towers at Warkworth. The spirit of a young man has also been seen running along the castle walls. Despite the occasional ghostly activity, visitors to the castle are more likely to encounter an unsettling atmosphere residing therein.

As Richard tells the story ...

Its lower floors possess a distinctly chilling aura, and dogs show a marked reluctance to enter them; if they do, they become decidedly alarmed. Children entering its dark interior have also been known to fall under its strange spell, becoming silent and contemplative - which, for stressed parents at least, can be a welcome relief!

- Richard Jones