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Prepare for an unparalleled journey into the chilling world of the paranormal at a Dudley Castle Ghost Hunt —a place where history’s shadows intertwine with spine-tingling tales. Step within the enigmatic walls of this 11th-century castle, located at the heart of Dudley in the captivating Black Country of the West Midlands. Provided by the excellent Haunted Houses Events
Experience the Unseen: Dudley Castle Ghost Hunting
- Live in hope of encountering some of the most chilling and bewildering paranormal activity.
- Discover a place renowned as one of the most haunted locations in the region and beyond.
- Trace back the history to the Domesday era of 1086, where the castle’s legacy began.
Journey into the Mists of the Past:
Within the sprawling 40 acres that also house Dudley Zoo and Gardens, Dudley Castle stands as a testament to centuries gone by. The Dudley Zoological Society’s roots date back to 1935, with the gardens welcoming visitors in 1937. Dudley Castle’s prominence within the town and its reputation for hauntings make it a realm ripe for exploration.
Thrilling Encounters Await:
- Capture ghostly figures on camera, bearing witness to eerie apparitions.
- Testimonials of touched, watched, and even stone-targeted visitors attest to the intensity of the experience.
- Engage in ghost hunting experiments—Ouija Boards, table tipping, glass divination—and venture into watchful vigils.
Your Spectral Sojourn: Dudley Castle Ghost Hunt
- Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee to keep your courage up.
- Equip yourself with cutting-edge ghost hunting gear including EMF Meters and K2 Meters.
- Engage in a variety of experiments, from glass divination to Ouija Boards.
- Dive into the dark together, guided by experienced investigators.
Unveil the Unknown:
- Venture into solitary investigations during free time.
- Participate in séances and ghost hunting vigils within intimate groups.
- Brace for the unexpected—the supernatural activity can be nothing short of astonishing.
- Explore local hotels for your convenience.
- Regretfully, the castle’s structure renders it inaccessible to wheelchairs.
- Torches are a must for navigating the castle’s shadowy corners.
- Attire should be both sensible and warm, especially in colder weather.
- Secure your place early—bookings are non-refundable.
- For adults (18+) or accompanied 16-year-olds with a guardian.
- Familiarize yourself with our booking terms before confirming.
- Embark on a journey like no other—one that intertwines history with the ethereal, leaving indelible memories. Dudley Castle’s enigmatic aura awaits your presence. Reserve your place now!
Dudley Castle, regarded as one of the most haunted castles in the UK, was first visited in 1870 by Harry Bentham, a collector of ghost stories. It is said that during his visit, he encountered two elderly people in 17th or 18th century clothes, arm-in-arm and with a crooked walking stick and tall hat, who then vanished. Other reports include those from staff working in the castle’s undercroft who claim to have heard strange moans, icy blasts of air and doors opening and closing on their own.
Furthermore, a hooded figure has been spotted in the castle grounds and a monk is said to appear in the chapel above the undercroft. Many believe the stone coffin in the undercroft held the body of Lord John Somery and that people have reported seeing legs beside it, as well as having the sensation of being tugged or prodded. In addition, people have also reported hearing voices, leading some to wonder if conversations from the past are still being heard.
Lastly, a local legend of an old witch committing suicide from the battlements by jumping from them is also present in the castle. She is said to wear sackcloth and a grey shawl with her feet wrapped in sacking. On top of this, another well-known apparition, The Grey Lady, believed to be the spirit of Dorothy Beaumont, a woman who passed away in the castle during a siege by Parliamentary forces, is often spotted in the castle. Finally, a little Civil War drummer boy, killed by a single musket bullet in the 17th century, has been heard banging his drum, bringing a haunting and unfortunate ambiance to the area. Beware – it is said to be bad luck to come across him.
Dudley Castle has an impressive history that can be traced back to shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066 when it was first built with wood. It was eventually rebuilt with stone in order to make it stronger, and proved its worth during a siege in 1153 led by King Stephen. However, after Gervase Paganel took part in a failed rebellion against King Henry II in 1173, the castle was demolished on the King’s orders.
Rebuilt in the late 13th century, Dudley Castle featured a stunning keep, a main gate, a chapel and a great hall. Numerous high-profile visitors have come to see the castle, including the notorious Queen Elizabeth I.
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- (Arrive for 8:45 pm)
- This is a ticketless event, please sign in on arrival
- Free time to explore or investigate is offered at this location
- You may hold your place with a £20 deposit, and pay your balance four weeks before your event
- Feel safe! Hosted by a friendly, genuine, safety conscience, and knowledgeable team of experienced people
- Experience the atmosphere! Enter one of the UK’s most haunted buildings, communicating with its resident spirits and ghosts in the dark
- Honesty is our only policy! This is a real ghost hunt experience. There is no faking or trickery of paranormal activity. If it happens, then it is for real!
