Spooky Snowdonia: Ten of Snowdonia’s Most Haunted Sites

Spooky Snowdonia: Ten of Snowdonia’s Most Haunted Sites

The existence of ghosts, spirits and other supernatural phenomena is a much-debated subject; nowhere more so than in Snowdonia, where many centuries’ worth of myths, legends and spooky stories are an integral part of our rich storytelling heritage.

The following are ten of Snowdonia’s most haunted sites, if the stories are to be believed…

1. Maes-y-Neuadd

Maes-y-Neuadd at Talsarnau, near Harlech, is a 14th century building, extended over the centuries to become a manor house, which is now run as a hotel. The hotel has a resident ghost, reputedly the spirit of a children’s nursemaid from centuries ago. She’s a friendly ghost, though; guests report feeling comforted by her presence, and drifting pleasantly off to sleep whenever she appears.

2. Castell y Bere

In its heyday Castell y Bere, a 13th century castle near Tywyn, was a stronghold of the princes of Gwynedd. Little remains of the building today, but the outline of towers and walls are still clearly visible. It’s said that a solitary, shadowy figure is sometimes seen standing at the ruins at sunset. As the sun slips out of sight over the surrounding hills, the figure slowly melts away.

3. The Faenol Estate

The Faenol Estate, Bangor, dates back to Tudor times and is said to have a very spooky chapel. Apparently, there is a strange bird-like ghost – reportedly the ghost of a man executed for illegally cutting down trees on the Estate – that perches in a tree, screeching at passers-by: “Woe! Woe’s me that I ever put a handle to my axe to fell the trees of Faenol!”

4. Aberconwy House

Aberconwy House in Conwy is a beautifully-preserved medieval merchant’s house which now has a shop on the lower floor and a museum upstairs. There have been several spooky goings-on reported at Aberconwy house, including the original mistress of the house seen sitting by the fireplace. Other reports include volunteers being prodded, creaking floorboards, rattling doors and even a door slammed in someone’s face.

5. The Black Boy Inn

The 16th century Black Boy Inn, in the heart of Caernarfon, is one of the oldest inns to survive in Wales. Centuries ago the inn backed onto a nunnery, and one of the most oft-reported spooky sightings at the Black Boy Inn is that of the ghost of a nun passing through the walls. There have also been reports of people feeling as if they’re being strangled when walking up the stairs.

6. Gwydir Castle

Parts of Gwydir Castle, in the Conwy Valley, date back to the 14th century. The castle is now run as a country house hotel. Many supernatural experiences have been reported at the castle over the centuries, including sightings of the ghost of a young woman, the smell of a rotting corpse, unexplained drops in temperature, the sound of children crying, the ghost of a dog and even a ghostly procession on the Great Terrace.

7. The Anglesey Arms

Another old Caernarfon pub, the Anglesey Arms was once the town’s customs house and sits next to the old hanging tower, at one time the place of execution of criminals. There are stories of glasses on high shelves moving of their own accord and even hanging in the air; darts sometimes jump out of the dart board; and there have been reports of invisible beings sitting at the end of guests’ beds.

8. Bardsey

Bardsey, off the Llyn Peninsula, has a very long history and there are many myths and legends attached to the island. Most of these concern King Arthur and Merlin, but there are ghost stories attached to Bardsey too. St Cafan built St Mary’s monastery on the island in the 6th century, and this was destroyed during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries. There have been reported sightings of shadowy, cowled monks appearing along the shoreline; their appearance is said to be an omen of disaster coming to the area.

9. The Rhinogydd

The Rhinogydd mountain range has been described as Wales’ last true wilderness. One of the most popular walking routes around Rhinog Fawr starts at a medieval packhorse trail known as the Roman steps. Despite the steps not actually being Roman, there was plenty going on in Snowdonia in Roman times, and perhaps this is the background to the legend which says that a ghostly troupe of Roman soldiers with mules can sometimes be seen trudging up the steps; according to legend, anyone following the soldiers will be led to a secret stash of gold.

10. Plas yn Rhiw

Plas yn Rhiw, overlooking Hell’s Mouth on the Llyn Peninsula, has apparently existed as a dwelling for over a thousand years. Supernatural phenomena reported at Plas yn Rhiw include the ghostly footsteps and coughing of an old man, and the weeping spectral figure of a Victorian maiden.

Steven Jones is Senior Tourism Services Officer at Cyngor Gwynedd Council, a Welsh local authority whose not-for-profit Snowdonia Mountains and Coast website provides visitors to Snowdonia with a wealth of useful information about the region, including activities, attractions, history and culture. The site also enables visitors to search an extensive database of Snowdonia accommodation, and to plan their holidays in some of Snowdonia’s most popular towns and villages.

Most Mysterious Hotels and Inns In Britain

Most Mysterious Hotels and Inns In Britain

Haunted Britain has a rich and terrific history, which sometimes make people feel like a classical English novel. Many mysterious things rose up around the UK through this true-to-life story, some of which are about the haunted pubs, hotels, and inns that can easily be found here. The following five hotels and inns are great examples. Get some information about them and give your own opinion whether you believe in these tales or not.


Cross Keys Hotel

Originally built in 1693 as a coaching inn, the Cross Keys Hotel is the most haunted building in all of Peebles, Scotland. It is said the Bedroom #5 is haunted by the ghost of a lady named Marion Ritchie, the first landlady of the Cross Keys Hotel. There are a lot of paranormal activities here, and it is even said that Marion Ritchie’s ghost is the inspiration for Meg Dodds, a character in Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly novels.


Dolphin Hotel

Another hotel that was originally used as a coaching or staging inn, the Dolphin Hotel has been in Littlehampton, England since 1735. Haunted by a variety of ghosts, mainly ladies and children, the Dolphin Hotel is even the main base of operations for the Littlehampton Investigative Ghost Hunting Team, or LIGHT.


Globe Inn

Located in Ludlow, England, the inn is reportedly haunted by a former Tudor soldier named Edward Dobson who died in a pub brawl around the year 1553. His ghost, which can be seen wearing a cloak and a wig, has been known to hover over the exact spot where Dobson fell to his death; there have been numerous different apparition sightings throughout the years.


Langham Hilton

Touted as Europe’s very first and original grand hotel, the Langham Hilton opened in 1865 and was once owned by the BBC. Because of this, most of the ghost sightings here have come from journalists and members of the popular media; including the ghost of a German Prince and the ghost of a Victorian doctor.


Ring O’ Bells

The Ring O’ Bells in Middleton, England is a top secret hotel not only thought to be one of the town’s oldest buildings, but one of the most haunted as well. Parts of the pub’s foundation have been dated all the way back to the Saxon period, and it is thought that an ancient Druidic temple once stood here in the Iron Age. The pub itself is primarily haunted by an apparition nicknamed Edward, who is known for loud mysterious footsteps, strange feelings, weird noises and even manifesting himself visually to patrons.


Max Brockbank is an online writer and editor.

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