Lumley Castle Hotel in Durham has intrigue, conspiracy and lots of hauntings – enough to scare the Australian cricket team.

RICK HALE introduces us to Lumley Hotel Castle Ghosts!

Lumley Castle Hotel
Ropery Lane, Chester Le Street

Lumley Castle Hotel's ghosts were scary enough to spook the Australian Cricket Team who were staying there in 2005!
Lumley Castle Hotel’s ghosts were scary enough to spook the Australian Cricket Team who were staying there in 2005!

Find out how you can stay at Lumley Castle Hotel here.

Lumley Castle Hotel is a Grade 1 listed 14th century building in the north of England, near the city of Durham

Lumley Castle has long been believed to be haunted by several spirits and all have been encountered by numerous people.

However, two spirits with with two very divergent agends are experienced the most. One appears to be a trickster spirit.

While the other spirit seems to take pleasure in terrifying whomever crosses her path.

Conspiracy In Lumley Castle Hotel’s History

Lumley Castle began its long history in the 14th century as a manor house built by Sir Ralph Lumley when he returned from the wars in Scotland.

By all accounts, Sir Ralph, was loyal to the king of England. All that changed when it was discovered that he was involved in a conspiracy to overthrow King Henry VI.

Sir Ralph was found guilty and beheaded for his part in the plot. All of Lumley’s lands and the castle was given to the Earl of Somerset.

In 1421, Thomas Lumley, restored the family name and bought back the castle.

Since then, Lumley castle has been a residence for University college of Durham. But it was in 1976, when it became a hotel, that the castle gained it’s ghostly reputation.

The Vengeful Ghost Of Lily Lumley

The oldest ghost story of Lumley Castle, concerns the 14th century lady of the manor, Lily Lumley.

According to legend, Lily was murdered by two Catholic priests when she refused to convert to the Catholic faith.

To hide the body, the priests threw it down a well on the property.

However, Lady Lily refused to stay quiet.

Since becoming a hotel, the vengeful wraith of Lady Lily has been witnessed wandering the corridors of the castle.

She is said to let out a bone chilling shriek as she flys towards whomever is unlucky enough to encounter her. She vanishes just before she strikes, Leaving a very frightened witness.

The castle made headlines in 2005, when the Australian cricket team fled the hotel in the middle of the night in their under garments.

When questioned, they claimed a horrific ghost chased them from the hotel. Not one of them returned after their harrowing experience.

Black Jack at Lumley Castle Hotel

The second most active spirit in the hotel has been affectionately called, Black Jack by the staff.

No one knows who Black Jack was in life, but unlike Lady Lily, this spirit enjoys playing innocent pranks.

Black Jack has been known to steal guests belongings and hide them in strange places.

He does have a destructive side though.

Black Jack is known to push glasses off tables and likes slamming doors in the middle of the night.

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Other Lumley Castle Hotel Ghosts

There are several other, less active ghosts in the castle.

Screaming and laughing children have been heard on the top floor when no living children are present.

The apparition of a strange man has been seen sitting at the bar. He watches guests for a few moments then vanishes leaving an icy chill.

And lastly, anomalous lights have been witnessed flying around the darkened corridors late at night when everyone is asleep.

Haunted Lumley Castle offers 72 uniquely decorated rooms that bring the old and new together.

The castle’s restaurant, The Black Knight is sure to satisfy the foodie among its guests.

And if you’re looking to unwind after a long day of either searching for the castle’s ghosts, or exploring Durham, afternoon tea is served in The Library Bar.

Lumley Castle Hotel is every bit the haunted English castle offering scares and comfort for those who stay.

Find out how you can stay at Lumley Castle Hotel here.

Have you been to the Lumley Castle Hotel – do you have any Lumley Castle Ghost Stories? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

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Rick Hale
RICK HALE is Spooky Isles Deputy Editor (Mysterious Phenomenon). A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rick has had an interest in anomalous phenomena since having a positive encounter with an apparition at an early age. Rick is the author of The Geek's Guide To The Strange And Unusual: Poltergeists, Ghosts & Demons. And the newly released Behold! Shocking True Tales Of Terror... And Some Other Spooky Stuff, both can be found at Rick has been published by The Supernatural Magazine and Paranormal Underground Magazine. Rick also appeared in Ghost Tapes 2 and several episodes of Ghost Tapes The Series found in


  1. I spent a night at the castle just 3or so months ago. It’s splendid! Excellent food, beautiful bedroom, the castle itself and staff are wonderful. But I didn’t experience any of the ghosts!

  2. My daughter and grandson spent a night in the Lumley Castle. They enjoyed the feast, was enthralled by the decor, and thought the service was absolutely top notch. Their names were Sheila and Ian Brody. They had a picture taken there after dinner, I looked at it and found something very unusual. The picture shows my daughter and grandson sitting down together, the odd thing is there is a face just behind my grandsons head just floating there. The face is jolly and smiling, but it is a bit odd. What do you think of that.?

  3. I stayed here just a year ago and it’s incredible. Beautiful, fantastic rooms, wonderful staff, outstanding food. But the ghosts left me alone. I want to stay again soon

  4. Hi,
    Yes my wife and I stayed in the King James suite 31.08.19. Had a few raps and bumps, found a cologne bottle standing upside down next morning (staff prank?), nothing too bad. But, when looking through my iPhone pics next day found loads of square orbs in same repeating formations. Thought it was dirt on lens. But wife’s iPhone pics are very much the same. Glowing square orbs, when zoomed in, are made up of glowing vertical bars. Contacted Lumley who got all defensive saying no one has ever reported anything ever basically, staff or guests! Odd for a hotel priding itself on its haunted reputation. Annoyed at their reaction so posted here.

  5. My grandad was a security guard there before it was converted into a hotel. He talks of endless nights alone in a completely empty castle and the strange things he’s experienced. My favourite being, during the night he did his standard walk around the outside perimeter of the castle- to his surprise he noticed a flickering light emitted from a window on the wall of the castle (bearing in mind this was before there was any source of electricity) upon noticing the light he headed directly for that room, racing through the corridors to find the room completely empty, there wasn’t a single sign of life except for the faint smell of burning, somewhat similar to the smell of a candle being blown out. This is only one of the many stories


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