- Teamwork! Your ghost hunt will be run in a small and personal group giving you maximum involvement
- Be hands on! You will have access to everything you need to conduct your experiments throughout the night – no sharing equipment with other groups or waiting around
- Don’t be disturbed! Exclusive night-time access to the location for your overnight ghost hunt
- Learn about various ghost hunting techniques and try them out for yourself on your investigation or share any knowledge you already possess to aid the investigation
- Discover more about the high-tech ghost hunting gadgets. Many as seen on T.V, hold them in your hands and freely use them
- Take part! Help to lead a scientific vigil, or perhaps a more traditional ghost hunting experiment- or simply just be an observer. The choice is yours
- Working respectfully. Start your evening by learning how to apply spiritual protection, and work using the upmost respect for the sprits we encounter and fellow guests
- All attendees must be 16 years or older
- Not suitable for those in pregnancy
- This is a very dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them
- All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes and warm layered clothing
- This location has free parking, A private car park is to the front of the building
- Refreshments are provided by Haunted Houses Events and are included in the price
- Guests may also bring own personal breaktime snacks
- This is not a sleepover event
- This location is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with mobility issues
£55.00 Per Person
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Saturday 11th Nov 2023
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Went to Dudley Castle 11th august, amazing night, staff was great got everyone involved, we explored the grounds in groups of 8, took a few pics, not much went on in the cottage few words came out of the device, went in chapel did table tipping and Ouija board good amount of activity in there lots of fun, didn’t like museum, my friend had a bad experience and got pushed by a bad energy in there, the staff were very caring and helpful with her,
Really enjoyed our Dudley Castle ghost hunt with haunted houses, well run and spooky fun.
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Dudley Castle Ghost Hunt Dudley West Midlands
Dudley Castle Ghost Hunt
Dudley Castle in the heart of the Black Country in the West Midlands is frequently in the national press for its haunted tales so Haunting Nights have just got to take you there.
The Castle is often referred to as one of the most haunted Castles of its era in the Midlands and some say even the world itself.
Probably the most famous ghost of Dudley Castle is The Grey Lady who has frequently been seen by staff and visitors and even been captured on photographs her favourite haunt seems to be in the castle ruins.
During the night you will have the opportunity to use various methods of ghost hunting to include Victorian seances, Ouija boards, table tipping and glass moving as well as the more up to date methods, Working alongside the Haunting Nights Team we will have you covered for your paranormal experience .
Haunting Nights looks forward to welcoming you to this very haunted location.
Ghost Hunt are for the ages of 18 & over.
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During your night you will be taking part in various methods of Ghost Hunting to include Ouija boards, table tipping, glass divination, Psychic seances and along with modern day ghost hunting techniques.
Tea/coffee and squash along with crisps and biscuits will be available.
Wear warm layered clothing as it gets cold throughout the night.
Wear flat gripped footwear.
The entrance to the castle is via a gate at the back of the Fellows Arms car park the gate will be open from 8:45pm you will be directed to the parking within the castle grounds
The Car Park at The Fellows is now managed, please arrive at 8:45pm and you will be guided straight through this car park and up to the castle
If you arrive earlier than 8:45pm you will be liable for parking charges
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- Castle Hill, Dudley, England DY1 4QF
- 8:30pm - 2am
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Dudley Castle in the west midlands was originally built around 1071 when William the Conqueror was creating a ring of Castles around Staffordshire, Salop, Cheshire and North Wales. Its a classic example of a motte and bailey Castle (the motte being the mound on which the keep stands and the bailey being the flat area within the curtain wall).
The keep was rebuilt again in the 13th Century and this is the Castle keep you see today in ruins, which was square with a round tower on each corner.
During the middle of the 16th Century the living areas were rebuilt as a Renaissance Palace (The Sharrington Range), by John Dudley, Lord of Dudley and Duke of Northumberland, the most famous Earl/Lord at the Castle. He was later beheaded by the order of Queen Mary I for hatching the ill-fated plot to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne.
During the Civil War the Castle was a Royalist stronghold but surrendered in 1646 after a Parliamentary siege. This was when the keep and the gate house were sleighted or pulled down, so the Castle could not be used as a fortification any longer.
The most well known ghost of Dudley Castle is that of the Grey Lady who is regularly seen walking the grounds of the castle, the grey lady is often seen by staff and visitors. There has also been an apparition of a little boy who is believed to be a drummer boy from from the civil war, many have also reported hearing the sound of drumming coming from within the castle grounds. The undercroft is also known for its spooky goings on and and many people reporting being touched and grabbed by unseen hands.
Will you be brave enough to take part in an overnight ghost hunt at Dudley Castle?
- Work in smaller and more personal groups
- Take part in a variety of activities such as Seances and more
- Access to ghost hunting equipment such as K-II, trigger objects, ghost meters, EDI’s etc.
