Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland  Map

Constructed: 11th century


Haunting in Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is situated in Alnwick, Northumberland county. First portion of Alnwick Castle was constructed in 1096 by Yves de Vescy, Baron of Alnwick after Norman invasion by William the Conqueror. Its strategic location was supposed to defend against the Scottish tribes in the North. It did not work very well and in 1136 it was taken by the invading king David I of Scotland. In the 14th century the castle was purchased by 1st Lord Percy of Alnwick. He undertook an extensive renovation of Alnwick citadel's defenses to match the warfare tactics. Abbot’s Tower, the Middle Gateway and the Constable’s Tower date back to these times. Over time however military importance of the castle have decreased. Alnwick Castle was neglected until Hugh Smithson and Elizabeth Seymour inherited it becoming the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. They undertook a major reconstruction of the Alnwick Castle, turning it into a fashionable residence. Over time new features were added including electricity in 1889 that was delivered by a hydro plant near by. Today it serves as an open museum. Alnwick Castle keeps medieval charm that is often used by movie makers for filming locations. This includes: Becket, Ivanhoe, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Elizabeth and pretty much all of the Harry Potter movies.


Local legend claim that one of the lords of the castle who lived in Alnwick Castle in the twelfth century turned into a vampire after his death. By day he lived underneath the castle, but at night it emerged from his hiding place. When he attacked local villagers who ventured too close to medieval citadel. Historian William of Newburgh recorded these events. During the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century casualty rate went through the roof. Villagers blamed the vampire for these deaths and his body was recovered and burned. Today some people claim they see a shadowy figure that walks around his former possessions of Alnwick Castle.