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29th Oct 2021

Europe’s Scariest Places to Spend the Night, with three Irish hotels on the list

Fiona Frawley

If you haven’t watched enough films set in haunted houses to put you off for life, you may be interested this selection of haunted hotels.

It might not surprise you to see three hotels on the island of Ireland have made their way into the top 15 – after all, we are all a bit creepy. Fairy forts, banshees and general Samhain shenanigans are all part and parcel of Irish history, and sure what’s a bit of haunting between friends?

If you’re on the hunt for the spookiest places to stay in Europe, you might be interested to know that Ballygally Castle in Antrim was voted number 1 on the continent. The 17th century castle is home to the ghost of Lady Isobel Shaw, and if you’re looking to spend the night with her you can get booking HERE.

Coming in at number 3 is Castle Leslie Estate in Monaghan. Several ghosts and spirits are believed to roam the halls of Castle Leslie, and the ghost of Norman Leslie is said to regularly appear to those staying in the  Red Room. You can find out more and book a visit HERE.

Finally, holding the 15th spot is Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel. This isn’t just a boujie spot for afternoon tea, it’s also thought to be the home of the ghost of a young girl, Mary Masters. Mary is believed to have lived in the buildings that now house the Shelbourne before she died of cholera. Eerie. You can get booking for your night away with Mary HERE.

If all that hasn’t spooked you enough, you can read about the rest of Europe’s most haunted places to spend the night HERE.

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