- Opportunities to conduct lone vigils for those feeling brave
- A friendly and experienced team of investigators offering help and advice throughout the night
- Qualified first aider present
- Tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits included in the cost
Tea, coffee, juices and light snacks provided during this event at the scheduled break times, to help the environment we ask you bring your own travel mugs for your drinks.
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Dudley castle dudley , west midlands, dudley castle located in the west midlands is a site full of fascinating history lasting more than a thousand years, with changing families, royal and noble connections, a fearsome fire and many accounts of ghost sightings. from the apparition of dorothy beaumont also known as the grey lady, and ghostly hooded monks, to male presences and loud taps, bangs and footsteps. are you brave enough to investigate the paranormal here on castle hill .
Dudley Castle was built in 1070 by Ansculf de Picquigny, but according to antiquarian William Camden, a wooden castle or fort was built here in circa 700 AD by a Mercian Duke named Dodo or Doddo.
Ansculf was a French Baron who came over to England with William the Conqueror in 1066. He was granted permission to build the first castle here in 1070. The Domesday Book records Ansculf's son William possessing the castle. The only remains of this original castle is the motte that the present-day Keep stands on. In the early 1100s the Castle went into possession of the Paganel family, who built the first stone castle on this site. The Castle was strong enough to hold off a siege in 1136 against King Stephen's forces, but a short time after, Gervase Paganel was involved in a failed rebellion against King Henry II, and the stone castle was slighted (demolished) as a result.
The next dynasty at Dudley Castle would be the Somery family, when Gervase's nephew Ralph de Somery I succeeded him in 1194. In 1262, Roger de Somery II began construction of the second stone castle, but by the time of his death 10 years later, the castle was far from completion. Construction continued into the 14th Century, and the Keep and Gatehouse we see today dates back to this period. The Somery male line ended in 1321 when John Somery died. It is thought the Castle was finished by this date. The Castle went into possession of John's sister Margaret and her husband John de Sutton, and their family members subsequently took on the surname of Dudley. Margaret and John possessed the Castle for a good few years, but was soon seized from them by Hugh Despenser the Younger, a favourite of King Edward II. Hugh Despenser only hand the Castle for about a year, until Edward II fell from power and Margaret and John returned here in 1327. A Chapel and Chamber was added to the Castle during the ownership of their son Sir John de Sutton II. After his death, the land passed on to his wife Isabel, who was the daughter of John de Charlton, 1st Baron Charlton of Powys, until her death in 1397.
During the Tudor period in 1532, another John Sutton is documented as inheriting the Castle and land, but was ousted in 1537 by one of his relatives John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland. John Dudley was the great-grandson of John Sutton, 1st Baron Dudley, and rose to prominence during the reign of King Henry VIII. Around 1540, he ordered a new range of buildings within the Castle walls, architected by William Sharington who was influenced by the Italian Renaissance. Therefore these new buildings were referred to as the Sharington Range.
In 1553, the boy King Edward VI died, and in his Will he nominated Lady Jane Grey (sometimes called Lady Dudley) as his successor to the throne. Jane was the great-granddaughter of Henry VII, and married in May of the same year to Lord Guildford Dudley, the younger son of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland. John supported Jane as Queen of England, but when she was arrested and later executed at the Tower of London in February 1554 along with her husband, John Dudley was also executed for treason on 22nd August 1553. The Castle returned to the Sutton family during the reign of Queen Mary I, under the ownership of Edward Sutton, 4th Baron Dudley. On 11th August 1575, Queen Elizabeth I visited Dudley Castle, and a decade later it was greatly considered as a possible place of imprisonment for Mary Queen of Scots. However, the Sutton family weren't to live here for much longer, as Edward's son Edward Sutton III was the last of the male line to possess the Castle after falling into financial difficulties, and marrying off his granddaughter and heiress Frances Sutton to Humble Ward, the son of a wealthy Goldsmith.
Amidst the English Civil War, Dudley Castle was a Royalist stronghold and was garrisoned by Colonel Thomas Leveson. The Castle was besieged by Parliamentary forces in 1644, and eventually surrendered on 13th May 1646. The Castle was then partly slighted once more, to prevent the fortifications being used again, and it's the ruins of the Keep and nearby areas that we see today. Some of the habitable buildings remained and were occasionally used by the Earls of Dudley.
A stable block was constructed on the site some time before the year 1700, and would be the final building to be constructed in the Castle. In 1750, terror arose when a huge fire broke out at the Castle, destroying most of the habitable buildings. In the 19th Century the site became known as a 'Romantic Ruin', and the Earls of Dudley spent plenty of years tidying and clearing the site up of debris. Battlements were reconstructed on one of the remaining towers of the Keep, and two cannons captured during the Crimean Wars were installed. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the site was used for gatherings and pageants, and in 1937, the Dudley Zoo was established, with the Castle grounds incorporated into the Zoo. On 24th June 1994, Queen Elizabeth II visited Dudley Castle.
