Horrifying shadowy figures in the windows, chilling screams in the darkness and floating ‘woman in white’.
These are just some of the terrifying incidents on paranormal activity that the I’m A Celebrity campmates are facing this year inside Gwrych Castle.
The traumatised crew are reportedly ‘refusing’ to work in the 200-year-old castle at night after witnessing ‘ghostly faces in the windows’ and hearing ‘horrifying noises’.
Forget about the Bushtucker Trials, just staying overnight in the haunted castle has become an ordeal in itself, with staff allegedly not wanting to work in certain creepy areas.
Legend has it that the 19th Century fortress is haunted by the ghosts of its former residents, including a betrayed Countess who patrols the castle at night looking for vengeance.
Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have noticed some bizarre happenings themselves in the dungeon crypt
While filming an Instagram video in the trial area, Ant spotted something in the distance and jokingly started to run away as he clutched his chest.
“It was the woman from props. It wasn’t the Countess,” said panting Ant.
While Dec added: “Sorry, someone’s put the willies up us. Which was an experience in istelf.”
The spooky goings on are said to have caused a stir among the ITV crew working in north Wales, but this is nothing new.
There is a real-life tragedy behind the creepy castle that lingers like a bad stench to this day.
The Countess of Dundonald, Winifred Cochrane, supposedly haunts the castle at night in fury at her tyrannical husband.
When the wealthy heiress died in 1924, she tried to leave the castle to King George V to end 1,000 years of private ownership, but the gift was refused and put to auction.
Her husband, Douglas Cochrane, 12th Earl of Dundonald, then sold of all her possessions so he could buy the castle for himself.
Now the furious Countess returns each night because of her husband’s betrayal.
But she’s not the only one terrorising the area, as workers claim to have experienced the presence of the old game keeper, a distressed dairy maid and a butler.
Some locals believe the spirit of a servant girl who died falling off a horse haunts the land, while the tyrannical Earl of Dundonald himself is said to stalk the castle corridors.
Real life ghost encounters by staff and visitors to Gwrych are commonplace – with guests taking part in monthly ghost hunts.
According to the castle’s website, the Countess’s Tower is one of the most paranormally active areas in the castle, and is situated within the gardens which are said to be haunted by the Countess herself.
Back in September 2018, a volunteer was flung up the stairs on the staircase where a butler had met his end.
“The handrail gave way to nothingness and I felt something propel me up the top three stairs,” explained Jenny.
“Seconds later, my colleague told me the butler died right there on that same staircase. I hadn’t told her what just happened!”
While Duty Manager Dewi felt a horrifying presence approach him in the darkness – but when he flashed a light there was no one to be seen.
“Terrified, I heard the chain on the main gates rattle slightly and then the footsteps began to advance towards me,” recalled Dewi.
“It was pitch black on the Main Terrace, and I was waiting for the electrician to finish in another part of the castle so I could lock up.
“The footsteps grew closer and closer…and then came to a dead stop about a foot in front of me.
“Barely able to take a breath, I got out my phone and flashed its torch…but there was nobody there.”
A former Knight of Gwrych, who did battle re-enactments and jousting at the castle from the 1970s to the early 90s, also witnessed some horrors.
Graham Jones once heard the sounds of a horse snorting and clopping on the cobbles while walking home from the castle, but there was nothing behind him.
Revealing another experience, Graham told the BBC: “After the siege show, the castle’s manager asked me to get a flag pole on the roof. I went up to do it, out through a little doorway in the roof and there was an old woman sitting on the floor.
“She snapped ‘You can’t go this way!’ so I went the other way and somehow she got there before me. She kept saying ‘You’re not allowed up here!’.
“When I got back I asked the manager about the old lady and he said ‘What old lady?’.”
He later recognised the mystery lady in a very old photograph of former staff at the castle – and she would have died long before his encounter on the castle roof.
And his friend Steve, a security guard, once heard someone coming down the kitchen steps and felt someone breathing on the back of his neck.
There appears to be at least one extra camp mate joining the celebs this year as a ghostly figure was reportedly seen at a window of Gwrych Castle during the launch night.
An employee of the attraction has told The Sun that they had seen a floating woman in white and ghost hunters had felt her presence.
“Several of the crew are completely horror-stricken and don’t want to go up to the castle,” they claimed.
“There are lots of lights on the main sets but there are also many dark areas behind the scenes and some noises are extremely spooky.
“Even staff who don’t believe in that sort of thing are reluctant to go up to some of parts that were supposed to be used for running equipment and camera positions.”
Gemma Williams, a paranormal investigator, told the Daily Mail that she was “chased by a glowing woman wearing a red dress” during an overnight stay.
“My friends and I stood there in absolute shock looking at her,” she explained.
“She had an old fashioned red dress on, a white shawl going over her arms and curly blonde hair.
“We heard an almighty scream from her, it was really, really loud, which made us run again, it broke the trance. We ran down the front of the castle at full pelt.
“We all got to the bottom and said one by one that we had seen a lady in a red dress. There was no explanation for it at all.”
Are all these people mistaken or is the castle really being haunted?
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