Signal Hill, NL (Canada)
Signal Hill is a national historic site in Canada, celebrating the point of reception for the first transatlantic wireless communication. But did you know it’s said to be haunted? Ghosts are often spotted wandering around the St. John’s landmark, from soldiers to prisoners and everyone in between. One of the better-known ghosts is that of a woman whose husband went off to war and, unfortunately, did not return. In her spirit form, she stays by the dock, spending her nights searching for her husband.
Malahide Castle, Dublin (Ireland)
Castles often get a reputation for being haunted because of their age and history. The ghost of Malahide Castle, “Puck”, was once a caretaker whose sole duty was to sound the alarm if the castle was under attack. A man of four feet with a very full beard, Puck carried a distinctive look which his ghost maintains. The last spotting of Puck’s ghost was in the 1970s, shortly after the death of Lord Milo Talbot.
Chateau de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire (France)
The ownership of Chateau Brissac has changed many times since its construction in the eleventh century, but la Dame Verte (the Green Lady) has maintained her residence. Named for the green dress she wears, this spirit is believed to be that of Charlotte de France, murdered by her jealous husband in the chapel tower of this Chateau.
The Witch House, Salem, Massachusetts (USA)
The Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts is the former home of Jonathan Corwin, former magistrate and one of the best known judges involved in the Salem Witch Trials. Up until recently, access to this location for the purposes of paranormal investigation was restricted. When a team from the Travel Channel was allowed to inspect the premises, several spooky things began to happen, including (but not limited to) the sound of a child humming. Tour guides have also reported hearing phantom footsteps and whispers.
The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town (South Africa)
It is no wonder the Castle of Good Hope is haunted. As the oldest colonial building still in use, it was once used for events ranging from celebrations to executions. Ghosts haunt every part of this building, but one of the most memorable is Lady Anne Barnard, who haunts the ballroom. Coming from modest means, Lady Anne secured a short tenancy at the Castle through a government position for her husband. Her living time there was filled with lavish parties and many say you can still spot her elegantly dressed spirit dancing in the ballroom.
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Written by Deanna Gregorio, Brand Specialist at travelcuts.