On 31st October 2002, the first ever Most Haunted Live took place at Dudley Castle, featuring the likes of Yvette Fielding, Derek Acorah and Richard Felix, with about 500 avid fans seated on the central grounds.
GHOSTS & HAUNTINGS
Dudley castle is one of the most haunted locations in all of the uk. over 1,500 ghost sightings have been reported here of the past century, and with the castle's rich and enchanting history, it's easy to see why. dudley castle's most famous ghost is that of the grey lady, strongly believed to be dorothy beaumont, a woman who lived in the castle and died on 26th april 1646. she walks the castle grounds and is often seen around halloween. she has been generally seen on the steps by the tower keep and also in the ruins of the kitchen area. there are a couple of stories as to how she died: one story says she died in childbirth, while another story says that she committed suicide by hanging herself off the tower keep with her black cat also found dead below her. ghost hunters throughout the years have captured grey mists and even her full-bodied apparition. in the undercroft, formerly the castle's crypt, disembodied voices are heard, and the ghost of john de somery haunts this room, sending investigators and visitors running and screaming out the door. interestingly the undercroft houses two stone coffins, with one being broken in two pieces. one ghost story occurred on a busy bank holiday many years ago, when a cleaner came into the undercroft to hoover up, as this room was carpeted. as she knelt down to hoover, she looked up and saw a pair of legs wearing big black boots. the poor lady was so frightened she didn't stick around to watch the whole apparition develop and scarpered out the door terrified and shook. was this john de somery making his presence known ghostly monks dressed in black cloaks have been seen wandering the castle grounds, with one account saying a group of monks were seen walking together with their hooded heads facing down. nearby the castle was an old cluniac priory, and this is why these apparitions are sometimes seen. in the cottage, the ghosts of a two females and a male have been sensed and acknowledged here. there is a factual story of a young daughter who was pregnant out of wedlock, who was strangled to death by her father in the cottage to avoid shame being put on the family. after he committed this horrific murder, he then hanged himself in the cottage, and his sister also hanged herself, unable to come to terms of what her brother had done. all three are believed to haunt the cottage, which is now used as the castle's main office. in the castle creatures and history rooms (sharington range), taps and loud bangs are commonly heard in those areas, with footsteps walking above despite the fact there's no floor above, only ruins. dark shadows are reported on site too. where the sand pit area is near the cottage, that was the site of a plague pit dated back to the 14th century. also the site was used for mining limestone which makes up most of the castle ruins, and many men would've died from stone collapse and other means. , your ghost hunt experience, your night of ghost hunting with brookes paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. here at dudley castle, you will get to investigate the undercroft, the tower keep, the castle creatures and history rooms, the castle courtyard, the gatehouse and cottage, and the kitchen (unfortunately due to stone fall, the kitchen is currently off limits). our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal inve stigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. we welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family. this is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. we believe that if activity happens, it happens for real. on your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. you will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments. while we encourage everyone to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like ouija boards and the estes method if you don't want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use. you will also have a couple of breaks throughout the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks. , your event includes, group photo of all guests which gets published to our page, small group extended vigils, refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates, bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars, full use of ghost hunting equipment like k2s, emf meters, rem pods, mel meters, spirit boxes, cat balls, motion detectors, dowsing rods, laser grid pens, itc apps and sls cameras, paranormal experiments like ouija boards, glass divination, table tipping, s é ances, estes method and human pendulum, an introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques for guests new to the paranormal, please note before booking, all attendees must be 18 years or older, heavily pregnant women are not allowed on these events, this location is not wheelchair accessibl e, this location has no sleepover facilities, we operate a strict no alcohol/drugs policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs , you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - no refunds, all attendees m ust bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions, sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions, in the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses, history tours are provided at this location courtesy of the castle staff, ouija boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them, please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable four weeks prior to the event date, address, event times & parking, address: dudley zoo and castle, castle hill, dudley, west midlands, dy1 4qf, event times: 9:00pm - 3:00am (arrive at 8:45pm and wait at the green gates behind the fellows pub until a member of staff is there), the fellows pub car park, car parking via zoological drive, local street parking, please note parking charges may apply..
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The Hauntings of Dudley Castle
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Dudley Castle is regarded as one of the most haunted castles in England and perhaps the world. Many spirits have been reported here for hundreds of years. Perhaps the most famous of all the ghosts here is that of the Grey Lady, believed to be the spirit of Dorothy Beaumont.
She lived in the castle for a time and gave birth to a daughter there. Unfortunately, the daughter died during childbirth, and various complications led to Dorothy’s death shortly after.
