I'm off to one of my favourite places on Monday, Chillingham Castle! My wife and I have been staying at this Castle since 2006 and absolutely love the place. The place is filled with such amazing history and atmosphere. Our stay is always the most relaxing break we could ask for.
However, I must comment on the review by "traveller 1367" further down the page. While I do agree with the point about some apartments could do with a little updating, other comments are way of the mark. The comments about The Chillingham Uncovered Paranormal team are so wrong. They are very much connected to the castle, they are the castles paranormal team and have been doing these vigils since 2010, not for the last two years as the gentlemen suggests, I know this because I went to their first ever event in 2010 and have been back 3 times to a vigil and twice for a ghost tour. As for the comment about getting their information only through guides and stewards at the castle, Graeme, the guy who runs the vigils is actually the head guide at the castle as well. I first met Graeme way back in 2007 at the castle and is the most genuine approachable guy I have had the pleasure to meet. His knowledge of history and paranormal on the castle is brilliant.
Yes, they do letter boards and table tipping (just like most other groups)if the guests ask for it but they don't come on the table with the guests, they stand and supervise. Graeme never presents anything like that as evidence, he always debunks activity first if he can. I have never ran around the courtyard with "gizmos" we have moved from room to room..The team always say you don't need equipment to contact spirit but it is there if you want it, and some of the public do use it but not many. My experiences on the vigils have been a real eye opener as have the apartments.
I know the castle allows other groups to do investigations, ghostnortheast, spiritseekers,etc they have no connection to the castle, they just hire it for the night, maybe this "traveller got mixed up with the groups. Yes it is £60pp for vigils but well worth it but I must point out that the team do this voluntary, the money goes to the castle.
The vigils are not every weekend, only about 15 a year which isn't many really. I suppose such events and other events have to take place for the upkeep of the castle.Also, Graeme sorts out a lot of the events at the castle, and I know this because when I rang to book an event it was passed to Graeme to deal with.
It doesn't sound like this gentleman has met Graeme or his team or knows the facts of the castle.
Anyway, the Castle and grounds are an amazing place to visit or stay overnight. Whichever you decide to do, you wont be disappointed!
- Also Known As:
- Chillingham Castle Alnwick
- Chillingham Castle Hotel Alnwick