Charleville Forest Castle is one of the many places in Ireland with ghosts as permanent residents. Built in 1798, for the first Earl of Charleville Charles William Bury and his family, this castle is said to be finest Gothic Revival building in Ireland. The castle remained in the hands of the Charleville family until 1963 when Colonel Charles Howard-Bury suddenly dropped dead.
Today, Bridget Vance owns the property and is restoring the castle to its original beauty. Workers there believe that they have awakened the spirits of those who remain here. Ghostly voices and classical music have been heard throughout the castle. Often the sounds of children playing can be heard coming from the room that was once the nursery. A young girl named Harriet died tragically while playing in the stairwell many years ago. Her apparition has been seen in the stairwell and people have also felt a cold spot brushing past them as they descend the steps. The castle was built on land that was once an ancient druid burial ground. Hooded figures have been seen by members of the Vance family.
This castle has been investigated by many paranormal investigators from around the world and they agree that this is one of the "spookiest castles" in Ireland.