She is said to wander around the castle and its grounds, believed to because her requests on her death bed were not granted. She asked to be buried beside her daughter and that her husband attend the funeral. Because neither occurred, Dorothy continues to be tormented to this day and therefore cannot rest.
The ghost of Dorothy can often be seen near the Castle Keep and in the pub that was named after her on the castle grounds, the Grey Lady Tavern. Since opening, there have been many reports here, mostly of unexplained sounds, alarms going off in the middle of the night without explanation, and extreme drops in temperature that’s often accompanied by a strange blue mist that floats through the bar.
The Chapel Undercroft
The most haunted location in the castle is thought to be the chapel undercroft. In an Ancient Room, a stone coffin is believed to have once held the body of one of the most castle’s most feared Lords, John Somery. On many occasions, people have reported seeing legs beside the coffin, believed to be John himself.
Other reports include people having the feeling of their clothes being tugged at and their bodies prodded. On one particular occasion, the little girl flipped over a chair during a paranormal investigation.
On another investigation, a dark shadowy figure was captured on camera. People have also reported strange grinding sounds coming from the chapel above, and, on investigation, the sounds cease.
The Little Drummer Boy
Another famous ghost of Dudley Castle is that of a Civil War drummer boy. He was killed during a skirmish by a single bullet from one of the most inaccurate firearms invented, the 17th Century musket! He’s heard many times at night, banging away on his drum in various drum rolls as if in battle. It’s deemed as bad luck to hear or see him due to the unfortunate nature in which he died.
Dudley Castle was first built in 1071 as a Motte & Bailey fortification, as was common following the Norman invasion in 1066. It was one of many fortifications built by followers of William the Conqueror to help him maintain control of the land and its inhabitants.
In 1130 the fortification was rebuilt using stone; however, in 1175, the fortifications were demolished on the orders of King Henry II due to Gervaise de Paganel’s (castle’s owner) rebellion against him.
The castle remained without fortification until 1264 when the court granted permission for them to be rebuilt. During the next 50-60 years, many additions were built, including the two gatehouses that you can see today. In 1321 the de Suttons took ownership of the castle, and building work continued.
The de Suttons lived here until around 1536 when John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, took charge and ordered the castle be rebuilt in the style of a renaissance palace. However, unfortunately for John, he never got to see his dream come to fruition as he was tried and executed shortly after over a plot to make his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, the queen.
The castle was then awarded to the Suttons by Queen Mary. The castle was visited by Queen Elizabeth I and was considered as a possible place of imprisonment for Mary Queen of Scots. However, the Sutton family were in financial troubles, and the castle wasn’t there’s for much longer. Edward Sutton III solved his families financial problems by arranging the marriage of his granddaughter and heir, Frances Sutton, to Humble Ward, the son of a wealthy merchant.
The castle remained in the Ward family until the Civil War when Royalists held it. However, the castle fell to the hands of the Parliamentarians in 1646. The castle’s fortifications were once again removed in 1647. It stands now as it did in 1647 and is continuing to age with dignity.
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Visiting Dudley Castle
Uniquely situated on the grounds of a zoo, the castle and the grounds are accessible if you pay for zoo tickets.
Dudley Zoo is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, with the last admission at 3 pm.
Dudley Castle and grounds can be hired out for £600 for a maximum of 30 people, subject to having public liability insurance to the value of £5 million.
Address: Dudley Castle, Dudley DY1 4QF
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Ghost hunts / ghost hunting events / overnight ghost hunts.
Dudley Castle Ghost Hunting Experience
Ghost hunts here at the castle are certainly not for those afraid of the dark, not for the faint-hearted. Dark hooded figures are often seen and sensed by many guests, especially on the lawned area and one of the main walkways of the Castle. Deep cold icy breaths are often felt along with what appears to sound like groans. Many guests on previous ghost hunting events have reported that they think they are being watched. Many reports are being grabbed! Join the paranormal eye team as we unlock the castle and seek the many ghosts that haunt here. Be part of this intense ghost hunting experience and become a real paranormal investigator for the night. This Castle is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the West Midlands, and we have exclusive access for the night for this paranormal event. There have been numerous reports and sightings of a grey lady whom many believe is Dorothy Beaumont; many sightings have been reported within the Castle grounds, along with a ghostly apparition of a young boy dressed in period clothing which many believe is a drummer boy from the civil war, on certain occasions he has been seen and the sound of him playing his drums. The Castle`s undercroft is known for paranormal phenomena; many people become overwhelmed by the feeling of being unwell during vigils in this eerie, chilling part of the Castle. Join the Paranormal Eye Uk Team as we invite you into the haunted Dudley Castle for an overnight ghost hunt.
