Unveil the legend of the Black Dog at Leeds Castle

Maidstone, Kent

Lord Conroy described Leeds Castle as the "the loveliest castle in the world", but this Norman stronghold has a much darker, more mysterious side.

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"There are many tales of ghostly sightings within the castle but past residents have particularly feared the ‘Black Dog’.

The ghostly dog is said to appear and disappear within moments, eerily fading into a wall or passing through a closed door. Its sightings came to be associated with a death or misfortune befalling a member of the castle owner's family. Legend states its origins lie with Henry VI’s aunt, Eleanor of Gloucester, who was imprisoned at Leeds Castle in 1431 for practicing witchcraft. Could the hound be the rest of an ancient spell?

During your visit ask the room guides about the castle’s gruesome period as a hospital and the outbreak of the Black Death.

For hair-raising of a different kind, why not book a private Upstairs tour and hear about the guests of the roaring 1920’s? See the bedroom where Edward and Mrs Simpson stayed and also where Pavarotti, the famous tenor, spent the night."

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