Most haunted places in the UK

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Posted by Ruth on 22nd February 2022

Haunted places in the UK

If you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, why not visit the UK’s most haunted places to come face to face with all manner of spooks, spirits and spectres?

There are so many cool and creepy sites to visit across the country, from haunted houses to abandoned places, where you could be in with a chance of discovering the supernatural.

Whether you’re getting your thrills at Halloween or are a keen ghostbuster all year round, here are the most haunted places in the UK to inspire your next spook-tacular trip.

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The most haunted places in England

Pendle Hill

Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Home to the Pendle witches before their execution, Pendle Hill is renowned for its links with witchcraft and devil worship. The 12 alleged witches were accused of ten murders in the 17th century and ten women were later hanged. It has been reported that the witches still haunt the surrounding buildings and villages, with visitors noticing an intense feeling of anger when visiting the grounds.

The spine-chilling area was once featured in the popular TV series Most Haunted and was described by presenter Yvette Fielding as the “scariest place” they had ever filmed an episode. Today, many climb to the top of this hill in Lancashire during Halloween in the hopes of witnessing ghosts and spirits.

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn, Cornwall

With Cornwall’s rich pirate and smuggling heritage, it is not surprising that the Jamaica Inn in Cornwall is believed to be haunted by a highwayman and a murdered smuggler. The bar is said to be one of the most haunted areas of the inn and previous landlords have heard footsteps believed to be a spirit returning to finish his drink.

For those of you that are intrigued by the existence of the supernatural, book yourself into one of the late-night ghost hunts or even spend a night at the haunted inn, where previous guests have reported a series of strange incidents during their stay. But, if you fancy a pint without encountering a poltergeist, why not check out our guide to food and drink in Cornwall?

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Berry Pomeroy

Berry Pomeroy Castle, Devon

Said to be one of the most haunted castles in the UK, Berry Pomeroy in Devon has a number of ghostly residents. The first is that of the Blue Lady, who is said to wander the dungeons; legend has it that she lures people into the castle, making them disorientated before leaving them lost inside.

Another dweller of the castle is the White Lady, who was starved to death in the dungeons of St Margaret’s by her jealous sister and has been seen waving to visitors of the castle, who report a feeling of fear and depression at the sighting.

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Blickling Hall

Blickling Hall, Norfolk

Norfolk’s spectacular Blickling Hall is rumoured to be the home of one of the country’s most famous ghosts: Anne Boleyn. The grand building is said to have been constructed on the site of an older manor, where Anne Boleyn was born. After she was executed in 1536, the former Queen of England reputedly returned to her birthplace and appears every year on 19th May, the anniversary of her beheading.

At nightfall on this day, a creepy headless horseman drives a coach up to the house, with Anne Boleyn’s ghost riding as passenger, her own head in her lap. You can see it for yourself with a visit to this fantastic National Trust location in Norfolk.

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Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle, Northumberland

Said to be Britain’s most haunted historic castle, Chillingham Castle is one of the top spooky places to visit in the UK. This 13th-century fortress in Northumberland is home to many ghosts and ghouls who aren’t shy about making themselves known to visitors.

Castle guests have reported hearing whispering, feeling hands on their body, and spotting orbs on a visit to this ghostly location. You can be in with a chance of meeting spectres such as the White Pantry ghost, the ghost in the chamber and voices in the chapel on a guided tour of this great Northumberland castle at nightfall – if you dare!

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The most haunted places in Scotland

Mary King's Close

Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh

As one of the most haunted places in Scotland, these ancient undercover streets of Mary King's Close have a unique story to tell. The most famous tale is that of a little girl, who is said to have told a Japanese medium that she had lost her life to the plague and was in search of a doll that she had misplaced. Visitors now leave gifts for the crying child in spots where her presence is felt.

The attraction is open throughout the year but also offers a number of packages inviting you to delve deeper into Edinburgh’s dark history. Aside from ghost hunting, there are so many other great things to do in Edinburgh; it’s no surprise it’s one of the top places to stay in Scotland.

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle, Stirling and Falkirk

One of the most beautiful castles in Scotland, Stirling Castle is also one of the country’s most haunted locations. Throughout its colourful history – which has included 16 sieges, and many battles and murders – it has become the permanent residence of at least three spooky spectres.

Beware if you see the Green Lady – a green, spectral form – as she often precedes minor disasters such as fires. You may spot the Pink Lady walking to the nearby church, and she also roams the castle in search of her husband who was killed in the siege of 1304. And, most appropriately, there is also a man dressed in traditional Highland dress – you might see him walking through a wall.