History of Dudley Castle
In 1537 John Dudley – son of Edmund Dudley, economic advisor to Henry VII, who Henry VIII executed – embarked on a building programme at Dudley Castle, including the stunning Sharington Range, named after his architect, William Sharington.
Dudley rapidly rose through royal ranks to become Duke of Northumberland. On the death of Henry VIII in 1547 became one of 16 executors of a Regency Council founded to supervise the nine-year-old successor, King Edward VI.
In 1552 Dudley became Lord Protector, but by spring 1553, the king had contracted TB. In an attempt to control the succession, he encouraged the dying Edward to void the rights of princesses Mary and Elizabeth to the throne and put his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, next in line.
Mary’s Catholicism posed a threat to the recently-introduced religious reformation and the newfound wealth of those who supported it. To boost his security Dudley arranged the marriage of his youngest son, Guilford, to Lady Jane on May 21.
King Edward VI died on July 6, and Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed queen. However, the succession was challenged by Mary and her supporters, who forced a coup d’etat against Dudley in the Privy Council, and he was charged with treason and executed on August 22, 1553.
His best-known son Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was a favourite of Mary’s successor, Queen Elizabeth I.
On August 11, 1575, Queen Elizabeth I visited Dudley Castle, and a decade later, the site was surveyed as a possible residence for the imprisoned Mary, Queen of Scots.
During the Civil War, Dudley Castle was garrisoned by royalist troops. It was besieged in 1644 and 1646 and surrendered on May 13, 1646. The following year, by order of Parliament, the keep, gatehouse, and curtain wall sections were slighted.
On July 24, 1750, a fire, which raged for three days, swept through the Sharington Range, gutting the once-magnificent palace. Dudley Castle was allowed to settle into the role of romantic ruin.
This Event Includes
• Access after dark to the castle and Grounds
• A guided tour and brief history of the location
• Working in Small Groups, Using an array of different equipment and techniques
• Spiritual Medium during the investigation
• Complimentary Tea, Coffee,
• Complimentary light snacks
Requirements For This Event
All attendees must be 18 years or older.
Not suitable for pregnant ladies.
Anyone under or suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances will not be permitted.
This is an old and dark location, all attendees must bring a torch with them.
All attendees are expected to wear sensible shoes no heels or sandals etc.
We advise that you wear warm clothing, as this locations can be very cold after dark (even during the summer months)
Dudley Castle Ghost Hunt
Friday 20th october 2023 8 pm - 2.00 am only £49.00 per person .
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Before booking this event, please read the following as per our terms and conditions agreed at the point of sale. All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.
This is not a sleepover event.
Complimentary hot and drinks are provided along with light snacks, We do not cater for dietary requirements. However guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks.
We operate a ticketless event. sign in on arrival.
Arrival time is 30 minutes before the event start time.
There is ON SITE CAR PARKING.
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Haunted By Unexplained Knocks & Bangs At Dudley Castle
Ghost hunting at dudley castle with the 'most haunted' team.
A bright full moon hung over the West Midlands town of Dudley at the weekend. While most were tucked up in bed, I joined a team of ghost hunters hoping to find proof of the paranormal at the town's oldest and most prominent landmark. I've been on quite a few ghost hunts before, but this was the first time I'd spent a night in a haunted castle.
Dudley Castle, now in partial ruin, is said to be home to many spirits including a phantom drummer boy, a Grey Lady who is often reported in the castle's keep, and the spirit of one of the castle's former residents, John de Somery.
The event was hosted by Most Haunted Experience , an offshoot of the long-running paranormal television show, fronted by Yvette Fielding. Although the star of the show wasn't at this particular event herself, two of the show's other investigators were - Karl Beattie and Stuart Torevell.
The History Of Dudley Castle
The ruins of the castle sit on a limestone hill locate at one end of Dudley Town centre. They date back to 1071 following the Norman invasion in 1066, but are built on a site of fortifications that go back hundreds of years further. The castle was of such strategic importance that it was once visited by Queen Elizabeth I herself.
The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. What we see of it today dates back to its use as a Royalist stronghold, when it was partially dismantled by Parliamentarians in 1646.
The hill the castle is situated on was extensively quarried during the Industrial Revolution, resulting in a labyrinth of mines and canals running beneath the castle, that brought many deaths and injuries to quarrymen.
The castle was inhabited until 1750, when a fire destroyed the residential parts of the castle. Today the castle makes up part of the grounds of Dudley Zoo. The most prominent remaining part of the castle is its keep which dates from the rebuilding that started in 1262.
Is Dudley Castle Haunted?
Dudley Castle is said to be home to many spirits including the Grey Lady who is believed to be the ghost of Dorothy Beaumont, who once lived in the castle and died there following complications after giving birth to her daughter. Her ghost is most often reported in the castle keep in the form of unexplained sounds and icy blasts of air, which are often accompanied by a strange blue mist.
