Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom
Chambercombe Manor & Combe Martin
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 3½ Hours
If you visit Ilfracombe's creepiest landmark, what dark secrets will you uncover? Come find out at the most haunted dwelling in the UK, where visitors have witnessed some very strange happenings -- the swinging pendulum of a clock with no weights, the spinning of curtain poles and many more inexplicable events that your guide will share.
Parts of Chambercombe Manor date back to 1066 so, for some, it comes as no surprise that its ghosts are still in residence and often let their presence be known. A remote location, 900 years of history, legends of wreckers, smugglers, hidden bodies and an executed Queen of England -- Chambercombe Manor has seen it all. Mentioned in the Domesday book, the house was commissioned by William the Conqueror. It was owned by the Champernon family from around 1162 until the early 16th century, and then became the property of Henry, Duke of Suffolk, the father of Lady Jane Grey. Jane was the Tudor Queen who ruled for just nine days before being executed on a charge of treason. A knowledgable guide will meet you at Chambercombe Manor and will take you on a guided visit.
Low ceilings and a multitude of oak beams are a feature of the delightful rooms you will see as you explore the tranquil and timeless atmosphere of the famous manor. Chambercombe boasts many original features, including a barrel ceiling, a Tudor plaster frieze (circa 1650), a priest hole, and a mysterious secret chamber that once housed a skeleton. There is also rumored to be a secret passage used by smugglers.
In addition to the architectural features of the building, eight rooms of the Manor contain many fine pieces of period furniture, ranging from Elizabethan to Victorian.
Head to nearby Combe Martin village for some time to stroll on your own. From a sheltered, rocky seaside cove, Combe Martin runs for some two miles up a sheltered valley on the North Devon coast. Combe means a wooded valley and the Martins were a Norman family who inherited the local manor from one of the followers of William the Conqueror.
A stroll through the village will lead you to viewing points overlooking the beach.
Minimum age is 16 years.