Haunted Ripley Castle

Back in 1997 I was pregnant with my daughter. My husband and I decided to visit a local castle, approx. 2 miles from where we live - Ripley Castle, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.

It was one of those things where you get a tour guide to show you round. One of the rooms we were shown round was like a banqueting hall. As soon as I walked into it I felt uneasy. As we were being talked to by the guide I looked to my left and saw what appeared to be smoke billowing from the side of a young gentleman standing near me. No one else appeared to notice. My first thought was that he was smoking and I couldn't believe that he had the nerve to do this in a stately home.

A few moments later the guide asked if anybody knew the history behind the room.......she then announced that it was haunted and pointed to the exact spot where I had seen the strange smoke and announced that this was where the ghost appeared. I looked and all the smoke had gone!

Naturally, being around 7 months pregnant at the time I did not want to publicly announce what I had seen as I knew people would think it was all down to hormones. I did tell my husband, however.

I have had lots of other experiences - as has my young daughter, and I know what I saw that day.

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