However, the most haunted part of the castle is the chapel undercroft, where you'll find a stone coffin which is said to have once held the body of one of the castle's most infamous residents, John de Somery. His ghost has been spotted as disembodied legs beside the coffin, perhaps because his coffin was split in half while it was being transported to its final resting place at the castle.
Dudley also has the ghost of a drummer boy who was said to have been killed by a stray bullet during the Civil War. He allegedly haunted the battlements and the keep and is heard at night beating out drum rolls as if in battle. According to legend, it's a bad omen if you should see or hear the boy.
People have also reported seeing dark shadowy figures, and hearing strange sounds throughout the castle. Could the ghost of a witch who has also been sighted be responsible for these occurrences? Others have reported feeling tugs at their clothing as they walk through parts of the castle.
Although this was the first time I've visited Dudley Castle, the Most Haunted team are very familiar with this paranormal hotspot. Not only do MHE hold regular ghost hunts here, but Yvette, Karl, Stuart and the team have embarked on two investigations for the television show here.
The team's first night at the castle was in 2002 for the first ever 'Most Haunted Live!' show. Yvette was joined by her usual team of paranormal investigators, as well as a 500-strong audience in the castle's ground, who followed their antics along with the viewers at home on Halloween night.
Probably the best piece of evidence caught on camera during the live investigation appeared on the webcam that was placed in the kitchen. Viewers alerted the team to a shadow, which is seen passing by a doorway. It looked very much like a human walking by but the whole area was cordoned off and secure.
Yvette and the team returned to Dudley to investigate the castle for a 2018 episode of the show. The gang had a pretty active time at the location and heard plenty of odd knocks, bangs and what sounded like footsteps. But perhaps the thing fans best remember about the episode is Karl's moment of madness at the top of the keep.
During one of the vigils Karl got brave and climbed on the battlements and asked the spirits of the castle to prove they were there by pushing him. He was stood with a drop in to a spiral staircase on his right-hand-side and the long fall to the foot of the castle on his left. Karl noted that there was "certain death on one side and severe injury on the other." Luckily Karl wasn't pushed, but if he had fallen and survived, Yvette would definitely have killed him.
Arriving At Dudley Castle
We arrived at the castle at 9pm on a warm summer's night and were given a friendly greeting by the MHE team. We were then taken to one of the oldest parts of the castle, the undercroft. Here we took a seat in front of a projector screen for a welcome and orientation video. Like with all these events you have to sit through health and safety rules.
With the video out of the way, the event's organiser, Jenny, introduced the stars of the show, Karl and Stuart. Stood in front of the audience of about 30 guests, the duo told us what we could expect from the evening, spoke a little about best practices on a paranormal investigation, and cracked a few jokes - including one tongue-in-cheek warning not to stand on the castle walls.
Before the ghost hunt got underway, Karl and Stuart spent 10-15 minutes mingling with the guests. As the number of attendees at this venue wasn't too high, it seemed that most people got a chance to talk to the celebs.
Most Haunted's Stuart Torevell talking openly to us in the undercroft about an incident in the show's history that changed him for life at a location he says he'd still never go back to, the Ancient Ram Inn.
The ghost hunt.
With the meet and greet out of the way, we head out side for a group photo before being split into two teams to start our investigation. Although Karl and Stuart were at the event, once the ghost hunt begins you are in the capable hands of the MHE team. However, Karl and Stuart often walk around the location and join in with the guests' vigils.
Our team were sent back to the undercroft to start our investigation. A room where the stone coffin of John de Somery lies. A fairly small but atmospheric arched, stone room. There was only one way into the room, no windows and a complete lack of natural light.
The good thing about events like these is that they are suitable for guests of all levels of experience. Pete and Carly, the husband and wife team who were facilitating our first investigation took the time to talk us through the array of ghost hunting gadgets that were available for us to use during the event. Everything from dowsing rods to a thermal imaging camera.
We had a very promising start. As soon as we got stuck into the investigation we heard a crash at the back of the room. Carly checked the area but the source of the sound couldn't be found. This was followed by several unexplained sounds including an odd metallic noise that sounded like it was coming from a point between two guests.
Our team was then split into smaller groups. One half tried some table tipping, a method of communication that involves encouraging spirits to move a small wooden table. Meanwhile, our half of the group went to the back of the undercroft to conduct an experiment called the "human pendulum." This involved one volunteer from the group standing in the middle of a circle while we called out and encouraged the spirits to move her - forward to indicate 'yes' or backwards to indicate 'no'. There was someone stood in front of her and behind ready to catch her in case she was pushed too far.
According to the movement of the volunteer's body, the spirit was that of a male, but the rest of the information they shared with us was a little contradictory, leading the group to the conclusion that the spirit was playing with us.
