"All houses in which men have lived and died
Are haunted houses: through open doors
The harmless phantoms on their errands glide
With feet that make no sound upon the floors"
"Do I believe in ghosts? No, but I am afraid of them."
(Marie Anne, Marquise du Deffand, 1697-1780)
This small island is home to a gallery of ghosts and spooky happenings. It has everything - from phantom monks, grey ladies and poltergeists - to the spirits of smugglers, soldiers, Royalty, Romans and ghostly murderers, not forgetting the ghost-ships and ghost-trains, which are sometimes seen.
Hundreds of restless spirits haunt hotels, hospitals, castles, manor houses, inns, shops and offices, while the spirits of smugglers and shipwrecked seamen walk the lonely beaches.
Undead soldiers haunt old fortresses; there's a haunted police station, courthouse, lighthouse, library and council offices, and one phantom convict is still serving an 'afterlife' sentence in notorious Parkhurst Prison.