Carew Castle Ghost Hunt – £49 (VIP £44.10)

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Start Date: 1st November 2019
End Date: 1st November 2019
Time: 8:00 pm to 3:00 am

Location: Castle Lane, Carew, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA70 8SL


New location for Fright Nights South Wales

An opportunity not to be missed. Join us as we investigate this impressive building with a combination of inside and outside spaces. With such an incredible history is it surprising that the Castle is haunted?

Carew Castle has been the venue for many paranormal investigations and is said to be haunted by several ghosts…

A Celtic warrior haunts the battlements and the ghost of a kitchen boy is thought to be responsible for the audible sounds of clanking pots and pans.

The ‘white lady’ walks the ruins day and night, and has often been witnessed drifting from room to room. She is thought to be the kindly spirit of Princess Nest, who was once the most beautiful woman in Wales. Princess Nest was the daughter of Rhys ap Tewder, The king of Deheubarth. Around the end of the 11th century, Nest spent some time in the court of Henry I. They fell in love and very soon she gave birth to his son. As this would have caused embarrassment within the court. The king arranged for the Princess to marry a Norman Knight named Gerald de Windsor, castellan of Pembroke Castle. Although neither of them were happy with the arrangement, they did in fact marry and in time grew to love each other dearly. Nest bought the manor of Carew as part of her dowry, and Gerald cleared the existing fort to build his own castle on Norman lines. Nest had many admirers, one of which (her own cousin) ‘Owain’ was so overcome by her beauty that he laid siege to the castle with the intention of her capture. She was held prisoner by Owain for six years until Gerald had his revenge and killed Owain in battle, rescuing his beautiful bride. Carew Castle was always Nests favourite place, so much so, that 900 years on there are still regular sightings of the beautiful lady.

The most unusual haunting is that of a Barbary ape that was rescued from a Spanish galleon and bought to the castle in the 18th century by a tenant named Sir Rowland Rees. It is said that he trained the ape to respond to his every wish with a series of whistles. One fateful stormy night an argument broke out when a local merchant came to the castle and demanded admittance. The story goes that Sir Rowland had a son who ran off with the daughter of the merchant. He was very distressed and upset about the young couples’ actions. Sir Rowland didn’t appreciate the hostile visitor and ordered his ape to kill the merchant and released it from its chains. The ape proceeded to attack the stranger, who eventually managed to escape and drag himself away badly injured. The merchant cursed Sir Rowland with an evil fate who was later found dead by his servants in the tower room, in a pool of blood. There was no sign of the ape! Legend has it that the ape returns on dark stormy nights and is often heard by passers-by.

Our Carew Castle Ghost Hunt includes:


Mediumship walkround – who haunts tonight

Psychic and Ghost Hunting Equipment

Psychic experiments including seances, glass divination, table tipping and more

Ghost hunting vigils in the dark – inclusive of vigil in the Tidal Mill which has rarely been investigated

Hot drinks and biscuits

Your chance to ghost hunt in a haunted location at night

Carew Castle is a partially restored Norman rectangular castle with Elizabethan Ranges, built on an Iron age fort. Owned by the famous Carew family who take their name from the site, now lease it to the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for administration.

The castle stands on a limestone bluff which overlooks the Carew inlet, part of the tidal estuary that makes up the Milford Haven Waterway.

The original outer walls were of timber and only the keep was of stone. It wasn’t until the middle of the 12th century, that an enclosure with stone walls was build by Nicholas de Carew who was Gerald de Windsors son. The new high walled structure incorporated the original keep with a new ‘Great Hall’ and complex of rooms.

The Carews fell on hard times and the castle fell into the hands of Rhys ap Thomas, who had made his fortune by backing Henry Tudor just before the battle of Bosworth in 1485. The castle was extended by Thomas who added many Tudor features. His grandson Rhys ap Gruffudd inherited the castle. Gruffudd fell out of favour with the king and was executed for treason by Henry IV in 1531.

Sir John Perrot acquired the castle in 1558, adding the final modifications; reconstructing the North walls to build a long range of domestic rooms. Perrot subsequently fell out of favour and died whilst he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1592. The castle reverted to the crown and was finally re-purchased by the Carew family in 1607. During the Civil war the castle was refortified by Royalists, and after changing hands a further three times, it was finally returned to the Carews who continued to occupy the site until 1686.

The castle was then abandoned and much of the structure was looted for building stone and lime burning

The Tidal mill is the only tidal mill that has been restored in Wales and although no longer working, all of the machinery is still intact. It is thought that the mill was constructed sometime around 1542.

Fright Nights South Wales have hired Carew Castle and Tidal Mill for the night for a very exclusive ghost hunt. You will be joined by experienced paranormal investigators and mediums to try and experience paranormal activity in one of the most haunted buildings in South Wales. Although access to the mill is usually limited, we have been given special permission to hold a vigil in the building. Please be aware that this is a short walk from the castle and we will not be allowed in the mill after 11pm! Full use of ghost hunting and psychic equipment will be provided as well as hot refreshments throughout the night.

Please note: Over 18’s only and NO pregnant women allowed as per our insurance cover. Venue is usually unsuitable for disabled guests due to the nature of the buildings but if in doubt, please contact us for more information.  NO accommodation is provided unless specifically detailed. For more information please see our full terms and conditions here.  All our events are fully insured, and a First Aider will be present.  This event is organised by Fright Nights South Wales.

With thanks to Gemma Snow of Fright Nights Cambridgeshire for the Research & Detailed Write-up for this event.


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