After about an hour investigating the undercroft, we moved on to our next paranormal hotspot.
The Castle Keep
We next climbed the spiral stone staircase to the top of the castle's keep. I'm not sure this was the best place to investigate as there was a lot of noise from the busy town below, the wind rushing through the battlements and a flag that was flapping loudly in the breeze.
However, it was a memorable experience to be stood on the battlements of a castle at almost midnight. Dudley might not be the most picturesque town in the world, but seeing it lit up at night from our vantage point was well worth climbing the stairs and braving the wind for.
Even though it might not have been the best spot to investigate, we were teased by some minor occurrences that got our hopes up. At one point an EMF meter started to flash wildly. This device detects increases in electromagnetic field strength, a phenomenon some think is associate with ghost manifestation. However, there didn't appear to be any communicative intelligence behind the incident and moments later the device fell silent.
We were also a little excited at one point when we repeatedly heard what sounded like cannon fire echoing around the battlements. This sound baffled us for a few minutes, until one member of the group looked over the wall in the opposite direction and spotted a firework display on the horizon, which was clearly the cause of the sounds.
Back In The Undercroft
After making our way down from the battlement, we were heading for a break, but one of the team received a call on their radio and they announced, "can you move back into the undercroft, they've got some loud bangs going on."
So, we all excitedly headed back to the undercroft where we found Karl stood on the small wooden stage at the end of the room where he was experiencing loud knocks, that sounded like they were coming from beneath the stage.
Karl called out to the spirits, "can you copy this" before stamping his foot three times. Eerily thee almost identical knocks were heard coming back. By this time we had joined Karl on the stage and I could feel the knocks vibrating through the stage.
Then the sound seemed to move, while the vibration could still be felt coming from the stage, the sound now appeared to be emanating from the wall behind Karl. The vibrations were so pronounced that it felt as if someone was under the floor knocking the underside of the stage. However, the front of the stage was open and it was easy to see that this wasn't the case.
For more than ten minutes we listened to the strange knocking sounds. Karl then asked the spirit to try to communicate using knocks. He said, "can you knock two for 'yes', one for 'no'. Did you die here?" There were two knocks in response. Another guest then asked, "is there more than one of you?" And there were six knocks in response.
After a while the knocks seemed to die down and then stop all together, which meant it was time for a break. We headed to the castle's Courtyard Cafe, where during the event free hot and cold drinks and an excellent array of snacks were available. I had an orange Club biscuit.
For the final part of the night, MHE team members Mark and Sandra guided us through a part of the castle that doesn't just have ghosts, but also some little furry residents. The 'Castle Creatures' exhibit contains a series of rooms walking visitors through the history of the castle, before introducing them to some of the creatures you might associate with a castle, such as mice, rats and bats.
Because of the zoo animals in this part of the castle, it did smell a bit, but we soon got used to it - in the same way that our eyes adjusted to the dark. The second half of the investigation started out in much the same way as the first, calling out to the spirits and encouraging them to respond - moving from room to room of the exhibit as we did.
In the first room we conducted another human pendulum experiment. This time the guest taking part swayed back and forth in answer to our questions and became quite responsive. The group were able to determine that the spirit was connected with the land the castle was built on and was here before the castle, but apparently only died in the 1900s.
The guest acting as the human pendulum had been pushed back and forth so much that when he experiment ended, he had to be taken to one side to recover as he was still swaying and seemed to be close to toppling over - but he seemed to enjoy the experience.
Before the night came to an end, we did some more table tipping and plenty more calling out, but it seemed most of the night's activity had already occurred.
Having investigated haunted houses, prisons, pubs and all sorts of other types of location, I've been wanting to conduct a ghost hunt at a castle for a long time. As Dudley has been named the most haunted castle in the UK by the press, it seemed like the perfect choice of location and I wasn't disappointed.
Dudley Castle was a fantastic location and it was fun to be able to explore the various areas of the ruins during the free time at the end of the night. The team from Most Haunted Experience were very friendly, professional and knowledgeable and all of the guests got stuck into the investigation.
The highlight of the night had to be the moment with Karl in the undercroft when we heard clear and loud knocks and bangs. I was pleased to have been given the chance to get involved with investigating this activity, as it was the most responsive knocking I've ever heard at a haunted location. I got to call out with Karl and scattered a couple of my ghost hunting gadgets across the floor that could detect the vibration from the knocking sounds.
While for many having members of a television show's investigation team is what the event is all about, it can slow down the evening a little for those who want to get stuck into investigation. Whichever your preference, MHE can cater for you as they offer both "celeb" and "non-celeb" events.
Over all it was an excellent night. I really enjoyed it and would like to give a massive thanks to the MHE team for putting on the event and making it so much fun. If you'd like to book your own ghost hunt at Dudley Castle, you can find more information at mosthauntedexperience.com .
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