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Ballygally Castle Hotel with its Haunted Rooms - NI

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Published on Jun 10, 2017

This haunted hotel is possibly one of the most haunted places in the world or at least in UK and it has a very scary story - this part of the hotel is closed to guests staying - but you can visit the tower where the ghost room is and see how the story unfolded. The haunted building has not been touched in the recent upgrades of the hotel - leaving the ghost room as it was.

The haunted hotel is an attraction for ghost hunters and guests have told of ghost screams. The hotel itself is in a beautiful sea side location and it is a fabulous hotel - thankfully the haunted room is slightly separated from the rest of the hotel. You have to go up a round tower to the top and into the tiny rooms and you get a feeling for what it was like to be locked in there. If tempted - do check out this Haunted Hotel in the UK (Ballygally just outside Belfast - Northern Ireland).

For those who might not be well aware of Ballygally Hotel - of the Haunted Hotel as it might be referred to - it is an old castle that has been turned to a hotel and is located in the village of Ballygally in county Antrim, Northern Ireland, and even though it is more known as a hotel, people still visit it - or the tower - in order to check those haunted rooms which are found there and which are separated from the hotel itself.

There are different things that make this castle a different experience - that's of course apart from experiencing the feeling of the ghosts :-) - such as its location; Ballygally Castle overlooks the sea on the Ballygally Bay. The castle is strongly Scots influenced in style featuring corbelled cylindrical tourelles with conical roofs on top. The castle was built with high walls, steep roof, dormer windows and corner turrets; the walls are five feet thick with loopholes for muskets and a water stream used to ran through the outer hall to provide water in the case of siege.

This is one of the different and rare experiences that we have been through while visiting a castle or a hotel, but actually a lot of people agree on the fact that it is one place which they love to visit for the idea of being referred to as haunted and for the fact that the visit paid for it is actually different - not just an old thing to watch and go through.

Since it is now used as a hotel, the Ballygally Castle is one of the oldest 17th century buildings in Northern Ireland that is still used until these days as a residence and is also believed to be one of the best haunted places in Ulster.

The Haunted Castle; a lot of people are asking why it has been given that name. Being considered a haunted place goes back to the ghosts which are believed to be living in the place with the most active of them all is known as Lady Isobel Shaw who used to knock on the doors of the rooms and disappear - yes, it would be scary to be staying at a room like that - this lady was reported to die after throwing herself from the window when her husband locked her in the room and left her starving. Another famous ghost in this castle is called Madame Nixon who used to live in the castle in the 19th century and who could be heard walking around the place in her silk dress.

The question we keep asking ourselves is "is it possible that people could think about booking a room in this hotel or castle if they know that it is known as the haunted hotel and is believed to have ghosts living in it?" and we never knew whether the answer would end up being a yes or else will be a no.

There are different stories reported about this hotel which are related to guests seeing ghosts or feeling them and running to the lobby in fright and those which are related to finding rooms in a mess after getting them prepared for guests. The most important thing to mention and the one thing we consider the most important is the small room in the corner turret of the castle which is known as the "Ghost Room" and which is closed and not part of the hotel.

It is interesting to get to this castle - or hotel - and reach the room through this tower to see those pictures and stories written on the wall about the history of the place when it comes to those stories related to the ghosts, but we didn't try to sleep in the hotel to tell you about any other kind of experience there!

There are other different trips we have made to Ballygally before which will be considered close to the Ballygally Hotel - the Haunted Hotel - which include the Ballygally and Ballintoy trip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H7Vh...), We have also visited this hotel before to check one of the doors that appeared in the Game of Thrones movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SnEq...), and we also enjoyed the Ballygally Beach which is near the castle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9vbX...).

Are you up to such an experience with some ghosts in it?

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