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Headless Ghost Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle from St Mary's Church

Scarborough Castle from St Mary’s Church

Headless Ghost Scarborough Castle

Taken from Something Paranoral

“Scarborough Castle is supposedly haunted by the headless figure of Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall.

Gaveston had a strong relationship with Edward I, and after being attacked by Thomas Plantagenet, 2nd Earl of Lancaster’s army, the two were forced to flee by ship to Scarborough Castle.

Gaveston was captured at the castle in 1312, surrendering on the condition that his life would be spared and that he would have a fair trial. However, on his journey to London, he was sentenced to death by Thomas of Lancaster.

Gaveston was taken to Blacklow Hill in Warwick, and killed by two Welshmen, who ran him through with a sword before beheading him as he lay dying on the grass.

The headless spectre of Gaveston patrols the battlements at night. He is now said to lurk in the shadows of the castle walls and lure visitors to their death over the cliff edge.”

Ghost of Piers Gaveston Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle 2010 from St Marys Church

Scarborough Castle 2010 from St Marys Church

Ghost of Piers Gaveston Scarborough Castle

Story taken from “Great Castles

“Piers Gaveston, the son of a Gascon knight, was the childhood friend and later “favorite” of the capricious, though ill-fated, King Edward II. An arrogant and boastful man, Gaveston succeeded in turning most of England’s nobility into implacable enemies. Their hatred was compounded when Edward appointed Gaveston as his regent when he crossed the English Channel to marry Isabella of France in January 1308. When, at Edward’s subsequent coronation, Gaveston was given the honor of carrying the crown of England, the barons were stung into action.

Under the leadership of Edward’s powerful cousin, Thomas of Lancaster, they demanded that Gaveston should be exiled. Edward refused, and Gaveston’s power and influence continued to grow unabated. He delighted in unhorsing aristocratic opponents at tournaments and reveled in heaping insult upon injury by giving them nicknames such as “le chien noir” (the Black Dog) for the Earl of Warwick, and the Old Hog for another adversary, Thomas of Lancaster.

Eventually, the barons could take no more. In 1312, they revolted against Edward, forcing him to flee to York where he set about raising an army, while Gaveston headed for Scarborough and took refuge behind the walls of the castle. The barons promptly laid siege to Scarborough Castle and, having taken Gaveston prisoner, headed south with their quarry, resting that night at Deddington Castle near Banbury. Next morning Gaveston was told to dress and go down to the courtyard, where he was met by a group of armed men. “You know me,” growled the leader, “I am the Black Dog.” Mounting Gaveston on a mule, they took him in mock procession to the Earl of Warwick’s castle, where Thomas of Lancaster and an assembly of barons sentenced him to death. Gaveston was beheaded in June 1312. It is, however, to Scarborough Castle that his headless specter chooses to return, and where it attempts to lure unsuspecting visitors over the battlements to an ignoble death.”

Park Manor Hotel Scarborough

Park Manor Hotel Scarborough

Park Manor Hotel Scarborough

Overlooking Scarborough’s scenic Peasholm Park, the 2-star AA rated Park Manor Hotel is less than 0.5 miles from the North Bay’s beach. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, and the restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients. South Bay’s sea front is just over a mile from the hotel. The hotel offers free parking, and both the South and North Cliff Golf Clubs are within a 10-minute drive.

Offering a flat-screen TV and free tea and coffee, all rooms also have a private bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries.

Along with a varied evening menu, the restaurant also serves full English breakfasts every morning. Guests can sample home-made shortbread in the relaxing lounge and bar.

Park Manor’s leisure facilities include an indoor pool, spa bath and steam room. Pool tables and table tennis are on site, whilst The Scarborough Bowls Centre is a 10-minute walk away.

Scarborough Castle is only a walk along the seafront.

Scarborough Fayre Hotel

Scarborough Fayre Hotel

Scarborough Fayre Hotel

We at the Scarborough Fayre Hotel believe that good food, comfort, relaxation and above all a personal service ensure a good holiday.

The Scarborough Fayre Hotel is situated in a premiere sea-front location, overlooking the North Bay, with spectacular views of the Castle and headland, just a short walk from the town and all North Bay attractions. Divided into two bays – North Bay and South Bay Scarborough provides the perfect seaside holiday venue for people of all ages, with it’s safe beaches and numerous other attractions. Continue reading

Number 10 The Apartment, 33 The Valley, Scarborough

Number 10 The Apartment Scarborough

Number 10 The Apartment Scarborough

This spacious three bedroom apartment is SITUATED within The Scarborough Travel and Holiday Lodge has been lovingly refurbished into a glamorous and regal place to stay! Enter the apartment into Vintage Hollywood as a number of old time stars line the walls to greet you. The living area pays homage to our capital city of London. Relax on your own throne next to the Royal Family as you cast your eye along London Bridge.