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Glencoe

Glencoe, Argyll

You may recognise the spectacular and atmospheric landscape of Glencoe from the film Skyfall, but before its turn on the silver screen, this peaceful location had a far bloodier history. The Glencoe massacre of 1692 saw Clan Macdonald attacked by soldiers, resulting in 38 initial deaths and many more later on as members of the clan fled and then perished in the frozen mountains.

With so many gruesome deaths at this site, it’s no wonder Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most haunted sites. Visitors have reported all manner of creepy scenes and have even heard screams, so it’s a good – but tragic – place to seek out if you’re hunting for paranormal activity.

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Dunrobin Castle

Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland

Another of Scotland’s most haunted buildings, Dunrobin Castle is said to be home to Margaret, the ghost of the daughter of the 14th Earl of Sutherland. In the 17th century, Margaret’s father reputedly locked her in the castle’s attic to deter her from marrying someone he didn’t deem suitable.

Margaret planned to meet her lover in the castle grounds and tried to escape by climbing out of the window, but instead lost her footing and plunged to her death. She has haunted the castle ever since, calling out for her beloved.  

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Overtoun BridgeCredit: Dave Souza

Overtoun Bridge, West Dunbartonshire

One of the UK’s strangest creepy places, Overtoun Bridge is haunted by ghosts of a different kind. Instead of humans, it’s dogs that have met their end at this spooky spot, where the possessed pups suddenly jump to their death from one particular spot on the bridge and into the chilly burn below.

One rational explanation for this strange behaviour is that there are strong-smelling mink trails on one side of the bridge, however the more supernaturally minded say that the dogs are highly attuned to the spirits here and get spooked, leading them to jump in the river. Alternatively, in Celtic mythology, this bridge is believed to be a place where the boundary between the realms of the living and the dead is thinner. You will have to visit to make your own mind up – but maybe leave your dog at home, just in case!

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The most haunted places in Wales

Llancaiach Fawr

Llancaiach Fawr, Caerphilly

Named as one of the top ten most haunted places in the UK, this grand Tudor mansion in Wales is both a living piece of history and a hub for supernatural activity. Naughty children are said to play on the stairs, with one young boy in particular reported to tug at visitors’ sleeves and hair to make his presence known.

Llancaiach Fawr offers a variety of ghost tours, with some catering for families and others including a two-course meal for adult groups. Also, for paranormal groups, the manor is available to those wanting to conduct investigations of their own.

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Craig y Nos Castle

Craig y Nos Castle, Powys

Reputedly the most haunted castle in Wales, Craig y Nos Castle was once home to famous opera singer Adelina Patti, and then became a hospital for people suffering from TB. The ghosts of both Adelina and the stricken TB patients are said to haunt this imposing castle in the Swansea Valley.

You can feel the ghostly presence of these spectres for yourself on a ghost tour or even a ghost hen party, while those who want to avoid any spooky goings-on can instead take a more sedate walk around Craig y Nos, one of our favourite Brecon Beacons walks.

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Skirrid Inn, Monmouthshire

With over 900 years of history, it would be more surprising if the Skirrid Inn hadn’t picked up a ghost or two along the way. As it happens, it’s one of Wales’ best ghost hunting places, attracting spectre seekers from the world over to experience some spooky situations.

Guests have reported seeing ghostly figures of a coachman, a man in a long dress and an 18th-century barmaid, as well as hearing whispering, feeling cold spots in the room and even seeing pint glasses flying off the bar. Experience these ghostly goings-on for yourself with a visit to the Brecon Beacons.

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A gaol

Ruthin Gaol, Denbighshire

Built in 1654, and once holding up to 100 prisoners in terrible conditions, Ruthin Gaol is a must-visit if you’re looking for scary attractions in Wales that will send shivers up your spine. The gaol was abandoned for 10 years until 1926 when it was acquired by the council, with many reports of ghostly goings-on ever since.

You can take a ghost tour around the old gaol, where you’ll take part in spirit call-outs and use Ouija boards to commune with the dead. While you’re there, you might hear slamming doors, disembodied footsteps and screams of long-gone inmates. This one is not for the faint-hearted!

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Tenby

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Tenby’s colourful terraces and golden sandy beaches might not conjure up visions of spooks and spirits, but this popular Pembrokeshire destination is one of Wales’ most haunted towns.

Take a guided tour around its famous streets to learn more about the myths and legends of this seaside town, including haunted pubs, pirate spirits and gruesome murders. Unlike other haunted spots, this tour is very family friendly so it’s a great way for everyone to experience some thrills and spills when on holiday in Tenby.

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Enjoy a spooky holiday

Whether you wish to explore the paranormal with a group of friends or enjoy a spooky experience with your older children, we have both large cottages and family-friendly properties that will make the perfect safe haven for when you return from your haunted tours. Take a look at our full collection of cottages below.

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