EVER wanted to visit the most haunted place in Oxfordshire? Well now you can! 

Let's take a look at where you can you find the most active ghosts and ghouls in the county...

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Oxford Castle, City Centre

Several ghosts are said to haunt the hotel causing people to believe it is one of the most haunted buildings in the UK.

The castle was named home to the “most-seen ghost of 2009” with 32 people claiming to have seen Queen Matilda, who was incarcerated in the former prison in the 12th century, from 2006.  

People report that she appears as a strange, hooded figure formed of white mist. Other shadowy figures have also been reported including poltergeist activity.

Guests are able to book a paranormal tour of the castle and grounds or even a sleepover in one of the old prison cells.

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Christ Church College, City Centre            

The college is said to be haunted by a headless Charles I. He turned the college into his palace during the Civil War.

After being defeated by Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians, Charley was sentenced to death and convicted of treason in 1649 - he was executed outside the Banqueting Hall in Whitehall. 

It is said his spirit haunts the hallways without his head and the most notable sightings of him in the Bodleian Library, where he had once been denied the right to borrow books. 

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Oxford Playhouse, City Centre

A woman in a white veil covering her face is believed to stalk the stairwells of the Oxford Playhouse, which used to be an old nunnery, as well as St Sepulchre’s churchyard, in Walton Street.

The churchyard is said to be populated with the ghosts of former deans and porters of Oxford University.

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The Holt Hotel, Bicester

The hotel dates back to the 15th century and was once a coaching inn. It is said to be haunted by the spirit of highwayman Claude Duval.

He is reportedly seen walking around the corridors of the hotel at night and occasionally he is even seen inside some of the bedrooms. Guests frequently report hearing his heavy footsteps.

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Cumnor Place, North of Oxford Road

It is said to be haunted by the ghost of Amy Robsart who passed away in 1560 under some “fairly mysterious circumstances”.

It is a popular theory that she was murdered to free her husband up to be with the Queen Elizabeth I.

Her ghost has been reportedly sighted on the stairs where she supposedly broke her neck.

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The first Duke of Malborough is believed to have haunted the palace before Winston Churchill was born.

There are since been alleged sightings of Roundhead soldiers over the palace with some of the more common sightings describing soldiers huddling by the fireplace. Poltergeist activity has also been reported.


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @Geeharland

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