Samlesbury Hall is renowned as one of the most haunted houses in the North West and Britain. Resident spirits include the legendary Lady in White ghost, Dorothy Southworth who died of a broken heart and has since been seen on many occasions within the Hall and grounds.
In a Romeo & Juliet like scenario, the catholic Lady Dorothy fell in love with a young protestant man. Due to a difference in religion, the pair were not allowed to marry. They defied their family and continued to see each other in secret along the riverbanks of the Ribble, planning to elope and marry.
However, their relationship was discovered and reported back to Samlesbury Hall. On the night of their arranged elopement, Dorothy’s brother waited in ambush, killing the man and his two companions. They were to be buried in the chapel grounds.
Dorothy, who was there to witness all of it, was inconsolable and had to be sent to a convent overseas where she would later die of a broken heart.
To this day, Lady Dorothy’s spirit has lingered in our haunted halls, being spotted by many guests and even staff. The lady in white ghost is often seen floating down the many corridors of the hall.
Many TV programmes and magazines have attempted to record the ghostly activity at our haunted house in the North West. Visitors have included UKTV's 'Most Haunted' team with Yvette Fielding and Derek Acorah, historian and ghost-hunter Richard Felix, Radio One DJ Edith Bowman and numerous international media teams.
One particular spot in the Great Hall is the place where strange things regularly happen - a slap to the back of the head, uncomfortable feelings by wedding guests and a shadow passing have all been reported.
The Hall hosts a regular programme of ghost-hunt events and haunted house tours in the North West, where audiences can experience and participate in live interactive paranormal investigations.
You can check out the ghost event programme on Samlesbury Hall's events listing. But early booking is recommended - they're always a sell out! To attend a ghostly visit, Witches in Lancashire tour or enquire about an overnight stay, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ghost hunting can be tiring so why not also check out our luxury glamping in Lancashire for a great night's sleep. We are also home to one of the best restaurants in Lancashire, where you can enjoy a delicious meal after visiting our historic house in the North West.