The fully fitted kitchen comes equipped ready for any meals you might like to prepare. There are three bedrooms available, all decorated differently with quirky and unique themes. Continue reading

Clifton Hotel Scarborough

Clifton Hotel in Scarborough

Clifton Hotel in Scarborough

With inspirational sea views across the North Sea and Scarborough’s magnificent castle headland, the Clifton Hotel Scarborough boasts many return guests. The hotel offers a wide range of bedroom types, in both traditional and contemporary styles and a restaurant renowned for its high quality Yorkshire fare using fresh produce.

The Clifton Hotel Scarborough has 70 delightful bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, direct dial telephone, colour television and welcome refreshment tray. Many rooms have spectacular sea views, so you can enjoy watching the local surfers and fisherman in the North Bay from the comfort of your room.

The hotel’s elegant Castle Ballroom also offers a delightful setting for social functions from Cocktail Parties to Birthday Parties, from Wedding Receptions to Dinner Dances.

At the end of a perfect day where better to relax and watch the world go by, than in the large hotel lounge or the traditional British bar – where you can enjoy your favourite tipple whilst watching our large screen TV’s. The hotel offers FREE wifi to all guests.

North Bay is heaven for families with a host of activities all year round including Peasholm Park, offering pedal boats, shows and the famous Navel Warfare and the striking pyramids of Scarborough Sea Life Centre where you can go beneath the sea with even getting we, coming face to face with everything from shrimps to sharks.

The hotel has a small car park (15 spaces) which can be booked in advance or works on first come, first serve basis for a price of 6,00 £ a night.

Derwent House Hotel Scarborough

Derwent House Hotel Scarborough

Derwent House Hotel Scarborough

The welcoming Derwent House Hotel is a family run hotel, open all year round for holiday makers, business travellers and those looking for a short break.

Situated on the beautiful sea front, with panoramic views over North Bay, Derwent House Hotel is the perfect base for exploring not only Scarborough but some of the scenic towns and villages nearby. We are located conveniently close to all the delights, attractions, amenities and sites of interest here in Scarborough; just a five minute walk to Scarborough’s historical castle, a 10 minute walk to the town centre and only a five minute walk to an excellent choice of restaurants offering international cuisine.

Close by also is the newly refurbished Open Air Theatre, Sea Life Centre, Casino, Indoor Swimming Pool and Peasholm Park. Whether your passion is for entertainment and excitement or long stretches of golden sands and fine dining, Scarborough can satisfy.

The epitome of British seaside resorts, Scarborough remains one of the country’s favourite destinations. There are so many reasons why Scarborough is as popular now as it always has been, aside from the nostalgia for its rich and vibrant early days. The resort has retained a traditional feel to it, despite many facelifts and improvements to facilities and services. There is a blending of the old with the new as Scarborough modernises its facilities without losing the charm of the ‘good ‘ol days’.

With easy access to the towns and cities of Filey, Bridlington, Whitby and York.

Tall Storeys Scarborough

Tall Storeys Scarborough

Tall Storeys Scarborough

All bedrooms feature either four poster or half tester beds and are all individually and elegantly decorated to provide cosy, intimate surroundings.

The bedrooms facing the south side have spectacular sea and castle battlement views. Bedrooms have en-suite facilities and are non smoking. Continue reading

Scarborough Cottages

Scarborough Harbour from the Castle

Scarborough Harbour from the Castle

From walking Yorkshire’s fantastic coastline to enjoying your days of leisure near the sea on golden beaches or taking in the breathtaking countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors. There is an ideal holiday cottage waiting for you in the Scarborough area. This wonderful Scarborough Cottage only has to be found!

Scarborough has all that is necessary to fulfil your holiday dreams giving lots of fun for the children and relaxation for the elderly.

Scarborough has many attractions on offer. The golden sands of the north and south beaches lay in-between the impressive headland with its majestic Scarborough Castle. There is the renowned Sea-life Centre to explore, Peaholm Park, the fun of the fair on the south promenade and the harbour with its white lighthouse to watch the fishermen at work.  Maybe just to hire a deck chair for the day and let the children ride on the donkeys and paddle in the sea.

The Spa Theatre and other entertain venues are here for evening entertainment.

Many award winning eating establishments are located in the area serving you with Italian, Indian, Chinese and still providing traditional English food like Fish & Chips on the foreshore. Ice cream in its cone is supplied endlessly from many excellent ice parlours dotted along the front.

Lots of cottages can be found within the area catering for couples requiring seclusion or large cottages for the large families to enjoy their own space.

Scarborough has lots to offer for that special holiday on the Yorkshire Coast.