Haunting Places To Visit in Cornwall This October

This month we’ve been exploring Cornwall and its mysterious tales of pirates, smugglers and haunting locations in the lead up to Halloween. Be sure to look out for the ghost of Merlin, who is said to live under Tintagel Castle in his creepy cave, or the Beast of Bodmin Moor, who has been accused of savaging livestock and causing trouble in the dead of night. Here’s out top five haunting locations to visit if you dare…

The Jamaica Inn, Bodmin Moor

Originally built as a coaching house in 1750, The Jamaica Inn is one of the most famous of all for its haunting encounters. With a colourful history as a smuggler’s den, the inn is classed as one of the most haunted places in the whole of the UK. Many spirits haunt it, with the most famous being a spiteful spirit of a highwayman in his traditional three cornered hat who is often seen walking through the doorways. Other sightings include a distressed mother and her crying baby, who have taking residency in room five, and with reports of raised voices arguing in the old Cornish tongue, you are bound to have a spooky experience.

Kennall Vale, Ponsanooth

The picturesque woodland walk through Kennall Vale is a favourite for families, dog walkers and runners alike and is one of the largest gunpowder works in the United Kingdom. In 1838 a gunpowder explosion tragically struck killing many workers and destroying five mills, making Kennall Vale a very eerie place to explore. It is said that a gentleman named William Dunstan, who sadly died in the explosion leaving his wife and ten children behind, haunts the area.

Pendennis Castle, Falmouth

Situated just on the outskirts of Falmouth, this 17th century castle was built by Henry VIII as a safe place to protect the Carrick Roads when the French and Spanish invaded. However, the enemy used the castle to trap the royalists for six months. With nothing to eat, the royalists were forced to eat their own horses and dogs until they chose to surrender. Ever since, Pendennis Castle has been home to ghostly figures that roam the castle both during the day and at night, including a kitchen maid who fell down a staircase to her death.

Bodmin Jail, Bodmin

Bodmin Jail was built by prisoners in the 18th century on the order of Henry VIII and now houses a museum packed with artefacts about the jail’s rich history. A ghost named Selina Wedge is said to glide through the jail in a dress at night, with her loud cries echoing through the walls. Selina was believed to have killed her youngest son in exchange for marriage only to be jilted at the very end as the man didn’t want her after all. Known for being a hot-spot of public hangings in the 18th century, why not visit Bodmin Jail at night for a supernatural evening?

Tintagel Castle, North Cornwall

The ruins of a 12th century castle where five ghosts are believed to roam is the setting for some spooky encounters in Tintagel. Three of these ghosts are said to haunt the nearby Camelot Hotel where they play mischief on the guests – knocking paintings from walls, tipping bins over, and even giving people a fright by trying to give them a bed bath in the middle of the night. One of the most famous ghost sightings at Tintagel is one of King Arthur’s close friends and mentor, Merlin. He is said to live in a cave just underneath the castle, babbling in a language that is foreign to all – even the Cornish!



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